How to enlarge a quilt . . .

My friend Sheila asked me to enlarge a quilt of hers. She said the quilt was plenty long for her bed: it hung off the foot of the bed and she had enough quilt at the head to fold it back and over the pillows.

But the quilt was only wide enough to cover the mattress. The moment somebody got under the quilt, it would draw up along the sides. This is what the quilt looked like on my king-size bed (the gray you see is the sheet beneath).

Quilt on bed
Quilt on bed
Not much overhang, eh??
Not much overhang, eh??

Here’s how I solved her problem:

First, I cut two lengths of pre-quilted fabric as long as the quilt.

Lengths of pre-quilted fabric
Lengths of pre-quilted fabric

Next, I positioned the pre-quilted fabric under the quilt, cut edge even with the binding. I stitched through all layers, along the inner edge of the binding. I trimmed the pre-quilted seam allowance.

Trimming the seam allowance
Trimming the seam allowance

I opened out the pre-quilted fabric and stitched through all layers along the outer edge of the binding, enclosing the trimmed seam allowance.

Topstitching along outer edge of binding
Topstitching along outer edge of binding

Finally, I bound the three raw edges of the pre-quilted extensions.

Extensions bound
Extensions bound

The entire project took about six hours.

Here’s what the expanded quilt looks like on my bed.

A reasonable overhang
A reasonable overhang

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