I finished another quilt last night. Here it is fresh out of the washing machine and dryer. To see the top before quilting and read about the quilting see this post https://timquilts.com/2013/06/16/another-start/
I always wash quilts when I am done because I am usually quilting a vintage top and they can be pretty dirty and need a good wash. I also like the softness of a washed quilt, and the crinkled look that happens when washed.
I used Hobb’s Tuscany wool batting for this quilt, but I find that it washes up nicely. I washed it in cool water in the machine on the delicate cycle, and dried it in the dryer on low temperature.
Here are a bunch of pictures ( click to enlarge)
Here is how I added the binding. Remember this was a vintage top, it was not square or even so the binding wont be perfect either.
I like to use straight grain binding on quilts with straight edges. Straight grain does not stretch while I am machine stitching it to the quilt. If a quilt has curved edges I use bias cut binding.
I cut the binding 2.5 inches wide for this quilt. I sew the pieces together into one continuous strip , joining them at a 45 degree angle and pressing the seams open. This keeps the binding smoother because the extra seams and fabric are distributed along the length of the binding rather than all at one place.
Next I fold the binding in half and press.
Now I sew the binding on to the quilt by machine. The binding goes on the top and the folded edge goes toward the center of the quilt. I start on one of the sides, leaving about one foot unsewn and then sew to the corner. stop stitching at 1/4 inch from the corner.
Back stitch to secure and then cut the thread.
Now fold the binding up like this.
Finger press it in place and then fold it down like this.
Begin sewing again starting 1/4 inch in from the corner as marked here by the pin.
Continue around all the edges doing all the corners and stop about a foot from the end again.
where the 2 ends overlap I need to join them at a 45 degree angle. unfold one end and cut at a 45
refold and put it on top of the other end and mark a line
open that end up and mark it 1/2 inch longer (1/4 inch seam allowance for each side) and cut on the new line.
pin the 2 ends together (line up the fold to get it centered)
sew together at 1/4 inch
fold it back up and then sew this last few feet down.
here it is sewn down with the binding pushed forward to show the top.
I use a few pins and move them as I go when hand sewing the binding to the back. Fold the binding to the back of the quilt, pin in place and stitch to the back.
I stitch the binding down as close to the machine stitching line as I can.
here is a corner
If you want it to be perfect you can stitch the miter closed.
This quilt took me 6 hours to do the hand stitching of the binding, the machine part took a few hours to make the binding and apply it.