1. First you have to get past denial and admit that you have a problem. I finished the binding completely before I discarded the denial, but it still looked horrible. Discouraging.
2. Identify the problem. That was easy. The binding looked like it had heavy, lumpy cording inside. In all the quilts I have done I have never had anything like this happen.
3. Decide what to do. Do I leave it and forget showing it? Do I throw it away and forget it? Do I take off the binding and do it over again? I have put a lot of time and work into this quilt so I chose to redo the binding. As I ripped I moved on to #4.
4. Analyze the problem. Have you ever thought about what happens when you take layers of fabric and batting and then stitch through them? Bear with me. Every line you stitch compresses the fabric and batting, and ultimately shrinks the quilt as shown below (exaggerated). The line representing the quilted fabric began the same length as that representing the unquilted fabric.
|That edge ruffle includes fabric and batting.|
|Ruffled edge of my quilt.|
With all that manipulating I decided to re-soak and re-block the quilt to be sure it is perfectly square. I washed the binding fabric and was able to re-use it. I have applied it now and am in the process of hand-stitching it to the back of the quilt. That was a lot of work, but I channelled my inner bulldog and will be done in a couple of days. It is looking excellent so I have been vindicated. It may be the best binding I have ever done!
I must say that I have never encountered a problem like this, nor have I heard or read about it. I hope my experience will help some other quilters.
TIP: If your edges are ruffled, quilt them flat before binding.
"If you fear the unknown and don't pursue adventure, you're missing out on such amazing opportunities and experiences." [Discover Magazine, "Athlete, Interrupted", May 2017, p 22]. This can be applied roughly to quilting.
TIP: Get out there and have a new quilting adventure. How many times have I said that? Oh well, so true! Sometimes you get a fabulous result. Other times you have a learning experience. Both are valuable.
Sew some happy seams this week. I wish you productive adventures this week.