Friday, October 9, 2009

Finishing Friday

So remember when I had all those pictures of unfinished quilts?



Yeah, I didn't exactly show you all of them.  This is a quilt I started as a gift for one of my bridesmaids.  As you might remember, Andy and I just celebrated our third wedding anniversary, so this one is nicely aged.  As am I, frankly.  Anyway, it needed one more row of quilting through the center, then it was time for.....

 the binding.  Now, there are a lot of ways to do edging.  There's the one continuous strip--which looks nice and is clever, but I ended up with a seriously squished corner.  Then there's the cleverly-cut-enough-material-to-fold-over-for-the-binding method, which as it turns out requires a bit better concept of straight lines than I seem to have.  Then there's the cut 2 longer strips, two shorter strips, and sew them on one at a time approach, which is my normal choice.  I however, opted to forgo all of these and strike out on my own, creating a new binding technique which we'll call "dumbass."

So, if you are cutting binding strips, it might behoove you to realize that two will need to be longer than the other two, as you're going to sew two parallel sides with the shorter strips and then conveniently, the longer strips will go the whole length PLUS the extra width created by the new edging.  The Dumbass method is where you make all 4 strips long enough to cover one side and one bound edge only, meaning that you won't be able to just sew a strip completely on.  No, you'll have to sew it partway on, then sew on the next strip partway, go back and sew up that first strip, now sew the third strip partway on, then go back and finish the second strip.....and right now I'm bogged down somewhere right in the middle of this.  Still....

It is, finally, after three and a half years, almost done.


Now, you've probably noticed that HUGE blank space of blue all around the edge--sort of hard to miss.  The theory has always been that I will--in one of those full competency moments that I sometimes have--use the embroidery attachment and create a lovely border all the way through that field of blue.  Normally one would actually do this BEFORE the binding, but I thought if the quilt got put away again it might be ANOTHER three years before my friend ever got the darn thing, so I am adding the binding now and IF BY SOME MIRACLE I GET THE EMBROIDERY DONE, it will be wonderful.  If not, I'll just be giving my friend a slightly bizarre quilt three years late.  By now, she probably considers me a slightly bizarre friend, so it all works out nicely.

And of course, Sewing Kitty was on hand for moral support and shedding.....