Monday, 28 June 2010

Wonder Chain Done

I finished the border quilting on the wonderland chain, or the Wonder Chain, as I call it :), so it's now time for binding!

I've recently started attaching the binding with my needle in the right position (as opposed to the center position).

I find that both sets of feeds (on my walking foot and the machine) now grip the bulky sandwich of quilt and binding. Also, since I cut my binding strips only 2" wide for double-fold binding, having the needle off to the right and adjusting my quilt position only a little bit - I get a really REALLY scant 1/4" seam, so that attaching the binding is much easier. Before I switched the needle position, I often had to cut some fabric/batting away from the quilt edge. No more!

I'm also still joining my binding at the end instead of overlapping the ends. It just looks so much neater. The time it takes to join the strips in the end is made up for by the trouble I save sewing on the bulky overlap :)

And... done :)

I was on such a roll, I pretty much hand-stitched the entire binding in one sitting.

I LOVE how the border quilting pops out! Just LOVE it! Doesn't it look tasty? Totally 3-D :)

I started making a pair of scissors like the ones in the snip snip print in one of the white centers between the chains, but I really didn't like the look of it, so erased it.

I think I might just leave the quilt as is... :) Don't mess with a good thing!

Right now I'm going through a highly productive quilting phase. My quilt room (i.e. living room) looks accordingly, sigh... I'll blog about the different projects you see here in the next week(s), so stay tuned!

{next to the folded up Disaster (Triple Irish Chain) quilt that is STILL waiting for a border, basting and quilting - *sigh* - you can find my Imagination 1 quilt on the couch - I'm almost done with the border! Yippee! To be revealed soon!}

What a mess! *grins*


Katie B. said...

This turned out beautifully! Love the quilting on the border.

Thanks for the binding tip. I need to play with my needle position.

Leslie said...

oh that quilting on the border looks so amazing. what a great job you did. it looks so great

Karen from Pennsylvania said...

Love the border! Better yet, love your work space -- lots of inspiration there.

Bella Linguini said...

The border on that is beautiful! Did you use a template for it? And I dig seeing your workspace. It's always fun seeing the similarities and differences in how quilters work.

Crispy said...

Another lovely quilt done!! Had to laugh at your "mess", looks like my guest bedroom and I don't even sew in there LOL.


Rebekah said...

I don't think my machine has that needle position feature, but I'll have to check on it.

I can't wait to see what else you've been up to.

Your new irish chain quilt turned out great! I love the border stitching you did.