It’s been a while since I’ve done a WIP (work in progress) blog post. Right now I’m in between projects, and I thought I’d see what unfinished quilts I had to work on. (Was that an oxymoron?) It seems I’m stuck in the binding phase of five quilts! Eeek! I had no idea.
It might be helpful to have a project tracker to keep me in check. I found this Quilt Project Planner at Hello Melly Designs and downloaded it yesterday. It has space for all of the quilt stages and quilt information, along with a checklist.
I’ve actually completed the binding on the red and white quilt shown above on my sewing table. This quilt is a new pattern that I will be debuting soon. The next step is to photograph it.
Below is another version of the same (new) quilt that my sister-in-law made as a pattern tester using 30’s fabric. It is adorable – and also needs binding.
With all of these quilts needing binding, I’m definitely choosing to sew them on entirely by machine. Although I do enjoy finishing a binding by hand, I don’t have that luxury very often these days. I’ve tried out many machine binding methods, but my current, preferred machine binding technique is to stitch the binding to the back of the quilt and then bring it to the front of the quilt and machine stitch it along the folded edge of the binding. For more details, check out the machine binding tutorial by Katie at Swim Bike Quilt.
I used red, Aurifil 80 wt. cotton thread on top to match the binding, and natural white Aurifil 50 wt. cotton thread in the bobbin to match the back. The stitches blend in with everything, and gives it a crisp, clean edge.
You know what I’ll be doing for the next few days! Plus, I’ll be attending the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, CA, on Friday (and maybe Sunday). Any one else going? It’s a beautiful show with lots of quilts to inspire me and lots of vendors to indulge my creativity in (that’s code for spend my money on).
I hope you’re having a great, productive and happy week!