Now, don’t get me wrong, but I enjoy my job. It keeps my mind active; like solving little jigsaw puzzles all day long.
But I hate that my job eats into my creative pursuits. By the time I get home most evenings, quilting is the last thing on my mind.
Here’s my final push to finish Norma’s quilt . . .
I bought black satin for the binding. I cut it into 4-inch bias strips, sewed them end-to-end, and pressed the resulting strip in half.
Starting along the middle of one side of the quilt, and leaving a long tail free, I pinned the bias strip to the quilt, raw edges even.
I stitched the binding to the quilt, stopping 1/2 inch from the end, pivoting the quilt, and stitching off the edge of the quilt.
I folded the bias binding back so the raw edge was even with the quilt.
Then, I folded the binding so the fold was even with the edge of the quilt. I pinned and stitched the binding, stopping 1/2 inch from the next corner, and repeated the folding back and folding forward all around the quilt.
Once I had stitched around all four corners, all that remained was to sew the two ends together.
Keeping them as flat as possible, I nested the longer end inside the shorter one. I marked a line on the longer end where it met the shorter end. I opened out the longer end and cut the excess binding 1 inch past my marked line. I opened out the shorter end and pinned the two ends together, right sides together. I stitched them with a 1/2 in seam, pressed the binding, then pinned and stitched the binding to the quilt.
Starting at a corner, I turned the binding to the back of the quilt and pinned it into place. I stitched along the seam, pulling out the pins as I go.
The fold of the binding extends past the stitching line to ensure that I catch it when I sew from the front. Yes, it leaves a small flap of fabric on the back, but that’s how I roll.
Your mileage may vary . . .
Now, I just need to print a label for the back of the quilt . . .
I will deliver the quilt to Norma this weekend . . . she’s giving it to her son when he comes home for Easter.