Saturday, April 21, 2018
A Day's Work & Slow Sunday Stitching
I spent most of today pressing fabric for binding; measuring, cutting, and stitching it into one long length; measuring the quilt and binding; then pinning the binding to the front of this quilt one side at a time and sewing to the front of the quilt. It should have taken less time than it did but I'm still a little under the weather so I work more slowly. (I know some quilters lay the binding along the side of the quilt at stitch it at the machine but I always end up with waffly edges when I do that, so I take the time to measure and pin each side.)
I wrote before that I was considering a wide binding, possibly 1", but I decided that a ½" binding would look better. I calculated then cut the binding fabric at 3" -- 1½" to go around once, then double that because I double folded the fabric. I thought about it several times -- will that be wide enough, should it be wider? -- but in my less-than-good-health state, I didn't think clearly enough.
You experienced quilters will immediately understand the problem I had. It would seem to be wide enough but it didn't leave space for the thickness of the quilt. Thank goodness I stopped to check it after attaching about 6" of the binding. It was too narrow.
I knew I could cut the edge a little narrower but instead I unstitched the 6" and began stitching a little left of the ½" line. It worked. The binding will be narrower than ½" but at least I'm ready to begin hand sewing it to the back of the quilt. Hooray! I have hand stitching again.
The binding fabric I finally found came from JoAnn. I bought 5/8 yard of a grunge-style fabric and a yard of Kona Celestial. I cut the grunge fabric first knowing I would have no other use for it. When I realized I needed only about 60" more, I used a small piece of blue left over from the stars. Together, they were just long enough. I don't know what I'll do with the Kona but at least it's a shade of blue I like.
I'm looking forward to having this quilt finished!
If I have a chance to stitch on Sunday, this is what I will be slow stitching. Linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts. Thanks for hosting, Kathy.
P.S. If you're wondering about the safety pins, they identify the sections in which I used Gutermann cotton thread after I ran out of the spool of (probably) rayon thread.