I recently purchased yet another vintage quilt top. It arrived today. The use of color amazes me. I don’t think I would have been able to so fearlessly put together all those colors.
Sometimes ignoring the rules works!
But not the rules of construction.
The top was machine pieced and the fabrics are a mix of cotton and poly blend solids. Once the quilt is laid out it is obvious why it was never quilted. Poor construction.
The top is just not flat enough to quilt as it is. A lack of measurement caused the problem.
I suspect that the maker did measure the strips (they are all 1.5″ wide and finish at a bit over an inch) but the length of the strips was not measured. They were sewn on and cut off at the assumed correct length and row after row the slight differences add up and you can see the result.
I love the top! I love the use of color! so how do I fix it?
I used thumb tacks to pin it to the floor (using the floor boards as straight edges) this squares up the outside edges and lets me see how big it is(73″x87″). Now I will gather the extra toward the center and cut it out along the folds. The picture below shows the top in a preliminary pinned position.
I will do the cutting along the corners and try not to change the overall look of the top. the difference being that there will be mitered corners.
when I am ready to do the work on it I will pin it to the floor again but wrong side up, do the folding and gathering very carefully to match all the corners and pin it…then sew along the pinned line and then cut off the extra. It might take a bit of work but it will be worth it.
Remember to use all the crayons!