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Thread: My husband's quilt

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    I made this for my husband for Christmas. I'm not happy with it because it is going to be too small for him. I made him a comforter out of two flat sheets when we were dating 40 years ago. He absolutely loved it to death, and it met with its death about a month ago. I promised him a new quilt. The old comforter had two layers of batting, and so it was really thick. I asked my quilter to do two layers of batting (if possible) and she said it was. Well, the problem is that the batting and the quilting combined to shrink the quilt from the size it was when I gave it to her, and now it is really too small. He'll tell me he likes it, but I know he won't. I guess the solution is to make another one for him, and to tie it myself rather than have it quilted. I really hate to tie because it is so tedious, but I want him to have a quilt he's happy with. So, with that intro, here is the quilt I made for him. I like it as a quilt, but not for him.

    We are scuba divers, thus the tropical fish theme.

    This is the top of the quilt, called Bonaire Dreams in honor of our favorite diving destination.
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    This is the little fish label I made for it.
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    This shows the back of the quilt
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    Oooo I love this quilt!!! The quilted fish motifs are perfect :D:D:D:D

    You can add onto the quilt... the new borders would be quilted and then added on. There are many different techniques out there that are a "quilt as you go" method.

    There are many here who use these methods and if you post questions you will get answers and support too :D:D:D

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    I wonder if you could add a couple of wider borders to it, it would mean hand work but it just looks like the perfect quilt for him.

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    Beautiful quilt! I love the colors and the name. So appropriate for you both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    I wonder if you could add a couple of wider borders to it, it would mean hand work but it just looks like the perfect quilt for him.
    I wondered the same thing. I would think that as long as you haven't put the binding on it, you could piece in the batting and and add extra borders.

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    It's beautiful!! The quilted fish look great in there. As a couple of the others said, you may be able to add another border to it to make it larger!

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    well rats. you might try adding more borders- as in quilt as you go. i'm sure you could do it if need be. :-)

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    Thanks for your comments and ideas. The binding is machine sewn onto the edge, but I still need to do the handwork. I made a rag quilt recently that I know he would love. (The one I made resides near our TV for snuggling up in.) I could make another one of those especially for him, and it went together very quickly--like about a week. It would be faster and easier to do that than to add borders. Maybe I'll try again for his May birthday. In the meantime he'll have this one for napping, which was its intended use.

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    What a really cool quilt---I love the fish, the fish fabric and the fish quilting!!

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    It is beautiful. I like the label too.

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    I love it, and I agree with the others - adding more borders will bring it up to size.

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    Well, I just figured something out. I asked the quilter to machine sew on the binding. She said if she was to do that, she required she make the binding herself. That was fine with me; but as I'm looking at, I realize that she did a "self binding," using the border I'd put around the edge. I had given her extra fabric to use, but she took inches off the size of the quilt by doing this. No wonder it looks so small! Because there are two layers of batting, she made the binding extra wide, taking a full four inches off both the width and the length. I can't decide whether to be mad about this or not. Wouldn't you think that if you gave the quilter extra fabric for a binding, she would use it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bstanbro
    No wonder it looks so small! Because there are two layers of batting, she made the binding extra wide, taking a full four inches off both the width and the length. I can't decide whether to be mad about this or not. Wouldn't you think that if you gave the quilter extra fabric for a binding, she would use it?
    Well, I would be mad at her, and ask her where my fabric was, if she didn't return it with the finished quilt.

    If you rip out the stitching she did on the border, will that make the quilt large enough? Will you have fabric for binding if you do take the machine stitching out to use the full size quilt you had made?

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    She did give back the extra fabric, but I didn't really look to see if she'd used it. Nothing looked amiss at the time. Live and learn.

    I thought about taking out the stitching, but I don't have enough batting. She thought about the batting carefully, and used expensive wool batting because it was the most flexible (and it IS very warm). She gave me the extra batting, but to do all of that ripping and piecing seems formidable. I think I'd rather just make another quilt.

    I still like the quilt. It's just too small for the purpose I had in mind when I made it. Besides, it gives me an excuse to make another one! I might even do this one again as those fish blocks went together pretty fast.

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    Could you maybe add an additional border, before you put on the binding? Might be an option.

    But I do like the quilt. Nice and bright. :thumbup:

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    What a awesome quilt. I bet he'll love it

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    Thanks to all of you for your kind comments and great suggestions.

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    If it were me... I would totally cut off the batting - instead of ripping since I absolutely abhor ripping - and then piece together more sides - but that's only if it bugs you. If it doesn't, then leave well enough alone - it's really sharp without it - what's not to love?? I'm sure he'll love it! It's a step up from two sheets sewn together - it's gorgeous!

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    I finally finished the binding and then lay (laid?) down on the bed with it. I think it will be big enough. It sure is warm with two layers of wool batting.

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