Hooray!!! "Day & Night" is officially FINISHED!!!In my last post, the background and borders were done and I was pondering how to fill the stars. In the end, I chose to use a back-and-forth filler in the orange star blades, leaving the darker blades unquilted. I like how they pop and create a 'windmill' effect.
I also like the idea of quilting a traditional block with a modern twist...a little trick I learned from the brilliant Judi Madsen! Day & Night is the first in a a series of eight UFOs I plan to custom quilt using this approach.
Waaaaayyyy back when I made the top, I'd also prepared a traditional binding to go with it. I'm glad I did because the fabric matches the quilt - but it also limited my binding options:
- I could bind in the traditional manner, hand stitching the final round....ummm....no thanks.
- I could apply the binding by machine as in this post, BUT... I'd lose all my feather tips into the seam allowance...not great.
- I could try something new...YES! *fist pump*
Here's to trying something new!!!I went ahead and stitched the binding to the FRONT of the quilt as if it would be hand stitched. Then I dug out my Roxanne's Glue-Baste-It and...well...glued the binding into place on the back of the quilt.
|Gluing binding to the BACK of the quilt|
Once the binding was glued, I stitched it down from the FRONT of the quilt. My stitch-in-the-ditch foot helped me stay in the groove where the stitches would be less noticeable. I matched top and bobbin thread to the quilt.
|Stitching the binding down from the FRONT of the quilt.|
The finished binding is very tidy on the front...
|Binding, FRONT view|
...and the back.
|Binding, BACK view|
Even though it is tidy, there is too much fabric extending beyond the stitching on the back. If I were to do this again (which I will!), I would make the binding strip narrower....maybe 2 1/4 inches instead of 2 1/2? It will take some experimentation, but I'll figure out a pleasing size.
|55" x 20"|
One down, seven to go! I wonder which UFO will be the next to grab my attention?
I've decided to join the fun and enter this quilt into the Small Quilts category of the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side.
To see this amazing online quilt show, hop on over and enjoy!
Also linking up with:
Whoop Whoop Friday!, at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Fabric Frenzy Friday, at Fort Worth Fabric Studio
A Stitch in Time May Finish, at Such a Sew and Sew
Finish it up Friday, at Crazy Mom Quilts
Try, Learn, Grow!
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