Next up on the rack will be this Lone Star beauty. My customer has added borders to the top and bottom to make it fit on a bed, otherwise it would've been a traditional square Lone Star quilt.
She has asked for custom quilting on it, including SID in the Lone Star center and special motifs in the large tan areas. I think there will be some puckering around the Lone Star. So I'm going to do a partial float of the top, and when it's all racked up and ready to begin I'm going to ask my customer to come to my studio and help me work out the quilting designs. She will need to see how much extra fabric there is in the tan pieces for herself. Sometimes a quiltmaker is not aware that there are issues with their quilt top. Making this quiltmaker happy is a priority for me, and thankfully she lives right down the street.
Today I completed the binding on the Breast Cancer Awareness quilt. This customer likes the binding machine finished. So I began by stitching the binding to the back of the quilt:
I joined the ends diagonally:
Which just happened to work out perfectly!
When the binding was stitched onto the back, I took the quilt to the ironing board and pressed the binding out - away from the quilt:
That was so that I could pull the binding around to the front as much as possible to cover the stitching line. To make the mitered corner, I pressed the binding over the quilt edge and onto the front of the quilt in one direction:
Then, I pressed the binding over the quilt edge in the other direction. Which, if the planets are aligned that day, results in a nicely mitered corner:
Taking the quilt back to my sewing machine, I stitched the binding to the top of the quilt very close to the folded edge of the binding:
Turning the corner isn't so tricky. I do a backstitch, lift the presser foot, turn the quilt, and then carry on with my stitching:
And again, if all is right with the world that day, the miter will look something like this (or better):
And the back will look something like this (or better):
This week is full of quilt pick-ups and deliveries. Wednesday I'll be teaching a piecing class to 2 beginners. And on Thursday I'll be 200 miles away getting some dental work done. Which will result in some "down time" for me.
Maybe that "down time" will give me a chance to catch up on some much-neglected piecing of my own quilts...