Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Almost Done

I have been working on this quilt (off and on) for a long time, and I'm happy to say that I am finally at the binding stage! Whoohoo!!! Home stretch...

I always try to get my binding ready before I even start my quilt. That way I am never caught short when it comes to binding. In this case it worked out well because I have been working on it for about 18 months (yikes) and I'm sure I would have a hard time finding more fabric in this line. It's from the Sunshine collection by April Cornell for Moda (in case you were wondering).


Before I can sew the binding on I have to clean up these nasty edges and square up my quilt...



I use a humongous 20 1/2" square ruler for squaring up my quilt. It's great for a quilt like this because my borders were almost 11". I also put painters tape on my ruler so I can find the right measurement quick and avoid scary mistakes!



I always use this handy tool when binding my quilts. It comes out perfect every time!


I like to lower my ironing board and set it next to my sewing machine. It carries the extra weight of my quilt while I'm sewing on the binding. Works great!



Sewing binding on can be really stressful, it's always good to stop for a break :>)...


Almost there...


As many of you excellent quilt teachers say... "it's not a quilt until it's labeled!" It will look better when I'm done, I promise!


The (almost) finished product....



Enjoy your quilt Mom, I had fun making it...

11 comments:

brittany said...

holy cow that looks like a lot of work!!! the finished product is looking very impressive.

Carol said...

Great squaring up technique...I love the ironing board tip...it always makes me nuts to have all that hanging and trying to move it around. Will you tell us more about the Binding Gizmo, pleeeze? Making the binding at the beginning is such a good idea...and the glass of wine is the BEST idea. Love it!

Michelle said...

oh it's beautiful...
love the colours...and 18months isn't that long...mines been 8 years and still counting...luckerly it's for me thou...

Christa from Chloe Rose said...

Thank you for sharing your binding experience. I do not quilt, but have great admiration those who do. I've always been told binding is the hardest part, which explains why I often find vintage quilt tops.....:o). I love the colors from April Cornell's line.....

Lovely Quilt!

Christa
Chloe Rose
Kindred Roses

Kindred Spirit Soap Co. said...

Laurie, I know how much work goes into quilting. It is very beautiful and I am sure your Mom will cherish it forever.
Julie

littlebyrd said...

It is gorgeous! I can't even wrap my mind around how much work quilting is. I admire your patience Laurie!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

What a lovely gift. The photos are wonderful. Wrap yourself in this and maybe it will at least "feel" like spring in the midddle of winter.

Great project and a pleasure to browse.

Have a fun week.

dutchbaby said...

What a beautiful quilt! What a lucky Mama! Your photos are so instructional (is that a word?); I'm sure many quilters will appreciate them. My mother is a quilter and I know how much work you put into this piece. Bravo for finishing it.

Have another "break" to congratulate yourself.

happy zombie said...

What great tips and tricks! I'm especially fond of the break time tip.

Your mom's quilt is beautiful! I have bought that fabric in a sweet little fat quarter pack as a gift to a friend... guess where I bought it! YUP. The place that makes magic with fat quarters... the same place where I'm guessing you got your fabric!

momjudy said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my beautiful quilt and can hardly wait to see it on my bed!! It's going to really cheer up my bedroom. And, every night when I crawl into bed I will have your love wrapped around me. Thanks so much for creating this for me!!Love, Mom

SE'LAH... said...

You are so making me get back on my sewing machine...I have a quilt that has not been bound for over a year (shame on me). Thanks for the inspiration.