At our last posting I was working on quilting the last of the blocks I needed to do before moving on to the binding.
I finished all the blocks including going back through and quilting around the inside of each square.
And then I went right into stitching the binding which was the overlap material of the backing. It took about 6 hours and well here it is ~
I couldn’t have done this with out the encouragement and suggesting from the fabulous group of crafters in this quilt along. From the onset, which began as a block a month, I was challenged. I was disappointed in my choice of going all out colorful and not the more traditional solid color with white. Then those darn flying geese, a first time for me and until ‘I got it’ I was stumped and stumbled piecing them. And block size – don’t get me started, lol! I thought, this is never going to work.
The batting was Purely Cotton. Once I got started the actually quilting process, I realized it was much too thin and I should have doubled or tripled up or actually gone with wool or a synthetic blend for a heavier winter blanket feel. I now have a very thin light weight summer throw. I also experienced lots of ‘pull through’ of batting while quilting. It wasn’t hard to clean up once finished with one of those lint brushes.
The backing is the same as the binding. No picture ~ there’s really nothing to see. I used a cranberry thread which blended in with the back. The pattern of the blocks is almost undetectable.
I learned so much through the process, so today I post and ask you to join me in this
and then dance on over to the others in our group and peek in and see all the fabulous work they have been working on.
This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link above.