Friday, March 27, 2015

Binding and Finishes

I have always enjoyed the binding process when making a quilt.  I have heard many quilters say they just hate it.  So this week as I trimmed up my patriotic chevron quilt and made my binding I started to wonder why I enjoyed it when others do not.  I know many quilters love the start of a new project, and although the thought of working with new fabric and a different design can be exciting.  I have always loved the finishes more!  The binding process is the time in the process where I reflect back on all the processes it took to make the quilt. The memories that I will always associate with this particular quilt.   Part of it also has to do with my need for neatness.  I can't say that my sewing area is pristine, and perfect. In fact there are days especially when I am piecing that fabric and thread can be found everywhere. But, when the day is done I always take a few minutes to tidy up.  When I am hand quilting I love the look of my quilt being framed by the hoop.  So lovely! But those raw edges with batting and uneven fabric with bits of thread is just so annoying.  I know some quilters will wrap the backing around to cover the exposed batting, but I am generally too excited to put in some stitches to take the time to do that  So, when it is time to bind and cut off the ugliness, it is a time to rejoice and and prepare for another wonderful finish! So that binding is like the beautiful ribbon on a package.  It needs to have just as much effort put into it as the rest of the quilt.
I remember my first binding. I wrapped the backing around to the front of the quilt. Boy, I had no idea what I was doing then.  Look at this corner!

Now I only use bias binding as it lays so nicely.  I have gone over the years from starting with a two and half inch strip down to a  two inch strips for my binding. A nice thin binding that is full just looks so much nicer to my eye. No more ugly corners, but neat and tidy miters that don't distract the eye, but frame the quilt nicely.  So while starting a new quilt is exciting for some, I really prefer the finishes!  It is a time to rejoice over another successful quilt!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Slow basting Stitches!

If you follow along on my blog, you know that I have finally started my  Tribute To GW (George Washington) quilt. It has been floating around in my head for quite awhile. It started with wanting to do an eagle applique block, some George fabric and feeling the need to get these ideas out of my head.    So today, I am starting to do some back basting on my eagle block.  I am starting with some red stripes for the flag!

This afternoon I finished one end of my patriotic chevron quilt.  I am big stitching 29 lines across the quilt and I have 17 complete with only 12 more to go. Over half way in a week! This quilt measures 72X72 so big stitching is definitely a way to get something done pretty quickly.

I will have my TATW quilt nearby and if I find enough energy it would be nice to  finish row 17.  It is half way complete as you can see in the picture.  Last night I had to stretch out my arms to fold it up, so it is starting to really grow.  I just love this project, each new fabric added changes it's look and it is a great way to use up some old fabrics in my stash.