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Quilting Gone Astray

by Nikki

Terrible edging

Terrible edging

Hello everyone.

Well I'm back at trying to use up those wonderful fabric strips my neighbor gave me.

I took two of the tops that I had made and put them together. It made a cool looking rainbow crib size quilt, but it just didn’t have enough pop for me.

I've seen in some mile-a-minute quilting techniques that they take quilts like this and make strips of what is already pieced together.

I thought about doing that because it would create this rainbow strip effect. I would just put a plain colored fabric in between the new strips.

That's when I went to my local fabric store and stocked up on some plain white. The thinking behind it is that all the colors would pop against the white.

A couple of weeks ago, I pulled out my cutting mat, acrylic ruler, and rotary cutter. Once I had everything set up and my quilt top in hand along with my white material, I changed my mind.

Over the last few weeks I have seen a lot of quilts using this same format.

It just was getting too overdone for me. It felt like copying.

Even though imitation is a form of flattery, I wanted my quilt to be more unique.

I want it to stand out.

So, I took the idea and gave it my own twist... diagonally!

I broke up the rainbow stripes with diagonal white panels.

The effect is awesome.

I love it!

Now, I just have a little itty bitty problem.

When I cut the rainbow quilt and sewed in the white fabric panels, it left me with jagged edges.

There are two solutions I came up with to fix this before I put on the borders.

1. Just cut off the excess fabric to make it leveled.

2. Add white fabric to fill in the gaps. Then make sure it's level and even.

What do you guys think I should do?

What would you do?

I would really love some opinions on this.

I can't wait till it's done.

Here are some pictures of what it looks like now.

When it's done I post more!

Thanks everyone!

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Aug 30, 2015
Beautiful Quilt Either Way
by: Rebecca

This quilt is turning out amazing.

Personally, we're a little torn on which way you should fix this problem.

The younger part of our home believes you should add the white fabric to fill it in. They say that it would create a design they've never seen before.

This is true and would make it more original.

The more seasoned quilters of the house say it's a lot easier to level it now and just add the borders. Then you can get to the good stuff of quilting. :)

We're interested to see what others say.

No matter what that quilt is going to be a beauty.

Thank you for sharing, Nikki!

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