Remember all those triangle quilts? Well, this was supposed to be a trial for the smaller version in the pattern that I originally intended to make.
Not sure why, but the layout just didn't seem right on this on. I think the triangles are too big for the size of the quilt...
I do like the colors though. Triangles are Birds and Bees by Tula Pink, and the background is Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt and a grey solid which I can't remember of course:)
I tried two things on this quilt that I don't normally do; stylized free motion quilting - i generally prefer allover designs, and binding machine stitched by sewing on the front first, turning to the back and then sewing in the ditch on the top and blindly hoping to get a straight line on the back. tutorial here (can you tell that I didn't think it would work?)
Since I started making quilts, I was taught to machine sew the binding the exactly the opposite. I learned this way -tutorial here-
I will say that this is all a matter of personal opinion, what you think looks good. I think that my way is easier to look good, because you can get your line of stitching straight and never skip off the edge of the binding. Others do not like the look of a line of stitching on the front of the binding. I decided to try this other method, and actually was pleasantly surprised. I think with a bit more practice I could be satisfied with the look.
In the last month or two, I've tried a few different ways of binding so here's a few thoughts on each.
Machine stitched to the front and then hand stitched to the back. If you're a 'serious' quilter, then this is the way you do your bindings:) (partially kidding, I consider myself a halfway serious quilter, and I only hand stitch when I'm feeling like it)
It makes a lovely finished look on both front and back, with no visible stitches. Your front binding looks thinner. One more funny reason that I like this method, it seems softer somehow, maybe because there's one less line of machine stitching?
The downsides? Takes a long time, and less durable. Again, I'm just saying my angle. For tutorials on this method, just google 'hand binding tutorial' and you'll find lots of options. I don't feel qualified to point out the best method.
Here's my long used method. Sewing the binding to the back, then flipping to the front and sewing it down from the top. As I said above, the main reason I use this method is because that's the way I was taught when I first started quilting.
I think that any of these machine stitched methods take LOTS of practice to get a professional look. I don't say this to discourage anyone, but just to say that you should expect less than perfect results at first. Make picnic blankets and simple patchwork quilts and practice on them before you use this method on your heirloom quilt!
Also, cutting and sewing deadly accurate while doing all steps of applying binding will contribute to your success as well.
Here's a link to the tutorial again.
So here's my first quilt binding using this method. It looks great on the front of course! I was able to sew right in the ditch so your hardly notice the stitching at all. The back? Not completely happy with it, my corners are off with a few tension issues, but I can totally see this being a good option once I've practiced and perfected it a bit!
I think it's a good choice for a beginner since it's quite forgiving (you don't have to sew quite so straight) You will want to make sure that your binding is wide enough so that it come over and around plenty so that you're not catching the binding on the back with your zigzag stitch. (perusing her tutorial, I see that her zigzags stitch on the binding on the back.) I suppose that is a matter of personal taste, just so long as the whole thing is the same!
So there's a few of my thoughts on bindings!
Oh, by the way, one of my winners from last week's giveaway has not responded, so I randomly chose another one.
This time it's Michelle! If you're Michelle and you'd like to win a book and a bit of fabric, send me an email!