At my guild Rouge Valley they call unquilted tops "floppies" or "flimsies." Do they do that where you live? I had never heard it before. I think flimsy is a pretty cute word, so I am adopting it. It's much more fun than "top."
So the flimsy for Edward's quilt is finally finished! Here it is:
This is not the first flimsy I've finished. The last one was in the late 90s, and by the time it was done it was such a disaster that I couldn't bring myself to spend any more time or money on it. The fabrics are pretty, but the blocks were all different sizes, and I had to adjust the width of the sashings just to get it all together. And then I ran out of sashing fabric... It was intended to be a scrap quilt, but it was just TOO scrappy by the end. I still have it though, so you may see it some day. I am keeping it for free motion quilting practice.
Edward's quilt has been a totally different story. I did not measure the whole quilt until I had the white inner border on. At first I thought I was a couple of inches off! But then I realized that my math was faulty, not my sewing, and in fact it was almost exactly 52.5 inches. At most an eighth inch too big. That was very gratifying! It made my day. I really feel now like I have got the hang of this.
The one piece of advice that has made all the difference to me was something Alex Anderson said in an early episode of The Quilt Show. She recommended that we practice our 1/4 inch seams until they are perfect. Cut, sew, press and measure until the finished piece measures exactly what it is supposed to. This was a surprising process for me, but it only took about an hour and a few squares of ugly fabric to get it right. And boy has it paid off! Thank you Alex!