Thanks to everyone who filled out my little quiz! It really was more a poll than a quiz, since there was no one right answer.
Here are the results!
Last time I checked, out of 75 people:
30 people said:
Keep going! You baste it, quilt it and hope for the best!
42 people said:
Get out your seam ripper and start frogging! You want to fix the problem now.
3 people said:
Fold up your crooked top and put it in the back of the closet with the other UFOs.
Most people would have either kept going or worked on fixing the problem. Only a handful said they would have folded up the quilt and tucked it away. I thought of all these options.
So what did I do?
I spent a lot of time measuring and re-measuring the quilt, hoping that the tape measure was off by 4 inches. And then I sat and stared at the quilt, trying to figure out how in the world one side of the quilt could be 4 inches longer than the other. Then without knowing how to fix it, I started to unstitch one section. I didn’t know what the problem was, but wanted to try re-stitching it to see if that would help.
After re-stitching one section, I lined up the seams and noticed that the other seams weren’t lined up. When I was putting the top together, I didn’t think I needed to line up the seams since this was a column quilt. BIG mistake!
I went through and took apart the columns and re-stitched them, matching the seams across columns. As I did, the extra fabric magically appeared at the bottom of the column when I finished sewing the new seam.
After what seemed like an eternity of unstitching and re-stitching, I finished the top for the second time, trimmed it and would you believe, both sides are now an even 77.5 inches.
This baby is now on my basting table, waiting for me to stick pins in her!