I finished the binding on my long-awaited finish ((More like, pushed aside, neglected and much looked over in favor of other projects!)) on a crumb quilt I finished piecing when we still lived in Columbia, SC.
That means it’s been waiting around 5 years or more for this finish to finally be complete!
The main reason is that I was “GOING” to hand quilt it. I really wanted to hand quilt spider webs in the alternate blocks ---but I’ve already got 2 large quilts in the “Neglecting the hand quilting” queue, and this just stayed as a top for some day.
And then I found a spider web design that looked really good as a panto called “Entangled” HERE. It’s available as both a digital pattern and a paper one for those interested.
And I set out to quilting this one ---LOVE IT!
I had wanted to include this quilt in the book that is coming out ---but two strikes were against me.
1.) It is more “Crumby” than “Stringy”.
2.) We were already at page limit.
And that, friends, is why it sat – with the binding sewn on and waiting to be hand stitched down – but not touched – for over 6 months! The last time I remember actually putting stitches into this before yesterday was at the Christmas Movie Night for our Bee at Mrs Goodneedle’s house in DECEMBER.
Bad Bonnie. Once it was no longer a priority – it sat.
I finished the binding and the sleeve last night while watching a few episodes of Law & Order SVU, and then “It’s Complicated” with Meryl Streep came on, and I knew I would stay up and watch the entire thing because that movie just cracks me up to no end ---which explains why it was after 1am when I put my needle down, and got to bed. And why it is after 9am now as I write this --- Yes, I’m still on the Night Owl Train ---But look! It’s done!
The solid blue is perfect for the busy scrappy crumb blocks…and I love this border! I did use ONE shirting print to frame the blocks, and to use as the border diamonds---I wanted something that would give everything a common element.
The blocks were trimmed at 5” square and finish at 4.5” --- with the 1.5” cut sashings added (( yes, those cornerstones are all from the leader/ender 1.5” squares box!)) the finished size of each block is 6.5”. I know it’s an odd measurement, but that’s just what it turned out to be.
If you've never made crumb blocks before, beware -- the are addiciting! Check out my tutorial HERE.
I’m just really happy to have this done! I haven’t done much crumb piecing lately – and I’ve got bins of crumbs just waiting to be sewn into some more scrappy wonders ---
I finished the quilt before the movie was done – and started right in on the binding on Florabunda –—One side done, three more to go ---maybe I’ll do late night movie night again this evening?!
I better get going, Lisa should be here shortly to get her chicken quilt loaded…..((Haahahahah, leaving her chicken wire panties at home I hope!!)))