|Problems with this quilt top!|
It needed a good press and boy oh boy, bad things just do not press out and we all know they don't quilt out either! The quilt top is totally out of square and not by just a few smidges. I took several different measurements across the width and the measurements vary from 72" - 73.5" and along the length 92" - 94". Yikes!!!
I want to fix it for my sister but I don't really want to take it all apart. The star blocks in the center look okay and it looks like the problems started with the setting triangles and the first border. Those black triangles are very ripply. I am okay with taking off the last border and trying to square it and then using a double layer of batting to try to quilt out the excess in the center. Or, another thought is to just remove the center leaving all of the borders intact, square the center and adjust the borders all in one go as necessary by hacking/slashing/taking in or adding extra pieces. I really don't want to mess with the piecing if I can help it because from the stitching on the back you can tell that the quilt maker was trying to make things work by sewing multiple seams to make adjustments instead of actually fixing the problem right from the beginning.
It is a shame that these modifications need to be made but hopefully the quilt top can be saved because the colours and the fabrics used in the quilt are really wonderful in person. Needless to say, I have left a phone message with my sister to 'call me'.