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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Before And After

Double Wedding Ring:



Its finally finished - Never before have I had this big a challenge - the entire quilt was curled and out of square.  I discovered the reason about  half way through.  Grandma had used 100 percent cotton for the ring, but used a poly bed sheet for the background.  Someone washed this before it was quilted which resulted in the cotton shrinking but the sheet did not.

There were so many folds and excess fabric that had to be worked in - I'm talking inches and inches not just a little bit here and there.  The only solution that I could come up with was to quilt the heck out of this and actually had to make hundreds of pleats in the fabrics to ease all the excess in.   

It looks great in the pictures and the real quilt is not bad at all.  The only thing I can suggest at this time is to wash it again to get a quilty look..  The backing and batting have not been prewashed, so this should create the quilty look and will hide the pleating I had to do.

I trimmed the edges and had to take extra off to square as much as possible.  The only way to even come close was to measure from the rings to the edge and use the same measurement all the way around.  It is still out of square but is not Waving on the edges anymore.


Anonymous said...

Jeannie, you did a fabulous job. Looking at the after pictures, I'd never guess there was a problem.

Janet Robinson said...

beautiful job Jean, you are good at this job!

Tracy Johnson said...

Love the before and after photos!

Rose Marie said...

Goodness, considering the before and after .... you did magic!