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    Question My quilt is too large. Asking for advice on cutting it down.

    Folks,

    I have been working on this quilt forever. I am almost finished quilting the sandwich. I was so excited, I put on my bed to show my husband. Only to finally discover it is one foot (2 blocks) too wide and one block too long. I lost my mind when I started it, thinking a queen size mattress is 80 inches wide. Duh!

    So, I'm thinking maybe just cut off two extra columns and one row of blocks with a rotary cutter and then bind it. But I'm worried that as a newbie I don't know something I should and will make this situation worst. Should I detach the extra blocks one by one and then resew sew? What have others done?

    As always, any help is appreciated.

    Thanks and have Memorial Day!

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    Default Re: My quilt is too large. Asking for advice on cutting it down.

    First, remember it may shrink some when it is washed. I don't think it would be necessary to rip it out if it is already quilted, but would depend on your design. Before I cut any off, I would stay stitch around the edges and launder it to get any shrinkage out. If you cold post a picture that may help others to advise you!
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    Default Re: My quilt is too large. Asking for advice on cutting it down.

    Sorry you feel it is too big. I say finish it and try it on your bed. Put a picture on so we can look at it with you.

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    Default Re: My quilt is too large. Asking for advice on cutting it down.

    I say unless its touching the floor it isn't to big. Lots of people make full quilted bedspreads to the floor. I would do as suggested above and stay stitch it then wash it. Then try it out on the bed. A picture would help us see what your seeing!
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    Default Re: My quilt is too large. Asking for advice on cutting it down.

    Just thinking about this again.

    Maybe I'm not picturing this right, but if it is one block too long and two blocks too wide, could you turn it so that the width becomes the length, and just take off a larger part on one side? That way what you cut off you may be able to cut down into a table runner or placemats?
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    Default Re: My quilt is too large. Asking for advice on cutting it down.

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    All,

    Here are three pictures of the quilt. The third picture is where I pinned two rows under itself. That is the look I am trying for. If I leave it long, I really loose the beauty of the wood sides of the bed. If I leave the quilt too long at the end, it is hidden by the foot board. Also, even with cutting off the two rows, I still have about 5 inches for shrinkage. You can't tell in the photos, but the pinned quilt still extends 2-3 inches past the bed's side rails.

    Hope this helps. And again, thanks for your help.

    Diana

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    Default Re: My quilt is too large. Asking for advice on cutting it down.

    I would buy a bigger bed. Much less work. kidding (sorta)
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    Default Re: My quilt is too large. Asking for advice on cutting it down.

    It looks better pinned up. You could make some shams! It's a beautiful quilt!



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    Default Re: My quilt is too large. Asking for advice on cutting it down.

    Gosh, it's beautiful. Is it for decoration or snuggling under every night? If it's used for warmth, I'd be inclined to leave it as is because I hate a short quilt that lets cold air in.

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    Default Re: My quilt is too large. Asking for advice on cutting it down.

    I know you won't want to hear this. But IMHO it would be better in the long run to use that old seam ripper and take the extra part off. It would make the edge better and would allow you to have the extra part in perfect shape to make something else. You quilt is beautiful and you put so much work into it, don't take the easy way now.
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