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Friday, September 22, 2017

Quilt binding redo!

     One of the quilt guilds I belong to, Southtowns Piecemakers Quilting Guild, is having its biennial quilt show next week.  I chose three of my newer colorful quilts to submit for judging. 
Zing

Turquoise triangles

Eye Candy
       I haven't entered anything in a show for quite a long time.   On Wednesday, I was at a statewide meeting where there was a discussion about judging, and the importance of neat mitered corners on the binding.   Yesterday morning, a Quilty video popped up on Facebook about making perfectly mitered bindings.  Perfect bindings may be aspirational, but my bindings on these three quilts were way closer to terrible than perfect.   


This was the worst!
     These quilts have been washed and dried and are nicely crinkley.  Was it even possible to fix these corners at this stage?   I decided to try.   Fortunately, not every corner was awful, but I ended up redoing 9 of the 12 corners. 
      I removed the handstitching and the machine stitching from about 3 - 4 inches on either side of the corner, and then resewed, using the tips from Mary Fons' video.  I then spent an hour resewing the binding on the back.  The tips in the video were great, and certainly improved my little corners vastly!   




Big improvement!
        I feel better having fixed these bindings.  I have no expectations that these quilts will win anything (the quilters in the guild are amazing!), but I didn't want to get knocked out simply  because of crappy corners!   I am looking forward to seeing these quilts hung, and more so, seeing all the other quilts.  

Go see a quilt show this fall!

Take care,
Gretchen

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Part II - Stepping Stones

     I am delighted to enter a second quilt in the Fall 2017 Blogger's Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy at Amy'sCreativeSide.com.   This quilt, like the other, all done in Kona cotton solids, is a mini quilt, and was entered into the QuiltExpo mini modern challenge.  Just 20 inches square, I wanted to create a piece where the little bits of colors would stand out and shimmer.  I quilted the piece with Aurifil black thread with a pebble design.  
    
The batik backing (from my neverending stash) shows off the quilting design

In the process of quilting.  I quilt on a Tiara II midarm.
      I was very happy with how this piece turned out, and it is now happily hanging in my home.   I don't often work with small pieces, and this one was fun!
     If you are visiting this blog for the first time, welcome!  For years, quilting was my way to relax after work.  I am recently retired, and finding the time to really enjoy the process!  Please check out my other quilts and projects.  Links should be in the side bar.

Thank you, Amy, for hosting this fun Festival!
Take care,
Gretchen