Please, sir, just a little more...

I was fighting the Dresden plate quilt.  I did my absolute best stitching in one of the straight lines in a border and it was all curvy, like a worm quilted it.  I sat back for a few minute and relaxed and tried to figure out what I could do. 

The secret to my hoops has always been having some backing fabric tucked into the hoop all the way around.  That kept that backing stretched taught and I could then work with the quilt top and the batting. 

But, this quilt didn't have enough backing fabric on this side.  It had enough on the first two sides I quilted, but not this side. 

I tried it in two different hoops. 

Same problem in both. 

So, I sat back and looked at it.  And, I thought about it.  And, I answered some email and watched a little TV. 

And, then I went out to my stash busters system and pulled out some of my widest strips of fabric.  And, I sewed them along the side.  It ain't pretty.  Doesn't need to be prize winning stitching.  It will all be cut off and only y'all will know it was there. 

But, look how it made the quilt fit into the frame...

All tucked under the outer frame.  And, now I can start quilting again.  Whoo-hoo!

Everybody have a great Saturday.  It's the start of a three day weekend.  Enjoy every minute of it and try to get some sewing in.  You'll be glad you did!



lw said...

Well, that was smart. I love that you're so picky, thinking of you made me redo about half the quilting on my latest t shirt quilt.

MJinMichigan said...

When I learned to quilt over thirty years ago our teacher showed us how to pin or baste a terry cloth towel to the edge of the quilt so the edge would be held with even tension in a hoop. The towel is about the same thickness as the quilt top with batting and backing. It works really well and is easily removed when the quilting is finished.

Tammy said...

genuis... obviously.. you are pure quilting genuis!! So very clever. Bravo well done Lane.

Susan Entwistle said...

Don't you just love it when you figure things out. Happy quilting!