Easy Street is finally quilted and bound
I really wanted to have this quilt finished for Bonnie Hunter's visit last week, but time ran out for me to even think about trying to do it myself. So I asked my friend Ruth to quilt it for me.
We chose this lovely feathery panto and Ruth used a gorgeous aqua thread... I just love it!!!!
I also chose to do the binding by machine - another time saver!
Plus, the binding will be more secure and sturdy.
Since this will be a guest room bed quilt, it will see lots of use and washings :*)
Sounds quick and simple, right?
I carefully measured the quilt to figure out the number of strips I would need. Nine was cutting it really, really close, especially with some of the strips from the leftover piece being shorter than WOF.
I calculated how wide I could make the border and still have enough left over for the binding strips.
And then I got stupid!
I didn't recheck my measurements and I didn't write them down!!!
You know the old saying....
Measure Twice, Cut Once?
Well, let me tell you, life is sure a lot easier if you listen to that saying!
And I'm adding in a for-the-future note just for me - WRITE IT DOWN!!!
It didn't take very long to realize that I wasn't going to have enough left for my nine binding strips at 2-1/4" wide each. I had nothing else that would work for the binding, and I really wanted that beautiful border fabric to flow out all the way to the edge!
So this is what I did....
The remaining fabric was enough to cut nine strips at 1-1/4" wide. Then I cut 1-1/2" off each of the border strips, leaving them the 4-1/2" they were supposed to be cut originally. This left me with nine strips of each width, some of them a few inches shorter than others. This is a huge quilt, and I was worried that with the strip joins and mitered corners, I might lose too much and run short. I was holding my breath the whole way!
I then zig-zagged them together, with the edges butted up next to each other, like this....
|I used a dark blue thread on the actual pieces - this is just to show how I did it :*D|
I wasn't really sure if it was going to work. After stitching the first two pieces, I tugged on them to see if they would be weak or separate - nope, it was a nice strong join! Next, I trimmed the strips to a nice uniform 2-1/4" wide.
Since the strips were different widths, when I folded them in half the zig-zagged section was hidden in the fold. And it laid nice and flat for me!
Don't you just love the satisfaction of a pile of binding all prepped and ready to sew down?
But was it going to be enough?
That was the big question!!!
According to my measurements, I was going to have only inches to spare!
This is what I had left over - 9 inches!!!
It was actually more left over than I thought there would be, so Happy Dance time!!!
So that is my story about my recent Adventures in Binding.
It is a cautionary tale, and one I hope to take to heart in the future.
In the meantime, I will be enjoying my new quilt....
I wish you all...
Hugs & Blessings!