I've learned my lesson about threads on a quilt. Here's is my story about leaving threads hanging;
(The photo doesn't show the colors true; the sashing is a very dark navy). I started this quilt during a class taught by Pat Bishop (I think). During class we exchanged the bricks and end pieces. I LOVED the way it looked, still do, and was taught a valuable lesson on sewing with bias edges.
When I got one strip sewn together I hung it over the bedroom door of our first home; then when the next strip got done it hung over the door and I gave them a few tugs to get them to hang straight.... Oh, my word; one of the strips grew 8 inches from hanging on my door. I really had to work extra to repair the damage I'd done. I'm very careful now with bias edges;
- starch heavily,
- no tugging,
- no pulling,
- no hanging, and
- do staystitch the edge if it isn't resewn immediately.
I had a group baste the quilt; it was basted on a frame and was very stable; I did my minimum quilting; in the ditch of the sashing and border, then I bound the edges and lay it on my bed to see how it looked. It fit the top of our king sized water bed and I thought it looked great. I left it there for ...YEARS? at least a long time. It was years before I finally finish quilting it on my domestic machine. I started it in 1989 and finished it in 2001. (It was not on my bed all that time though.) When I finished it and was admiring it my 4th child told me how much she hated that quilt. I had left the basting stitches in and whenever she climbed on the bed she'd catch her fingers and toes on the long threads. I just thought it interesting that she didn't even notice it's beauty; she noticed it's practicality.
Unfortunately fitting the top of a king-sized water bed does not make it the right size for a conventional queen mattress. So what do I do now?