Before I received a call from a quilter friend, Michelle, last night ~ which was a marathon conversation and took me away from the sewing machine, I learned a great truth I have heard many an excellent sewing enthusiast, like Material Girl, Donna say: It's wise to make a muslin sample before you sew the good stuff.
Well, now I understand and I'm so glad I did.
You know, how when you make a pillow for your sofa, couch, love seat, bed etc, and you don't want to use a zipper, you overlap the back panels for easy access to the pillow and for easy removal for laundering etc.? Well, I learned a great thing: When you're making a 36" dense foam pillow cover --- you can't make a big overlap because the foam is so rigid, you can't get the pillow into it. Ah ha.
Now, I will make the fleece and denim cover with one of the long bands overlapping, rather than the off-center back of the bed. Wow, am I glad I did the muslin.
The bed is late - which I can deal with. But at least now, it will be finished and usable. Yay!