This offset diamond quilt is really resonating with me right now, I like both the design and the colors. It needed some borders to make it bigger, so I added both a print fabric border, and a scrappy one to use up more of the scrap chaos. Then I loaded it on the longarm to quilt.
Starting with stitching down the top edge and part of both sides, then picked a panto with soft curves to contrast with the sharp angles in the piecing.
One thing I wanted to try with this quilt was putting the binding on by machine. I don’t like this method as a rule, because I cannot do it well. But more and more, charities are asking for this because of the frequent washing that these quilts must have in industrial washers and dryers. See my tutorial page at the top for complete instructions in a four part series if you want the step by step version of how I usually bind a quilt. This time, I began as I always do by stitching the binding down on the right side and joining the ends as usual.
Then, I carefully pinned the binding to the backside, making sure I covered the stitching line.
From the top side, I stitched in the ditch on one side.
Then, I checked it on the backside. It didn’t work. There were two places where the binding scooted away, and didn’t get stitched down.
Arrrghhh! Not only that, but look at how uneven the binding is on the back!
OK, plan B, do the next side by stitching the binding down on the back.
So now the front looks bad.
Try one more time on another side, moving the stitching line into the binding just a bit more.
Better on the front but I still don’t like the way this looks.
I know that some will say it doesn’t matter on a charity quilt, but it just grinds my teeth not to do my best work no matter who is the recipient. But it is finished and ready to go to Cancer Care.
Have you mastered binding by machine? Any tips?