Finishing Touches to the Quilt

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The quilt top I delivered to my sister for quilting is finished and I think she’s done a great job. The closely spaced quilting design we chose has completely transformed it!

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I love the contrast of curves against the straight lines of the patchwork on the front of the quilt and how the stitching really shows up on the plain coloured back.

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I couldn’t wait to trim the excess batting and backing away from the edges and get the binding on! I’ve used some of the same teal blue/green fabrics I used in the tumbling blocks cut as 1.25 inch wide strips on the straight of grain and joined to make a continuous strip. I often piece my bindings from lots of the fabrics which have featured in the body of the quilt but this piece is so busy I decided against a multicoloured binding this time. There’s enough variation in the blue greens to be interesting.

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I’m usually pretty relaxed about techniques people use to make their quilts. I think it’s more about how something looks when it’s finished than how it has been achieved but I confess to being a stickler about bindings! I’ve lost count of the times when I’ve been judging competitions and an otherwise gorgeous quilt has lost marks because of baggy borders and bindings. In my opinion, a narrow, mitred binding is often the best choice and it should fit snug to the edge.

In the image above you can see how extra fabric is allowed at the corners to make a mitre when the binding strip is turned to the back of the quilt for hemming. Without sounding like I’m lecturing!! – make sure to turn the strip as tight to the edge of the quilt as you can. If you don’t it will ripple and look baggy. Apologies for the sermon but it’s such a small detail and it does make all the difference! It’s also a good idea to start to attach the binding part way down a side rather than at a corner – that way all four corners will look exactly the same. Now I’ve got a few hours hemming to tackle before my quilt can go on the bed so I better get cracking!

Thanks for visiting today.

Love Linda x

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