So I started working on my center panel. Starlight is a great pattern because you can use pretty much any vertical panel -- you just need to add borders around until you get to the right dimensions which are listed in the pattern. First, I trimmed up my panel to get ready for the first border which I decided to do little pieced squares using all of the fabrics from what I am using for my blocks. Yes, I had to actually do the math, but I did survive. I got the border mostly on when I discovered THE PROBLEM.
The panel was not printed straight so now my quilt center is slightly skewed. UGH! I've already invested enough time and energy in this project that I don't want to change midstream. I thought that by carefully adding the remaining borders that I could correct the skew. Although it was definitely better by the time I finished the borders around the panel, it still isn't perfect.
See what happens when I match up the top and bottom edges of the quilt? See the big wrinkle?
Now see what happens when I straighten the quilt through the center......the edges don't meet.
With my breath held and fingers crossed, I am going to go ahead with the project as is. Hopefully by the time I get to the outer edge, things will have straightened out. I am counting on the forgivability that 100% cotton fabric possesses. Then with a little luck, I will be able to quilt out any remaining distortion.
Maybe the quilt will turn out just fine.
I guess we'll just have to wait and see.