Sunday, January 13, 2008

And that's two quilts for the year!

I just finished piecing the second quilt top since January 1. The top for my brother's quilt is completed and I am very pleased with it. It was a simple pattern but very effective. The only thing that gave me any additional work was the striped inner border. I usually don't cut borders on the cross grain. If they're cut on the straight grain they are much more stable and easier to apply without distorting the blocks, especially if the blocks have a lot of diagonal seams. But, to get the look I wanted, I had to use this fabric on the cross grain. I sewed together the widths with a diagonal seam because it was less apparent, but matching the striped strips on the diagonal was more work than I anticipated. The same striped fabric will be used on the bias for the binding. The backing will be a small companion print to the large border. I tacked it to the guest room closet door frame to photograph it! Seriously, I would love to know how anyone photographs completed quilts or quilt tops.


Linda_J said...

Very nice! I love putting striped or plaid fabric on the bias for binding---gingham checks too. You are a fast piecer!

The Quilter said...

Retired, my dear, retired. I have the feeling that my output will increase drastically. Thanks for the nice comments.

paula, the quilter said...

I retired, once. Now I'm the office manager for a bronze sculptor. My hobby job: it keeps me in my hobby.