I finished my red thread whole cloth quilt today!
I used a tan (even though it looks off white in the pictures) fabric for top and backing, and Hobb’s Tuscany Silk Batting.
I did all the marking as I went using an inexpensive mechanical pencil and free hand drawing the design one hoop at a time.
The thread is DMC perle cotton No 8 and I used a DMC size 5 embroidery needle…I didn’t use a thimble for this one
here are all the super fancy things I used to make this quilt
The red thread is Number 321 so I am calling the quilt ‘321 quilt’ I also used a rotary cutter and a ruler but nothing really fancy was needed.
Here is how I did the binding:
Once I had all the quilting finished
I cut the 3 layers even on all the edges
I am binding this without an applied binding. This method is sometimes called ‘Knife Edge’.
I first fold back the top and backing fabrics and pin them back exposing the batting
It is important to get the fabric pinned out of the way because the next step is to trim the batting 1/2″ shorter and you need the fabric to be out of the way
next I fold the top in covering the edge of the batting and press, and then fold the backing in and press
and top stitch in matching thread
and here is the finished quilt
Here are some more pictures (click to enlarge)
The next thing to do is wash it. I always wash and dry my quilts.
Here it is after washing and drying.
and more (click to enlarge)
Silk batting shrinks when washed and dried. I like the look it gives. crinkled and antique looking. Before washing the Quilt measured 58 inches square and after it is 55 inches square or almost 5%. I love the batting, it is soft and has a beautiful drape. It is a dream to hand quilt. It is a very thin batting so there is not as much definition or texture but I think it is perfect for this quilt.