Last time I wrote about it, I was working on the quilting. And even though it was straight line quilting, I was having a hard time having it come out right. My walking foot doesn't allow for the quilting guide (What's with that!?) and the spacing was a little too wide to eyeball it.
But I found a way, and after months of being neglected, I pulled out the quilt and starting working on it again, this time with the quilting guide:
After a few sessions over maybe two weeks, I had all the quilting done. It was a happy day!
Then it was time for binding. Usually I make my own, and I make a continue loop of bias binding from a square of fabric. (Sorry, I can't describe how it's done. Even now, I have to carefully follow the instructions to get it right each time!) But, I just recently saw a new idea that I wanted to try out. It uses straight-grain binding instead of bias binding, which at one point I probably wouldn't have accepted. But I've become more relaxed about it. (Bias binding is good for curves--which rectangle quilts don't have--and is supposed to be longer lasting. But I'm just not convinced I need to make my quilts to last 100 years (or whatever).) Ok, in any case, here is a link to the tutorial, and the result is a binding with a faux piping that is really sharp.
First, you cut stripes of fabric, one a little wider than the other. (See the tutorial for details.) Attach all the pieces with angled seams. (This is important for bias binding because it puts the seam on grain. But here it is used for the other important reason of reducing bulk as all the seam allowances don't end up in the same place when you sew it down.)
|Angled seams on the binding strips. The black seam has|
been trimmed to 1/4". You press them open.
Once you have the strips sewn together you have miles and miles of binding:
|328" to be exact. That's over 27 feet, or|
almost enough for a first down (since
every measurement apparently needs
to be compared to football fields.)
|On the left is the front side of the quilt with the flange|
showing and on the right side is the back of the quilt.
Of course, it's a little tricky (for me anyway) to keep everything lined up perfectly all the time, and I had a couple spots like this on the back:
Oh yes, and I actually remembered to make and apply a label before the binding so that two sides would be sewn and I would only have to hand sew the remaining two.
Ok, I haven't shown you any of the quilting yet. It was hard to photograph, but you get some idea from this picture:
Here it is on a bed:
|Final size = 73" x 86"|
And here is the back:
The only bad part about all of this is that I couldn't give it to the recipient personally. I sent the package with my sister to our family camp and she had the pleasure of presenting it. His mom kindly sent me a picture and I think he looks pretty happy with it, don't you?
one I put together this past spring.) Working in browns was a new thing for me as it's not a colour I'm overly fond of. But I think I found some nice ones and I like the overall look of this quilt very much.