"You can learn something from every quilt you make"
"Don't try new techniques when you are trying to finish something quickly - or late at night when you are tired"
The story goes:
I found this fantastic new binding idea - see my previous post here.
I wanted to try it and have it done so I could show others at both of my sewing groups - one of them last weekend - and I wanted to do it on something I planned to finish off very soon to meet the Sew its Finished deadline of 31st May.
(Can you feel the pressure growing yet??)
So I tried it on a small Christmas wall hanging. I made the binding by joining a few short strips together and carefully not matching any of the joins to reduce the bulk. I sewed it on - and as with any small quilt you don't have the luxury of having a BIG gap to fiddle with the ends. It was late - my sewing room was disrupted because my daughter and husband were staying and I was tired. It didn't join up easily - so I just did one side of finishing the binding so I could take it along last Saturday. All good, although I didn't really like the "invisible" thread - no dramas, I used a longer stitch so it should be easy to unpick.
Monday night - time to finish it off. It took a bit of fiddling but I got it all pinned together and realised that if I used some bull dog clips - pretty pink ones - that it would hold the quilt in a bit so it was easier to match the ends. Otherwise I find that it tends to spring back flat when I am twisting and turning the ends of the binding. (So using clips is one of the things I learnt)
Things seem to match up pretty well - so I stitched it - I did it by hand - in case - and laid it down, ready to stitch . . .mmm something wrong here.
So I ironed it - to keep the lines where I needed to sew and unpicked it - tried again and now its fine.
Maybe not perfect but OK and I used red embroidery thread this time.
Now just to sew on a little star button and a label (of course) and its done. A picture next time.
Generally I am really happy with this binding idea. I found the corners folded in well and I like the idea of not having a lot of hand sewing later on. And an easy way to introduce a peeper.
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