Apple Binding

7 1/2 hours and 25 filled bobbins later (that is not a typo…it took 25 bobbins to finish this quilt!!!), I finished quilting the Rocqua Rhythm quilt.  As I mentioned here, my stippling is getting tighter, and it keeps getting tighter.  I certainly need to figure out a way to go bigger with my quilting.  I hope I can prove the lady in my local quilt shop wrong when she said “once you go small you can never go back.”

Even though it took me a very long time to quilt, I do love how it turned out.

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Anyway, now it’s on to the binding.  I now have the binding attached to the front, and now I need to hand stitch the binding to the back.  I haven’t had a whole lot of motivation to do this (perhaps because it took so long to quilt), but hopefully I can get the binding done soon, because I absolutely love this quilt!

Merry & Bright Binding: Done

I finished hand sewing the binding for the Merry & Bright quilt!  **yeah!!!**

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Now that this quilt is done (except for the label) I can move on to other projects.  I have more quilt tops completed than I’m willing to admit (there are more than I have listed to the right under quilts in progress…not sure if that’s a :) or a :( ), so my goal is to get some of those quilt tops quilted and finished.  Instead of starting new projects I’m going to finish some of those quilts in progress…that’s the goal anyway.

I really do get the itch to be creative, and since I’ve been doing pieced backs, that will satisfy the creative itch…I hope anyway! 😉

In A Bind: Less Time

Ethan had his first day of Kindergarten yesterday!!!!  Since we have to be out the door 90 minutes earlier than we did for preschool, I’m finding I too need to go to bed earlier.  And since most of my quilting happens in the evenings after the kiddos are in bed, my earlier bedtime means less time to quilt.  Bummer, but hopefully I’ll adjust and still work in some good quilting.

In the meantime I’ve been hand sewing the binding to the back of the Merry & Bright quilt.

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Merry & Bright Binding

Last night I made the binding for the Merry & Bright quilt.  The fabric is from the same line, and I just love the stripes, as they are on the bias, so I get the effect of bias stripes without having to cut on the bias.  I don’t mind cutting on the bias, but if I don’t have to all the better!

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Today I put the walking foot on my machine and sewed the binding to the front of the quilt.  Now on to the time consuming task of hand sewing the binding to the back of the quilt.  But I think that will have to be another day, because there is some good tv on tonight (Burn Notice and Royal Pains).  I usually watch tv that doesn’t need my full attention while I sew the binding on…so perhaps tomorrow.