And sometimes the fabric required for the binding is apparent ---you just KNOW you have the right piece in the stash, run and grab it, hold it up to the finished quilt admiring how perfect it is and on you go to cut strips and start the binding process.
And then sometimes ----
NOTHING you pull seems to do the job!
I didn’t want red…it’s already got too much red going on in the center and I didn’t want to overpower the quilt with more red.
I don’t want cheddar…I want that to stay to the inside of the quilt.
A solid black just didn't do either, even though that was used in the cornerstones.
The green I thought I liked? Nahhhhh ---
I didn’t want a solid. I didn’t want a print. And then it hit me..
IT NEEDS A SHIRT!
It’s a black/grey and it will do the job I want. It will carry through the recycled shirt theme, it isn’t black, red or cheddar, and it is dark enough to finish off the edge of the quilt with a nice accent.
Better yet – it removed one whole XL shirt from the under-the-stairs storage closet!
I quickly set to deboning it ---saving the collar, the cuffs and other small usable bits for string piecing. I cut my binding 2” wide for a 1/4” snug binding.
If you are wondering, I was able to get the amount I needed for this 69” X 77” quilt out of just the long sleeves, the shirt fronts and the yoke, which has double layers. The BACK is still whole and I have loads of fabric left.
Close up of Quilting detail. Spider Webs! FUN!
Color me HAPPY!
We are headed up to Quilt Villa to start our holiday fun with extended family who are coming in for the week from Texas. My brother-in-law, his wife, their son and HIS wife, and their teenage daughter will be joining us for a week of North Carolina Mountain fun. I’m hoping to get the binding sewn on so I can do the hand stitching in the evenings.
I’ll get in what sewing I can over the next week or so, but I know it will be piecemeal as we plan on doing things out together ---
Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend everyone ---Yes, even those of you outside of the USA have July 4th on you calendar too!