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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

and on the back...........

I decided the fabric had to go.  Well, most of it.  I pulled out the two reds, the cream and the blue and made one huge disappearing nine patch.
I then added a blue border all the way around.
Two sides were cut 3 1/2" 
and the other two sides were cut 5"
Then I went back downstairs and started
with the cream
only to discover it had already been cut into
3 1/2" strips
I subcut to fit the four sides 
and then I cut the red.
I didn't have a lot in stock so I thought I would go this
far until the store re-opened after their holiday break.......and then I changed 
my mind!
There was one piece of the blue left on the cutting table, so I decided to use it up.  It measured a little 
over 9", so I cut it in half and then to the length.  I added this just in case I made a mistake when adding the final two borders.
 Before I packed everything up, I made myself some notes.  I am going to try and put this into practice this year.  Measure everything.....the front, the back and if I need more fabric figure it out and put it on the post it note.  
It should save me time.  
I made the little collage of photos on
I had some fun while Karl made the coffee!


TIP:

Making up backings is the best way to get rid of your stash.  You don't have to buy the "backing" fabrics that stores carry.  I have found I have saved a lot of money doing it this way.
It isn't a problem keeping it straight on a long arm machine either.  I've done it myself and Jane has never had a problem.  I'll get Anne's advice when I drop this off to her.

Okay, it's done but not before more angst.  I will treasure this tablecloth for many, many years.  I didn't buy enough fabric....the red, not the cream.  I bought the end of that bolt and I'm glad I did.  Here it is......
it is a whole slew of inches longer than it needs to be.  I'm not cutting it off, I'll just mess it up!

Je suis Charlie!





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