Have you ever been curious, like me, and measured your quilt at the top stage and then measured it again once the top has been quilted and binding applied?
Well, I did and was totally amazed at the difference of measurements.
Take 'My Crazy Quilt' (from previous post) for instance. The top measured 58” x 66-1/2” and once all quilted up the measurements now are 56” x 64”. And that is just a lap size quilt. For some of my queen size quilts, there have been a 3" loss on all sides!
My fabrics are prewashed and I use mostly polyester batting (prefer it for hand quilting). Washing is done in the machine and line dried. There is a possiblility of more loss if the quilt was dried in the dryer.
Now, I wonder which type of quilting (hand or machine) produces the most size loss?
For our bed, I now know that my top has to measure 97” wide to fit nicely at the sides after being quilted without any bed ruffle.
Just thought you might like to know.
Have a great day!