Today I’ll show the finishing of the miniature fans quilt. When I left off, the little top was fully assembled, pieced with 50 wt Aurifil thread.
Now, how to quilt it was the question. This is the time when many of us just stop and stare, or put it away for later, creating stacks of UFOs. I tend to leave things out and just make myself get to them so I have few UFOs. Answering all the questions of how to quilt it, what to quilt it with, what batting to use, what thread to use is the basis for my Decisions Decisions program. (Small plug here, I am booking now for 2022 – see my Speaker Page for information on all my programs.) I had a batting piece that had a blend of 80% cotton and 20% wool, so that would do. Thread? Had to be black cotton Signature on top with Aurifil in the bobbin. How to quilt was the challenge. Pantographs would be too big, this one needed custom.
I loaded the little quilt on the longarm to stabilize the edges, and then marked a chalk line 1/4-inch in for an edge to quilt to. This will keep me inside the lines so my tiny feathers won’t end up under the binding.
It is much easier to do stitch in the ditch on my domestic machine, particularly on a quilt this small. So after the borders of feathers were done, I took it off the longarm and went to the Brother. First thing was to stitch in the ditch between the blocks. It was easier to stay on the stitching line by sewing very slowly.
On the backside, here is the grid done.
Next was to SID around the fans. This was a lot harder, as the black thread would stand out horribly on those white and bright blocks if I got off line. So I slowed down even more.
Stitch, then one more stitch, then one more stitch, excruciatingly slow.
Before binding, I added large squares folded over into triangles to the top corners as a hanging method. Matching the raw edges in the corners, the binding will cover those up.
Then it was time for the binding. I cut the strips only 2-1/4 for a 1/4-inch wide binding. Test fitting it, it was going to clear the fan points on the cornerstones.
Sewn on and ready for the handwork.
I handwhipped the binding to the back side.
Then, a label is added. This one is one of my pre-printed ones I use for the fair. All labels are covered for competition, so a small one is fine. Later, I’ll add a different label giving credit to Carol Doak as the designer.
There it is, ready to enter in the Miniature Quilts competition at the fair. The quilt measures 11-1/2 inches square. I can’t wait for September to get here!!!
On a side note, I know I said I’d get to the secret project today, but I want to show it here locally first, so it will be Friday before I can share it. I totally forgot that I had made that commitment first, and I need to honor it. So, Friday for sure!
What do you think of the miniature quilt?