I currently have 7 quilts piled on my loveseat waiting to have the binding handstitched down! This has been the month of finishes. Earlier, I got a box with three large quilts back from my longarmer and the good news is that all of them are completely done! I have a new project that I am excited about so I made myself finish up some of the projects that have been sitting around--many of those were sandwiched, waiting to be machine quilted, so I have been busy doing them. Once I'm "in the groove" with free motion quilting, it is easier to keep doing it, so I have really been having fun. For me, free motion quilting is almost "zen like." I become one with the quilt! Needless to say, it is not the time for audiobooks.
I"m hoping to have a week's worth of blog posts about some of these finished quilts, so stay tuned!
First I would like to talk about the binding on my Roll Roll Cotton Boll quilt. It is one I got back in the mail and was the largest of the three, and way heavy, so I procrastinated doing the binding. RRCB was a mystery quilt featured on the quiltville.com website. Bonnie designed it with pinks, greens, browns, red, and creams, but I decided to do mine in an Americana color scheme, so it is in reds, golds, med blues, navy, and creams. I think I was planning on using navy blue for the binding, but one day while browsing the online quilt shops, I happened upon a red, blue, cream, and gold stripe by Jo Morton that looked perfect for my quilt, so I got a yard to use for binding. I love playing with stripes and plaids for bindings. The stripes were printed on the fabric at a 45 degree angle, so when I cut them on the bias, they were running perpendicular to the length of the binding.
I figured that out and then tried to match them up and they were not lining up nicely. Sewing on the diagonal and matching stripes just doesn't work too well, so I went on to Plan B
And then hand stitch it down. I like to do the corners first, and then the long sides.
Now I'm off to do more hand stitching. Netflix is a good thing!