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Finished my Patchwork Quilt

completed honey honey patchwork quilt

I finished! Finally. It’s kind of a big deal for me to actually finish a quilt. I’m great about starting, not so great about finishing.

sideview patchwork quilt

I posted about it here and I used it to make a few binding tutorials. It was super easy and very quick to make. I just procrastinated with the binding, as usual. I did, however, machine stitch the binding rather than handstitch for the first time. It went much, much faster of course, but I don’t think it looks quite as nice. I learned some things that I’ll do differently next time. So, hopefully with practice I’ll get better.

binding view of patchwork quilt

I used a vintage sheet for the backing, also a first for me. All in all, I’m excited about finishing another quilt and am ready to keep working on the other two I’ve got going.

ETA: The finished size is ~ 46 X 55 and if you’re interested in making one, I have some instructions here.

Happy Quilting! 🙂

 

Current State of My Sewing Room

This week has been full of swimming lessons and golf clinics, so sadly my sewing machine has sat all by herself, lonely and ignored. 😉

my sewing machine

The sad state of my hourglass quilt. I have a new plan, however. I’m going to try sashing. Otherwise, it’s just too busy, so hopefully sashing will help.

hourglass quilt waiting

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Quilt Binding Instructions: How to Join Quilt Binding Ends

Now that you’ve made your binding and sewn it to your quilt, you need to join the ends of the binding. (First, a little FYI: The first time I did this, I almost lost my mind. I don’t know why, but I looked at every tutorial on the Internet, and could not get it to work. So, I have taken it on as my personal mission in life to explain this well.)

So, at the end of the last tutorial, this is what you had.

where to stop sewing

A nice empty space where you will join the ends of your binding.

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Quilt Binding Instructions: How to Sew on Binding

After you’ve made your quilt binding, it’s time to attach it to your quilt.

Remember when you made your binding? How you folded it in half and ironed? Ok, place that binding strip on the edge of your quilt with the side you can “open” facing UP. You could also say the raw edges should be facing up. If that doesn’t make sense (and I’m not sure it does) look at the picture below. The side you can open should be aligned with the edge of your quilt.

opening-faces-up

Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, start sewing (backstitch when you start sewing!) about 8-10 inches from the end of your binding strip. You start 8-10 inches from the end because you’re going to need some extra fabric when you attach the ends together, which I’ll talk about soon in another post.  (And it’s probably a good idea to stop here and attach your walking foot, I didn’t, but I probably should have.)

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