Sunday, June 5, 2016

Slow Sunday Stitching-June 5, 2016

Today I will be doing some slow Sunday stitching on a quilt binding. I am so proud of this binding. It is my first time to make a 2-sided binding. The front of the quilt has a floral border with some blue flowers. I used blue corner stones between sashings and the pattern called for a repeat of the color in the binding.

But, see, there is no blue in the backing. So, it really needed a black binding. I cut the blue binding at 1" wide and the black print binding at 1 7/8" wide. I used a 1/4" to put the 2 strips together. 
Then, I attached the binding to my quilt with a scant 3/8" seam.

My biggest problem was putting the ends of the binding together on the quilt. I soon found that you absolutely must have the needle hit exactly where the 2 pieces of blue come together. 

But, hand-stitching this binding is a dream. It folds so easily on
that seam line.  

A few weeks ago, my blogger friend Rebecca of Quilting Everyday had a give-away and I won! It was like Christmas morning, opening that package. One of the many items was an armrest caddy. 

Not only does the dark brown background exactly match my lounge chair, but it is my constant companion while stitching this binding. It is wonderful to know where my scissors, thread, and needle are. Sometimes, in the past, I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out where these items went. Do you have that problem?  

Rebecca lives in Alaska and part of my winnings was these two unique fat quarters of batiks. They definitely say "Alaska", don't you think?
SOooo, I found a pattern that uses lots of batiks on a black background called Dream Catchers. I do have a collection of batiks, but I did not let that stop me from ordering more. LOL  I will definitely need to fussy cut these special pieces. Thank you so much, Rebecca. 
I think this will be my project when I go on a retreat the end of September. 
Linking to Kathy's Quilts.                
 May all your ups and downs in life be with needle and thread.


Gretchen Weaver said...

I love your Stonefields blocks. Using your own fabrics makes the quilt your own project. No one else will have one just like it. I'm impressed with the double sided binding. I only tried it once and it didn't go so well, but probably like everything else, practice, practice, practice. Have a great week. Blessings, Gretchen

Rebecca in AK said...

I love that fabric in your border! I have never attempted a 2-sided binding. I am so glad the pincushion was useful, extra bonus that it matches your chair!

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