Dahlia, Frustration arises
EQ6 has a finished block measurement for the flower and background of 48 inches. So, I trimmed the square to 48 1/2 inches to allow for 1/4 inch seams all the way around for the first border to be attached. Because the first border has diamonds and squares it has to be precise. Well, it's not. I cut the exact templates and pieced them with exact seams and they measure 51 inches. A thought occured to me that I may have stretched my diamonds but if that was the case I have stretched them out to the exact same measurements. So.... what are my Options? I wouldn't begin to know how to rip seams out of diamonds and cut them down to resew and make them come out to 48 1/2 inches. If I trim off the ends my points won't match up in the seams at the corners. So, it appears the only option I have outside of leaving it off (which will affect my whole design) is to try and stretch the background fabric into the border. 1 1/2 inches...seems laughable, but that is what I have opted to try at this point. If successful I will steam iron it and see if I can straighten out the puckering that is sure to occur. The seam for this is so close to my metallic stitching I hope I can press it out so that my stitching won't be ruined in the process. It is my challenge for today and if I'm successful I shall post pictures. If not, it will be back to the drawing board. The thing that makes me the most frustrated is that I intentionally left the square bigger in case a problem arose like this.Doggone it anyway!!!!!!!!!!!! I should have put a post it note on it to remind me.
Well, I stretched prodded and pulled at the area that the border was going up against and managed to get it sewn on, but not without issues of some kind of wonky corners and a bit of a flouncey skirt look, but time will tell. I still have two borders to go and right now the flower itself has been appliqued onto a solid background so I wouldn't stretch it out in the process of adding the borders. I'm hoping I can do some trapunto or heavy quilting on this area to help pull in some of the slack. I probably should havee taken Nana's advice and just sewn a strip around it to make the first border fit, we'll see.