Sunday, September 30, 2012

Former UFO

I finally finished my Floating Dresdens quilt!  



I really hate binding.  I haven't figured out a way to make it look great by machine, and hand binding takes forever.  I know some people machine sew the front and hand sew the back, but that doesn't seem easier than hand sewing the whole thing.  I have another quilt that's on hold because all that's left is to hand sew the binding and I just hate doing that.  I'll do it at my local quilt guild's next sew day.

Anyway, I bound this one with my Singer model 27...


...by flipping the backing fabric over the front, folding it, and sewing it down.  Cheating!


Finishing a quilt is a little anticlimactic because after all these months of work it just winds up getting tossed onto the rocking chair in my living room, or stuffed into the basket where we keep our quilts.  But over the next weeks I'll see my husband and kids wrap themselves in it, build forts with it, and take it to bed with them to keep them warm all night.  That makes the work worth it.

This former UFO is finally done.

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14 comments:

  1. I LOVE doing the binding! It's like the last finishing tough. I really like using interesting prints for this. If I machine bind, I attach the binding to the backing first, then finish up with a zig-zag stitch on the front. It's quick, easy and I like what the zig-zag stitch brings to it. I love your floating dresden quilt! It looks like lifesavers:)

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  2. Christine -- just love the quilt !

    Great design and very pretty!

    Karen

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  3. It turned out great!
    I pinned it too!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad I kept at it, because I almost ditched it several times!

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  4. Love the design and the bold quilting on your quilt.

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  5. I hate bindign too. I do the same "cheating" method as you do if I can get the back to coordinate with the front. Luckily, my next 2 quilts should work out that way! I honetly did my very first 2 quilts that way, and they're still in use many years later, and the binding is holding up well enough...

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    1. That's good to know. The thought of re-binding this thing just makes me shudder. Glad your quilts are working out to do binding the easy way!

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  6. Binding isn't the final step. You, the quilter, must sleep under every newly finished quilt, for at least one night. Then you can give that honor to someone else in the family if you wish. Only then is the new quilt ready for the pile.

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    1. My husband took it last night, but I'll make sure to take it tonight!

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  7. Congratulations on a FINISH! And, it's gorgeous to boot...

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    1. Thanks! It shows my mistakes close-up, bit for my first try at appliqué and Dresden plates, I'm pleased!

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