Friday, March 18, 2011

Favourite Things Friday: Stripey Bias Binding

Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. –Arnold H. Glasow

I am one of those :crazy: people who like to do the binding on a quilt. It is hard to say, because I really love everything about quilting, but I think that it is my favorite part because it means that a quilt is about to be finished :clap:. And that is a fabulous thing.

My favorite kind of binding is stripey binding, cut on the bias. It just makes me happy. I do continuous bias binding {someday soon, I'm going to update that tutorial with better pictures and make a downloadable PDF version}, and it is way easier than cutting individual strips of binding and sewing them together one by one.

I am finding that another of my favorite things is free-motion quilting. After I quilted my first free-motion quilt about eight months ago, I remember really disliking it and thinking that I would probably never do it again. I just finished quilting my eighth quilt, Cozy Posies, last night :lol:. And I absolutely love how it came out. I tried feathers for the very first time. Can I get a whoop whoop :whoop:?

I'd originally planned to do an all over loops and flowers meander on this quilt. It was something a little different than quilting I've done previously, but still familiar enough to be safe. But Wednesday morning as I passed it laying on the living room floor up on my design wall, I had a flash of inspiration. I thought that feathers would be really great in the rows of coins. My motto is Go Big or Go Home, and after the last quilt I did, where I stuck with something I knew rather than branching out a bit and trying something different, I decided to go for it. I sketched out a few rows of feathers, but was anxious to move on. I stitched a few rows out on a practice quilt sandwich and then I just went for it.

For Friday Night Sew-In {which I started the minute I got home from work, just after 2:00 this afternoon}, I did the binding and then I threw this baby in the washer. I think I've been converted to the throw that quilt in the washer as soon as it is finished camp :lol:. I just pulled it out of the dryer a bit ago and there was still enough light outside to get a few good shots of it {thank you, Daylight Savings Time :rolleyes:}. Isn't that stripey binding so much fun!?!

And here's the back. I'm really in the Frolic groove, so I think I'll spend the rest of my Friday Night Sew-In working on getting my other Frolic quilt finished. Then, I ABSOLUTELY PROMISE that I'll work on Mr. Bug's T-Shirt Quilt. Cross my heart and kiss my elbow :lol:.

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WoolenSails said...

I love how the binding brings it all together, beautiful quilt.


GerryART said...

I like the way you think! !
Had to go to your 'about me' to re-fresh my brain.
Random things about you: #15 you and I have in common.
And - Whoop! Whoop! your FMQ is great! You inspire me to make more of an effort to actually to FMQ rather than practice.
Way to go Elizabeth.

P. said...

I love everything about this quilt, Elizabeth! Your feathers are wonderful. I'm trying to wrap my head around how you would manage that (top to bottom in one pass? A few at a time, shift, do again?). Anyway, a big whoop-whoop from me!

Thea said...

The binding looks great -- actually the whole quilt is beautiful! How did you learn to do the free motion quilting. I'm thinking of doing it with my next quilt -- well maybe the one after that, but don't know how to begin.

Impera_Magna said...

Beautiful quilt... and I, too, belong to the "throw the quilt in the wash as soon as the bindings on" camp!

I like sewing on binding... I pop in a movie and curl up on the sofa and sew away... so relaxing!

Barb said...

What a fun quilt!!!

Angie said...

Gret work. I LOVE stripey bindings. Infact, I have one of my boxes dedicated to 'bindings'. Whenever I find something striped on the 70% off table, even if I don't have a home for it, I get it, wash and finish it and put it in that box to be ready to make into binding.

Shay said...

I love the look of diagonal striped binding but have yet to screw up my courage enough to cut it on the bias.

I do love this quilt Elizabeth!

You are fearless and may inspire me yet.

Thanks for linking up to FTF.

Ann Marie said...

Love the stripey binding, and yes you do get a Whoop, Whoop!!!

Sarah Craig said...

Whoop Whoop!!! That looks great - I haven't been brave enough to try feathers yet - but yours may inspire me! Very pretty!!

Sarah Craig said...

It's a beautiful quilt, and your feathers are great! I want to try those soon, but I'm so afraid I'll mess it up.... You did great! Whoop whoop!!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Love the feathers! Actually I love the whole thing! Thanks for sharing:)

Karen said...

Elizabeth... the FMQ and the binding look great ! Thanks for the inspiration to practice, practice, practice my FMQ.


Anonymous said...

Love the stripes, Love the feathers, Love the colors, Love it, Love it, Love it!

Pamela said...

I love the colors you used in this quilt and the diagonal stripe on the edge. Beautiful!