I left off with the green and tan needing quilting. (Reverse history starts here.) Finished that a couple days ago.
The green is as I had planned all along (don’t know name of it; it reminds me of the “pipes” screensaver); the tan I had been undecided. First thought was to do the same wonky triangle ( Night Quilter’s tutorial here )as on the narrower sashing; second was that the circles in the peach sashing by the map fabric needed “company.” Well, when you can’t decide, do both. I figured out how to alternate spirals with the enlarged triangles.
Today I finished the binding.
The white pillows are to show the dark brown binding since it doesn’t show up against my black sofa. The idea was to echo the border of the photos and their dark outline on the print. Don’t know if it does that, or if it matters.
A question. I’ve read about clips to hold binding. Do you use them? Or pin bindings? I pin only the corners. It has seemed to me that adjusting the fabric as I go (I’m talking about the second stitching ) doesn’t take any more time than removing clips as I go. So far I’ve not had bubble trouble; it has ended even. I do top stitch the binding from the front for the finish. Might be different if I tried Stitch in the Ditch from the back.
Another question. Do you pin the binding when you do the first stitching? I didn’t. I just took my chances that seams wouldn’t hit the corners because they never had. Then one day they did, and the thickness was a major pain to stitch. My machine complained bitterly and almost didn’t do it. Now I pin fairly widely. When I come to corners I have to remove only one or two pins to make the mitre.
And the backing.
I was tickled to find a print with most of the same colors as the front. I’d wanted print so quilting would show less. On the front I matched thread to fabric (a royal pain) so quilting would show less. This was, after all, a practice quilt. I’d not thought about that when choosing all those solids.
I’m thinking my quilting signature will have to be uneven stitches and dented spirals. At least for a while. But it will hold together and keep someone warm. And maybe the dents won’t show once it is washed.
Linking with Free Motion Mavericks.
Now off to pin the first made/last quilted bunk quilt.