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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Quilting Again

I have been staring at the Class Quilt at my sewing machine since March. That was when the second round of being sick started this winter. I had done everything that needed to be done to put the binding on the quilt, except actually do the machine sewing on the binding. And then I just didn't have the energy to sit at the machine. Part of me was afraid I'd never get there.

Last week I had some work done in the house. One of the things I did was to put up the curtain rod that will hold the class quilt. I had the bar put up so I could put other quilts on it as other quilts got made. I've been looking at that empty bar for almost a week now.

Yesterday I was free all morning. And I sat down at the machine. Literally 30 seconds after I started sewing I realized how happy I was to be there. It took four sessions to finish putting the binding on.

The first two were pretty easy. The third was one of those disasters that just happen when it has been a long time since one has done something. Sewing the two ends of the binding strips together became a major disaster. I ripped out the first attempt because everything was twisted.

I had to rip out the second attempt too because something got sewn into the seam that should not have been there, but the third attempt, on the fourth session went like a dream. The machine part of the rod pocket is in place on the back and the machine part of the binding is in place on the front. Now it is all hand sewing while I watch TV over the next couple of days.

I'll be linking to The Free Motion Quilting Project and to Fiber Artist Journey.

Take care all.


  1. I admit that I have done that too. I had to rip out a binding join twice. It was so frustrating I had to laugh at myself. It was hardly my first binding, too!

    Now I do a quick pin to make sure I have the two angles right and the face up/face down correct before I sew it :)

    I like your project. I have been enrolled in that class too, but I haven't done the project. I have too many others going on or needing to be done first.

  2. I have a set of instructions with diagrams that I pull out every time I attach a binding so that I don't get things all twisted. Congrats on getting through all the "un-sewing" and finishing your project off.

  3. I finally mastered the binding join last fall with the help of a tutorial that used two different colors of fabric so I could clearly see what to do with each end.

    I'm glad you are back at the machine!

  4. This is a lovely quilt. your fmq is beautiful :)