It’s time for an update on that baby quilt that was causing me a headache. I checked out a dozen or so books from the library about quilting techniques. I couldn’t find anything conclusive, but I figured that I might as well invest in a walking foot. When I walked into the quilting store, and I said “I am having problems with my quilt, and I think I need a walking foot,” everyone agreed. Mind you, I hadn’t even told them what my problem was.
The engineer that is my husband was very eager to help me install it on my sewing machine. Immediately, I could tell it was working. The point of a walking foot is to feed thick fabrics from the bottom and the top. I am very happy.
I have now added the binding to the quilt. Right when I was ready to start whipstitching, I looked ahead and realized that I have no idea how to finish it. I followed the instructions in the book which had me start by sewing the binding onto the quilt. I know, that sounds simple, but what I think the author forgot is that I needed to have folded the binding. She admits her method is not very traditional. She does not cut on the bias nor are the strips joined at a 45° angle. However, it’s going to look messy because the edge of the binding is exposed on the front side and is frayed a bit.
My first option is to fold the starting piece (once I get all the way back around to it) at 45°. It’ll be the only fold like it, but this will be the simplest solution.
My second option is to tear out the binding at that section and fold the beginning.
I think I am going to do the first option on this quilt. I’m getting pretty tired of ripping out stitches on this quilt. It’s not a gift, so I don’t need to worry about giving someone something inferior. But then again, I will have to look at it.
Oh, that quilt I’ve been sketching? I went to the store and bought the following fabric which I love, but they (the fabric) are asking to be pieced in a different block pattern. So now I’m sketching out new patterns.
I hope to reach a conclusion and post a “It’s finished!” update soon.
What creative projects are you working on now?