I am still working on finishing the binding on the second quilt mentioned Sunday. It is roughly 65X80 so it is taking a little longer. I tried a different decorative stitch on this, but I think I like the stitch that I used on Saturday better. To tell the truth, I like a hand stitched binding best, but I am trying to be realistic about the quilts that we are making for Quilts Of Love. For the purpose of these quilts, I think a machine binding will hold up better to frequent washing.
I say I am still working on it because I probably could have had it finished if I were doing it by hand. I guess that is the way it is with everything while in the process of learning something new. Practice, practice, practice
It’s Hump Day!
I finally finished the quilting on the Double 4 Patch quilt. It seemed like every row took forever because the pantograph that I used was quite detailed.
Quilting done on Double 4 Patch
Close-up of quilting on Double 4 Patch
I have the binding sewn together but not pressed. I thought I was about to have to break down and buy fabric because I did not have enough of the border for the binding. Lets not talk about how old the fabric is that is on the border, there was no way I was going to find more of that fabric. I went searching through my blues because I did not want a light fabric for the binding, nor did I want the backing fabric for the binding because it was lighter also. The border fabric is an unusual color of blue and I was having a hard time getting something close to that color. I found two blue pieces that I though would work but both were short on the amount needed. I measured one and it had around 15.5 inches, but I knew where I bought the fabric, and had already searched to see if it was still available. First, though, let’s search through my fabric bins (my DH helped). Finally I came up with a 2 inch strip of fabric and I believe that will do. My strips were cut 2.25 inches and I only needed a small strip according to my calculations. Time will tell 🙂
I am praying for my neighbors to the west. They surely needed rain, but I do not think they needed it all at one time. We are still getting rain, but it has slacked off tremendously.
Since finishing the Avignon Picnic top, I have been cutting background for one of the two batik quilts that I am going to work on next. I thought the whole quilt was 2.5 strips but I was wrong. I am glad I stopped to look at the directions to see how many pieces that I needed. I also need to cut 4.5 inch strips of the background fabric for blocks.
I have also started working on the quilting of the blue double four-patch. The quilting is pretty dense and will take a while to complete but it is going to look good when finished. It is an old pattern by Linda V. Taylor. This is roughly a twin sized quilt and will be used for the Quilts Of Love ministry.
Double 4 Patch Quilting
Well I did not think that I had any fabric out this week, but then I remembered I loaded the blue double 4 patch one day while I was at lunch. In order to load the quilt I had use fabric for the backing. So that is 2.125 for the backing fabric. I thought if I got one loaded, I could quilt just a little at a time.
My Avignon Picnic quilt is coming along, I had Missy help me distribute the colors and it is now ready to sew together. I hope to have a big portion of that done this weekend. The next tops in the queue are Island Chain by Kim Brackett and Paradise Batik Wave by Cara Wilson. Island Chain is Batik with a cream background while the Batik Wave has a black background. I might have to stop and make a quilt like I have been seeing on Life in Pieces. Kate got the pattern from Soscrappy on her rainbow scrap challenge and I just love it.
Fabric out 2.125 yards
Fabric in 0 yards
Fabric out ytd: 62.45 yards
Fabric in ytd: 27.5 yards
Total 34.95 yards out
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Thanks for visiting and happy quilting!
I finally got the binding finished on the Green Double 4 Patch. I worked until 2 AM working on the binding because I could not sleep. Here she is in all of her beauty. I am joining Julie’s Binding Blitz.
Completed Double 4 Patch
I also spent some time cutting out more pieces for the Leap Frog quilt, and I got the process rolling of getting those into blocks. I will show the finished blocks (I hope) on Design Wall Monday.
I am working on getting the binding completed on the green double 4 patch. Quilting was completed the last week of February. I think that the binding will be finished soon and it will be ready to gift. I have two more quilts that are ready for binding so it looks like there is a lot of handwork in my future. Here is a picture of the green double 4 patch. If anyone has a suggestion for a name, I am open. This pattern is by Mollie Johnson if you would like to give it a spin. When you are making a quilt for use, do you hand stitch the binding or do you machine stitch the binding?
Double 4 Patch
I hope you have a great week! I am so ready for spring!