As long as I have been teaching folks to piece quilts, very rarely have I ever had the opportunity to take one person from beginning to end!
This is exciting!
I don’t think I’ve EVER taught anyone how to piece binding by joining the strips on the diagonal.
I know that I have never shown anyone how to press those seams open, to iron the binding in half lengthwise.
I know I have never shown anyone how to start and end a binding so that it has the same diagonal seam that wraps around the edge of the quilt at an angle so there is no real way to tell where you started and where you stopped!
I KNOW I have never sat down with someone who has never sewn a hand stitch in her life, showing how to use a ladder stitch to invisibly sew that binding edge down to the back of the quilt, just beyond the seam line, thereby hiding it from view and leaving such a nice finish.
We did this and more yesterday!
Mona, sewing the binding down the sides!
Yes – this is a very big quilt, she is off to a good start!
Hand stitching by night fall!
We got the binding on and ready for hand stitching just in time – the NCAA finals were on and we stitched and watched! As NC girls – even as much as we were rooting for Wisconsin, we are still mighty proud that the win went to a North Carolina school ---DUKE! Good game!
Today we are doing it again ---Mona’s second quilt, a string quilt is up on deck and we are about to load it and get it going.
While she is quilting that, I’ll be packing up for my trip to Maryland and New Jersey. I leave tomorrow --- ROAD TRIP! No airports, no planes, no hauling body bags of quilts to the ticket counter.
I’ll be packing a machine and a couple of projects ---but which ones?
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!