Tuesday, September 18, 2007

an update (of sorts)

So I showed this quilt top last month.

Here it is now (well Ihave added a bit more quilting since I took the photo):

current doll quilt for me
(I have actually quilted it enough to remove the pins...)

An arty photograph...
pink & brown tumblers
(post basting, pre-in the ditch quilting by hand.)

Some of the quilting on the back:
Hand quilting in progress

I need advice on the binding...
I guess since the sides are not straight that I have to use bias binding, right? when using bias binding, to I fold it in half and attach the "double" raw side by machine on the front first - or....?

14 comments:

cher said...

you would "need" bias binding if you were dealing with curves -although many quilters always use bias binding-again-showing it's your choice. I always do fold over binding (french method) stitch to the front, and hand stitch down the back side. nice quilting Amy!

Tamera said...

Well, I don't have any binding advice. I haven't bound a quilt that didn't have straight sides.

However, I LOVE the quilt. I love the design AND the color. It's so "comfy" looking.

Shelina said...

This looks great! Yes I think bias binding is the best way to handle all those turns, but don't know how to accomplish that.

Blondie said...

I have no idea about the binding. I have only done straight sides myself. It is great though, and I can't wait to see the end product!

paula, the quilter said...

I looked at the larger size of the photo on your flikr account. I don't think you'd have to do a 'true' bias binding. You only need to have it bend around the points and dips so a slightly off-grain binding would be enough to go around, IMHO. Here's what I'd do: make a quilt sandwich but don't bother piecing it, just use one whole piece for the front like you'd do for the back. Cut the edge with the same shape as your doll quilt. Cut a binding in your desired grainyness (!!) and experiment. You are only out a little bit of time and you'll know for certain how it will work. HTH.

Tanya said...

I don't think I'd bother with bias either though I might sew the binding on by hand with all those corners. Don't suppose you want to add half blocks all the way around and make the edges straight? Love the colors and I know you're going to be happy with this quilt whatever you do with the binding!

Kay said...

this is very pretty, Amy. You sew the binding (not the double French type) to the front and then fold to back and stitch by hand. It's not too hard, but you have to go slowly and pivot at the little points when doing the machine stitching.

Jeanne said...

Simply fabulous doll quilt! It looks like a vintage beauty. I absolutely love it! Sorry, no help with the binding.

Faith said...

I love the colours gives it such an antique style and I love the handquilting nothing beats that handquilted feel.

Karen said...

The colors and pattern look so wonderfully antique-y. And your quilting looks great. Just offhand, I would think it would be easier to do single rather than double for the binding...

Marisa said...

I LOVE what you've got going on here w/ your taupes. You know I'm a huge fan/freak for the taupe fabrics. Very very nice - so glad you hand quilted it. I'm hard core, I use bias for all my bindings. I find that it wears very well with time. I've also studied antique quilts and found that if the quilter used bias binding it seems to hold up a lot better over time. It will also be more forgiving in the binding of this quilt, so you may want to think about it. Anyhow, as usual BEAUTIFUL work!! Stunning.

Kathie said...

I do bias binding on nearly everything now. I usually try to find a stripe or plaid so the bias shows. Love the way it looks.

And this tumbler pattern--I love it! I've been wanting to find a tumbler template and do one of these myself.

Very nice quilt.

Exuberant Color said...

You really don't need to do bias because all of the edges are straight but you need to allow the amount for a mitered corner at each of the points to not get rounded binding. I have done one with the ends of the "bricks" as the edging and I used single binding because I didn't want the bulk of double binding with all of those corners (every 2") on mine.

Jeanne said...

Any luck yet with your zigzag binding? I've never done one like this, so I don't know what would work best.
Jeanne