I ditched the scrappy border because that was on the bias too and I think it was making it worse. I think the blue works even better.
Look, barely a wrinkle- lette there. It's a bit puffy in one or two places in the middle but they'll give in to a bit of heavy duty quilty.
For those of you interested in how I achieved this I
- Ripped out the borders
- Squared off the quilt top again, as it had stretched a lot. This is probably against all the rules and expert advice, but I did it.
- starched and ironed it ... a lot
- Measured across the width in three places and took an average. Then ignored it!. Because of the very big waves I ended up measuring across the edge and taking a bit off so that I could ease the stretch back a bit. Not what I was supposed to do but in this case, it worked. However, I will do the average thing another time because I think it will work well..
- I then pinned from the outside in, as per the instruction in Quilt 101 on Chasing Cottons blog. I think this was a critical point, and will always do this in future. And I really did pin it to the extreme.
- I then sewed, easing the fabric to take up some of the remaining wrinkles.
So Susan, you didn't see that dummy fly past then? Oh and a big thank you, Leanne. You made my day with your comment - "People aren't flat". No they're not and I will always bear than in mind in future!