A couple weeks ago, I finally finished a quilt I started about a year or more ago. Even though it’s (almost) completely hand stitched, I know I could have finished it quicker. But I had this clever idea to do the binding in the hexies (seen here) but after finishing one side I realized just how much of an undertaking that was. The project was shoved in corner, waiting for me to make that decision of whether or not to continue on with the rest of the quilt (time consuming as it might be) or scrap the completed binding (time consuming as it was) and do a simple binding. I opted for the latter—a simple patchwork binding.
I’m learning that the binding is my favorite part of quilt making. I’d love to say it’s because it’s the finishing step but in truth, I like the actual process of closing up that raw edged sandwich of fabrics and batting. And then hand stitching it in place with little stitches, that if done right, disappear.
Technical details: Simple gray broadcloth with lots of hand stitched and hand appliqued hexagons. Batting is an old felt-like blanket. It’s one and half fabric widths wide (44″+22″=66″) Where the seam runs down the front and back, three quarters of the way across, I placed the hexie strip. The front has a three-hexie-wide strip while the back just has a one-wide strip. And it’s about 6′ long. The corners are rounded because I was too lazy to miter the binding. Hand quilting in simple lines running the length.
I keep hearing it’s going to be a very cold winter this year. So I’m grateful that my stack of (handmade) quilts is growing.