When we left off last Wednesday, the scrappy borders had been done, and next was doing the final quilting and finishing. I found a small piece of coordinating fabric for the back, with enough for binding too, and loaded the little quilt on the longarm. This project is small enough to easily do on a domestic machine, but I need practice with free motion on the longarm.
So, I did a meander around the scrappy blocks with a medium brown thread, then switched to a lighter ecru for the center meander.
I wasn’t really happy with the stitch quality, and I know I need to speed up the machine for this, but that makes me nervous. It wasn’t too bad in the scrappy part, but the ecru section has some laddering of the stitches. I should have loosened the top tension a bit more for the different thread. Ah, well.
Next, I cut the strips for the binding, and also cut two 4-inch squares for hanging. These are folded in half corner to corner and pressed into triangle shapes.
Place the triangles on the top corners, raw edges to raw edges with the folded edge across the middle
Sew the triangles very close to the edge. This is only to stabilize them into place.
Then, when you sew the binding on the top side, the triangles stay in place, and are sewn down again. Once again, I test fit the binding to be sure there are no seams landing on corners.
I like to sew with a seam a bit deeper than 1/4-inch. I just think it looks better.
Turn the binding to the back, and it covers the raw edges of the triangles. I hand stitch the binding as usual.
Putting a small dowel across the back and under the triangles makes an easy way to hang it on the wall.
If you’d rather use it as a table decoration or candle mat, it lays flat.
This is a great project for Mini Charm packs! You could also scale it up using the standard 5-inch square packs, just make your embroidery larger too. Wouldn’t this be sweet with a snowman in the middle and winter prints all around? Or maybe you can embroider a Santa and surround him with Christmas prints. Spring flowers can be surrounded with pastel florals or vibrant moderns. The only limit is your imagination!
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