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    What do I do now?

    I foolishly cut the backing and batting a mere 2.5 inches larger all around than my quilt top. I haven't found a long arm quilter who would even entertain quilting it. The quilt measures 32x32. The backing is a special fabric chosen by the recipient and I can't find a replacement. What do I do now short of explaining my error? I'm more than willing to admit the mistake but is 2.5 inches really too little around the quilt top to make it work?

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    i have quilted a queen size with about an inch around the top edge.

    could you quilt it yourself? hand quilting in a hoop has always seems to me the very best way to retain control of things like shrink because i can see what's happening as it happens in slow time. but machine quilting a project that size shouldn't be too crazy either.

    you can do it! and i bet it's spectacular too!

    (obviously i have no counsel via the long arm thing. i've never used their services. i wonder though if you couldn't baste your quilt onto a muslin extension piece to give them the cloth they need. i am assuming it's for mounting it on a frame? i don't think even a heavily quilted project could lose 2.5 inches all around.....)


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    Can you baste some additional fabric onto your backing that will enlarge it enough for your LA person to quilt it for you? Then you can take the fabric off and bind the quilt.

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    I don't long arm but I would think for a quilt that size, they should not have any trouble with keeping it centered. If you have 2 or more inches all around, I would think it would be enough. If it was a large quilt, I could see them wanting a little more around the edge. Maybe one of the LA quilters on QB will comment on your post.

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    this is a reasonable solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    Can you baste some additional fabric onto your backing that will enlarge it enough for your LA person to quilt it for you? Then you can take the fabric off and bind the quilt.
    this was my first thought, as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    Can you baste some additional fabric onto your backing that will enlarge it enough for your LA person to quilt it for you? Then you can take the fabric off and bind the quilt.

    Ditto ... but ask your LAQ first as I'm sure she will want it on there with a short stitch, rather than a basting stitch, to minimize the give.

    2-1/2" would be cutting it short for a LAQ to put it on the machine, though for a smaller piece like that, mine would deal with it and do it for me. However, you have to remember it's their business and their policies. You might ask if they would do it for you, if you paid them an added fee for the inconvenience.

    And too, do they realize that the piece is that size? or perhaps they are thinking it's a full size quilt?
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    Talk to your LAQ. You would need to add the extra to the backing on all 4 sides and you can use a regular stitch since you will be trimming it later. You may also need to all some batting (that can be basted or you can use the new tape they have out now), particularly to the length. And if your LAQ prefers to do that herself, you should compensate her. It can be done.

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    I have done 2 inches on a baby quilt without a problem. You need to be sure both your top and backing are really square - batting too. I have also sewn a few inches onto a throw size quilt back that I felt was a little too small a margin and then cut it off when finished. But your LAQ will have to agree.
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    are you quilting it or sending it out? you can make it work-
    if sending it out to a long-armer simply add some muslin (leaders) basted on all the way around to give her a little more to work with---talk to her about it- she will advise you- if you are quilting it yourself baste very very well- and as long as you don't quilt it too heavily you will probably have plenty- the more quilting there is the more (draw up) of the fabric there is- so if the quilting is not very intricate it won't draw up alot. i long-arm and have had many with that much (or less) i just baste muslin on to give me something to pin to when loading- and allow room- it does take extra care & can cost a little more due to more work- but it is a doable situation.
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    I think this can be done, especially if you baste some fabric to it all around to give the longarmer someplace to place the side clamps, without them getting in the way of the hopping foot when quilting along the edges of the quilt. Make sure you discuss it with her first, of course, and I agree with everyone else who said to sew the extra fabric on with a regular stitch. Good luck!

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    I too, have LA'd with way less than the desired 4" all around, as long as 1) The quilt is small (yours is); 2) the quilt is
    squared up, and 3) they don't want too heavy quilting on it. If all three conditions are met, you shouldn't have any problems; if they're not, I would add the extra backing and batting for insurance and quilt away. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by heronfan View Post
    I foolishly cut the backing and batting a mere 2.5 inches larger all around than my quilt top. I haven't found a long arm quilter who would even entertain quilting it. The quilt measures 32x32. The backing is a special fabric chosen by the recipient and I can't find a replacement. What do I do now short of explaining my error? I'm more than willing to admit the mistake but is 2.5 inches really too little around the quilt top to make it work?
    Don't worry. I have done quilts on a LA with that amount of extra around the edge. It is a small quilt and if the quilting isn't very dense there should be no problem. Try some people on the QB. I am thinking it is more the size of the quilt rather than the extra edge being narrow. It will take as much time to load it as to quilt it. Even though they get a set bottom fee for quilt size the time isn't worth it to them, IMHO. I would do any size quilt with out a second thought.

    U could also base an exta border on the backing and remove it after quilting. I wouldn't worry about the small edge. Hope it works out for you.
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    Being a longarm quilter for hire myself, I have added fabric to customers' backing several times to make the backing large enough to load on my frame and be able to clamp it without hitting the clamps when quilting. I like to butt strips of muslin against the backing fabric and zig zag the two together. Once the quilting is completed the muslin strips come off very easily.

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    For that small size you should be just fine. Maybe it's a message to yourself to branche into quilting on your machine. Good luck!
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    Heronfan, I am local (also outside of Troy, going towards Vermont) and I LA. If you are interested I can work with what you have, if you are willing to baste some extra fabric to top and bottom so I can attach to my leaders. Feel free to PM me if you are interested.

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    My LAQ just did one for me where I had only 2" all around a 54" square quilt. Since yours is so small, I would definitely ask if your LAQ is aware of the size, and if she still has limitations I would sew an extra 3" piece of fabric all around that could be trimmed after quilting.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    Can you baste some additional fabric onto your backing that will enlarge it enough for your LA person to quilt it for you? Then you can take the fabric off and bind the quilt.
    That's my suggestion, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    Can you baste some additional fabric onto your backing that will enlarge it enough for your LA person to quilt it for you? Then you can take the fabric off and bind the quilt.
    This is what I would do. Good luck.
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    Hope I understand you well enough: Why not sew a temporary piece all around it so that it is big enough to fit on the frame and then remove it after the quilting is done?

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    Quilt it yourself on your domestic machine. I do all the time with quilts up to 120x120. A 32x32 quilt is very doable on even a small throat opening.
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    O.K., I'm not a longarm quilter so am going to ask a silly question. Just how many extra inches should a person have if doing it this method? Why the extra? I know when I handquilt to have extra but when looking at these replies it seems that it is desirable for 3 or more inches. Just being curious....

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    This should work fine, but go ahead and add some extra all the way around and cut it off before binding. I've done queensize on my longarm with that small a backing extra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    this was my first thought, as well
    I have done that for several of my quilts, sometimes just because I don't want to waste $10 a yard fabric just to be cut off, but sometime, I just run short. I've basted muslin onto the edges and my Longarm armer has not had a problem with it. They can center it enough to keep the backing and top lined up correctly.

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