Tuesday, March 18, 2014
On retreat 3 -- mindless sewing
The book that I have been working on for a long time is finally approaching the finish line, despite my efforts to prolong the process. On what was supposed to be a final edit, I thought of something brilliant that just had to be included, and then had to make up a couple of sample blocks to illustrate it. The blocks were so pretty that I decided to make some more and sew them into a quilt.
It took two afternoons to make the quilt and one more day to quilt it, but I saved the binding to do at my retreat. A quick sew, and it was done!
I just love to finish quilts with bindings -- it's such an easy process, and so neat and clean. Too bad I believe that quilts intended as art suffer from bindings (makes them look too much like traditional quilts) and as a result, I feel compelled to finish mine with facings. They look fine, but I find the process a bit more tedious and time-consuming.
So it's a pleasure to make the occasional piece that can be finished with binding.
Here's the quilt. The purpose of the exercise was to show how to sew a block with wonky, wedge-shaped blocks set on a diagonal and still have the fabric grain parallel to the sides of the block. It's a clever sewing process, if I do say so myself, and particularly appropriate to plaids (which I had two big boxes of in my stash).