I'm almost ready to quilt. I have the thread except for the order that should arrive today. I have the batting and backing. I have 2/3 of the quilt sandwhich pinned together. I wanted to try using Misty Fuse, but with blue marker designs all over I cannot use the iron....so back to the old faithful safety pins and a bandaid on one finger to prevent abrasion. I tried a thimble, but it was too annoying.
One more problem to solve. I have a one-inch, dark blue border on the outside of my quilt. I have tried a wider border on the digital version of the quilt, but one-inch is what speaks to me. How am I going to quilt it, considering that I need to have room to put a binding on it too? More problematic is that the quilting design must not get caught in the binding unless I do something like stippling or straight lines. The dark blue abuts a medium blue and I tried dense, straight line quilting across the seam. No go. I don't like it, and trying to use two thread colors was mind-bending, and my mind refused to bend.
|Diamonds on the tester do not sing for me.|
Should I do it after I sew the binding on the front, leaving it open to be hand-sewn to the back later? It works nicely on a tester, but I don't know about the corners. Time for another tester.
|I like the feathers and they echo the rest of the quilting designs. Click to see large|
and you will see the binding seam at the top sewed before doing the feathers.
I could mark the border with a ceramic pencil and keep the feathers on the inner side of the line Block and bind after stitching.
This is what I will be contemplating as I sit down to stitch every seam in the ditch, before doing the fun, decorative quilting. It will be awhile before I have to make a decision about that border.
TIP: Take the time with thought processes such as these. Do the testers. You will be more likely to end up with a product that you like.
Sew a happy seam this week. I wish you lots of ideas from which to choose.