I sent my Phoenix quilt to two shows and it won a Faculty Choice, a Judge's Choice and an Honorable mention. The judges all mildly dinged me on the binding, but of course didn't say what was wrong with it. Frustration! It has been juried into a show in October so I decided to take the faulty binding off, re-watch Sharon Schamber's U-tube video on straight binding, and bind the quilt over again step-by-step from the video. It was hard to take time off from the present WIP, but I am hoping to achieve something closer to perfection...or at least something the judges like better. Sharon uses starch, glue, careful cutting and pressing to achieve the bindings on her award-winning quilts. I have watched this several times and am still practicing.
TIP: This level of perfection is really not necessary for your everyday bed or baby quilt, but is expected in a show quilt. The judges check the binding and backing very carefully in choosing the ultimate winners.
In lieu of a boring photo of binding I am inserting this little visitor who came to dine in my wildflower garden this week. Talk about perfection!
TIP: Get up from the sewing machine from time to time to enjoy nature's beautiful gifts.
|Mule deer fawn.|