After a much longer than expected time, I finally finished my Chaotic Lotus quilt top. Well…mostly finished.
It turns out, I’m not so good with quilting math. I’m so-so with knitting math. But quilting math (especially late at night) is not my thing. After I finished the center pieced panel, I realized I wanted a larger quilt. So I figured out I wanted to add about 8 inches to the length and width. I dutifully selected fabric (which I’m not loving now) and cut four 8-inch-wide strips.
All of you good-at-quilt-math people know what’s wrong with what I just wrote. But if you’re like me, cutting four 8-inch strips makes sense when you want to add 8 inches total to the length and width. So I cheerfully attached said strips to all 4 sides and pressed down the seams. And then I held up the finished quilt top to revel in the joy of accomplishment…only to drown in the hugeness that the quilt had become. Because, dear non-quilting-math friends, to add 8 inches – your strips for each side should only be FOUR FREAKIN’ INCHES wide. DUH!
So what you see above is my conundrum. My top is now much larger than I wanted/needed. I wouldn’t care…but the quilting part is the part I don’t typically enjoy…and more quilt top means more quilting. So I need to decide if I just push on through and quilt the ocean that was supposed to be a lap quilt. Or should trim down the top by 4 inches on each side? The issue with trimming is that the border fabric I selected is a large print and it will lose it’s impact if cut in half. And sure, I could rip off the borders entirely and start fresh. But, like with knitting, I hate ripping things back.