I used to hate making the binding for a quilt. The quilt would be quilted, trimmed and ready to apply the binding, but the binding wasn't made. And then you had to find a fabric that was appropriate or figure out where you had put the binding fabric that you set aside for that quilt.
I decided a while back that I would make the binding when I finished the top. And making the backing at the same time made sense as well. As you know, I have set a goal this year to complete ONE quilt (get the binding, the backing and the top done) each week - now it is take one top that may need just the backing, or backing and binding or there might be a border or two to add. There are LOTS in various stages of completion. These are my BBB projects.
I have become very good at making binding and although I have done ONE per week this year - I have barely scratched the surface of those tops that need borders, backings or bindings. It is terrible.
So as good as I am at making binding, this week - just wasn't my week to make binding!!!!!
It started with the Day and Night project.....................
|Day and Night|
I had a black fabric for the binding with a faint strip on it. This would be nice if I made bias binding. I cut the square, I make the first cut, then the first seam. Then the second seam. Wow - this is going great - I've never had it line up so nicely before. Hey - I am GOOD. Then I start to cut and I have no idea what I did, but instead of getting continuous binding - I was going to get a circle!!!!!!! OH BOY - somehow I managed to NOT offset the second seam. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!! Oh well - it was easy to fix - rip out the second seam - resew the RIGHT way and then cut. Worked like a charm.
Then onto the next quilt that needed binding.......................
|American Beauty quilt on the right - the backing on the left and the LOVELY bias binding in the center|
I start by calculating how much binding I need. Check the size of square - YIKES 32 inches. No problem - I've got LOTS of fabric. Measure - OH SHOOT - the fabric piece was only 31 inches. Well - I can use the left over piece from the side to make the difference. I made the OFFSET tube and sew it together, cut it out and everything is beautiful. Then I take the leftover piece and cut diagonal strips so I can join them and make the rest of the binding. OH CRAP - I cut them right to left, NOT left to right and so the strip is going in the OPPOSITE direction from the rest of the binding. YEP - when there is a 50 -50 chance with something - well 50 percent of the time we get it wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh well - it is a binding after all and it really won't be that big of a deal.
Marian happened to be here when I made it and I told her - doesn't matter anyway - what are the chances that this quilt will get quilted IN MY LIFETIME. And that is SAD. NO - don't jump to my aid to help quilt them. It just means that I have to develop a plan.
So far this year - I have NOT started anything (OK - just one thing and it is almost done) that was NOT on my radar screen from last year. I have not relegated anything to UFO status either. I am struggling to get through it all and this month with my two extra projects - well that is a bit of a challenge. Anyway - I was thinking - all those projects will at last have borders, bindings and backings and I am NOT adding to the pile and NOT adding to the UFO pile - perhaps I can schedule to quilt ONE quilt (of mine) each week next year. Then the following year - I can bind one a week. Yes - I think that will work. There is NO WAY that I can do it all. Just isn't going to happen, but this - well this is doable. I LOVE a plan. I might even relegate the 12 for (20)12 projects in that category. I am getting the tops, binding and backing to that stage, but not getting to the quilting. Of course - after the end of the month - that might change. But I have a PLAN.
Some recent events which I can't disclose yet are getting me thinking about the future of quilting in my life. NO - I won't be giving up teaching or quilting, but just the wheres and whens and how much. And maybe I will get even more selfish with my time and really focus on stuff for me. Well - we will see what will happen.
I'm really liking the gym and did BOOT CAMP yesterday which almost killed me. OK - so I have a pretty good cardio (I thought), but it is all ENDURANCE stuff, not the SHORT bursts required for BOOT CAMP. Anyway - it was fun and I am going back tomorrow. Yes - a sucker for punishment.
|Did manage to complete a quilt for a customer.|
|Always hard to pick an appropriate thread colour when there is very high contrast. But it looks great in person. She was happy when she picked it up last night.|
So after I finished the backing for the American Beauty quilt, I found this quilt in the BBB pile. Hey - I have a LOT of the floral fabric that was used in American Beauty. I WILL NOT likely use it in a quilt, but it would be perfect for this.
|Delectable Mountains - a sample for a class - MANY years ago|
|The leftovers from American Beauty made a great back|
|Another BBB is DONE|
And in case you think I am just goofing off - well I am a bit. I took the girls for a walk yesterday afternoon and then we got home and I sat in the backyard with my book and my tea and just vegged out. It was GORGEOUS. I love my backyard. It is like being at the cottage - a very quiet spot and just the best place ever to hang out. Hey - I think I even took a little nap.
But I am getting stuff done and although I can't show you my main project - let's just say that if you saw the studio at this point - well you would be SHOCKED. The tables are all over the place - I had to move MY sewing table, there is stuff all over the tables - it is quite the MESS. And I have a Pampered Sit n Sew on Sunday - going to have to do some tidying.
Anyway - my 12 for (20)12 project for March was the Ocean Wave quilt that was all cut out - it is my enders and leaders for the secret project I am working on.
|See - lots of enders and leaders. Making good progress on the Ocean Waves|
Anyway - I am off to take Imelda to the hospital for her bloodwork today. Hope she wears her new hat so I can get a picture of her.
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1