Today the purple and green Sampler quilt will be getting its machine binding completed, and then it will be ready to go home.
The quilting is not the star of this quilt, the fabrics are. But the backing fabric is subtle enough to really display the texture of the quilting.
My customer provided Poly-fil Traditional 100% Polyester batting and it was a dream to work with. It's not as drapey as 100% cotton, but it proved to be the perfect batting for puffing up the unquilted areas. The quilt is a bit stiff in the tiny purple cornerstones right now, but with laundering and use it will soften up beautifully.
Now for the fun part: turning the binding onto the front and attaching it by machine. I chose to purchase a dark purple binding fabric that matches the darkest purple in the rose-patterned focus fabric. I'll use clear thread in the bobbin in order to camouflage the stitching on the back, which is how I always do machine bindings. Just for fun I'm using a very dark purple shimmery embroidery thread on top to attach the binding onto the front of the quilt.
And, with any luck it will be ready for delivery by this afternoon!
Tomorrow begins a new project for Common Quilts. I will begin teaching a quiltmaking class. It's a first for me. I'm hoping that the 40+ quilts I've made in the past 9 years will count for something as I pass on my love for quilting to a new generation.