I showed this heart quilt recently on a post to show what was coming up next. Last time it had just been loaded, and I hadn’t begun the quilting yet. The quilt is a group of hearts, each one depicting an aspect of the maker’s daughter’s life – her interests, her family, and her activities. Such a clever idea!
The client selected a pantograph that has a suggestion of a heart in it. It is called Je t’aime by Urban Elementz.
The quilting is done in white Glide on top, and Natural White Bottom Line in the bobbin.
The white color adds texture in the sashing, while allowing the hearts to shine.
But the black border around every block, along with a sashing containing three strips started to show a bit of excess fabric on the sides. I suspect the final grey border was a slap and sew.
By the time I got to the bottom, the amount of excess fabric was really beginning to be a problem.
Oh, my, by the time I had it rolled so the bottom edge of the quilt was ready to be quilted, the consequences of inaccurate sashing and slap-and-sew borders was clear. If you’ve never heard of slap-and-sew borders, and why it is important to measure and cut, see my tutorial on Borders, Understanding the Why. I take you through the reasons why it is important to do this the right way, and what happens when you don’t.
The corner is also off, no longer a nice straight line with a right angle to the bottom.
OK, so I do the best I know how to fix this. First, I align the sashing straight, and pin it to the backing in the border.
Then I distribute the excess across the block area, and the same part of the border, and pin every couple of inches.
I do the same thing on the corners. At this point, the decision has to be made between making it square or making it flat. I choose flat, as making it square instead will result in pleats and puckers on the top.
You can see, there is still considerable waviness and excess fabric on the border.
So, next, I spritz liberally with a solution of 50% Best Press Unscented and 50% water.
Then, steam it until it shrinks up a bit.
Now, the corner is behaving a bit better.
And so is the bottom border. There are still some ripples in the green sashing, so I hit it with a bit more steam.
While it is laying nice and flat, I edge-stitch the edge, remove the pins, and resteam the pin holes closed. There is still waviness in the green border, but it is greatly reduced and I hope the quilting will take up the remainder without puckers.
Then, before it can wake up again, I quickly finish the quilting. The corner came out nice and flat, with only minor puckering near the red triangle. The corner isn’t straight anymore, but that can be cut off now if the client wants it to be a precise right angle. My suspicion is that she will just bind it as it is, as it is a quilt destined for heavy use.
The bottom edge of border, along with the ripples in the sashing above are now nicely quilted too.
All done! Overall it came out nicely.
Her choice of white for the thread means the white background stays in the background, allowing the texture to show in the sashing and hearts. This is such a great idea for a quilt.
My customer was thrilled. And a happy quilter is a lovely thing. What are you sewing this week?