Again, I'm very thankful for Ann Petersen, my online instructor (Craftsy.com's "Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine") for her guidance and timely response to my questions! She was especially helpful when I attached my first border -- one of the side borders -- and ran into a wee problem: stretching!
|Oops! Check bottom edge -- about 1/2" too long!|
She instructed me to 'reverse sew' it (ahem!), re-pin it at the correct length, block it with steam (and a spritz of water if necessary), pin it thoroughly and join it from the backside (the batting side). I did all this -- and it worked beautifully. Thanks, Ann!
Next, to remove the bulk in the seams, I had to trim the batting.
Satisfied that it's in the right place, I've pinned it within an inch of its life -- and I'm ready to sew!
Today's task: get top and bottom borders sewn on, batting trimmed and quilting done. Tomorrow: label, binding and hanging sleeve. Wednesday: wash and pack for the trip to the appraiser. Photos to follow along the way. See you soon!