The title should be two weeks ago lesson learned, since I actually composed it then but forgot to actually post it. Anyhoo.....
Every quilt I quilt brings me new knowledge. My most recent one is one of my own, so the lesson was not that hard to learn :0) So what is this new knowledge added to my small brain you ask?
There is a reason why we longarm quilters ask for an extra 4 inches of fabric and batting all around. How did I acquire this knowledge?
Because this quilt and backing were made before I was considering a longarm machine and I seem to be really good at not buying enough backing fabric. Due to this fabric buying deficit I had to add a few pieced blocks to the backing to make it large enough, and it was just the right size top to bottom.
This becomes a problem when loaded on a longarm machine because you actually fold over the edges a bit on the backing top and bottom then start the top a few inches down on the backing. So when I got to the bottom there was not enough fabric. It was a pretty easy fix since the outer border was 6.25 inches wide. I simple trimmed about an inch off and the earth started rotating again.
Other lessons learned? Just because you tell the computer to not change the ratio/size of a pattern does not mean it will not revert back and change it anyways. Result, one section of the meander on the outer border is "stretched out."
The last tip for today, keep all elements of a project together in a box or bag of some sort. While pulling out the binding for this quilt that had been prepared a few months ago when the backing and piecing were done, I found the binding I had originally made for the Red and White quilt. I had just finished turning the binding on it the night before. Not to mention I am not super happy with the binding I picked because reds are so hard to match. I settled. The binding should have been the same floral as the outer border. Oh well. It is still cozy to snuggle under!
Next week I am going away for three full days of quilting fun with a new group of gals. When I get back I will have a quilt to do for someone in my StitchIts group. I will be working on Hunter's quilt, a comfy quilt for charity, and the "X" block swap blocks while away.