Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sometimes I Surprise Myself!

I almost can't believe how much I got done yesterday! The rows of Crown blocks sat for a couple of days but I finally sewed them together the day before yesterday.

Then came the debate over whether to put a narrow border around the top or not. I was planning a black binding, but was afraid it might crowd the blocks. I thought maybe one of the white prints all the way around would give the eye a place to rest between the blocks and the binding. The more I thought about it though, the less I liked the idea. Writing about the pros and cons of the choices before me led me to the decision to consider something different for the binding. Bingo!

This was one of three multicolor stripes I pulled from my stash. I liked it the best, and things just flowed from there.

I was so excited however, that I didn't think about the effect of using a diagonal seam to join the strips together.

I'm hoping that since my bindings end up so narrow that it won't be terribly noticeable in the final quilt. Or I may go to the trouble of cutting these joins out and replacing them with straight seams. It wouldn't be hard, or all that wasteful, but it would be time consuming. We'll just have to see how I feel when I get to that point.

Having the binding made propelled me to make a back. My first thought was to carry on with the black and white theme or use up some yardage of a black with white print that didn't get used on the front of the quilt. But then I remembered a couple of flannel pieces in my stash, pieces that I would have a hard time parting with...

They gave me the length I needed but I had to add something to the sides to get the width. Turns out this was a perfect opportunity to use that big Garden Divas print I'd been cherishing. :- )

Not only did I get the back and the binding made yesterday, I was also able to get the layers pin basted on the kitchen floor!

I even have a plan for the quilting, and the machine is all set up, ready to go. This is nothing short of remarkable!


  1. Love this project!!!

    Congrats on the progress, too!

  2. That's a great looking quilt! I can't wait to see it with the binding on.


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