I finally got it done!! The vintage Fruit Basket quilt ( Click here for the post about beginning the quilting) is quilted , bound, and washed.
I don’t always add a separate binding … in this case I used the backing fabric as the binding. Here it is with the quilting finished and ready to bind
In order to bind this with the backing fabric I started by cutting the batting close to the edge of the top.
Next I cut the backing fabric 2 inches wide (measured from the edge of the top).
Next I fold the backing fabric to the top and tuck the edge under the top and batting and pin in place.
now go back and fold the edge over again pinning in place
Now stitch it down
This binding could easily be made more narrow but cutting the backing less than 2″ and cutting the batting closer to the top. I wanted the binding on this one fairly wide so 2′ was perfect for me.
Here are a few pictures of the finished quilt, and the back. (click pictures to enlarge)
Remember the 3 upside down blocks? There are still there just as the the original maker placed them.
I decided it was best to leave it … I think part of the charm is the mistakes…and leaving it as it was makes it more authentic.
I washed the quilt in the standard top loading washing machine in warm water, Tide detergent, gentle cycle, and dried it in the dryer on low heat. The batting is Hobb’s Tuscany wool and I find that it washes up beautifully. It is a very soft and fluffy quilt!
And Teddy Likes it too!!
Now I really do need to decide what is next!! I’m itching to start another new one…..but I might need to go back to the pile of quilts I have already started….I’ll sleep on it and see….check back soon