There are two techniques I have been working on, and I just so happen to be doing (almost) twin quilts, so I have been practicing on these. They are machine binding and machine appliqué. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the machine binding went with careful placement of the binding. I made my own 1 inch straight grain binding tape from 2 inch strips:
I pressed it as it came out of the binding tool.
I looked up how to miter the corners on the internet. And I used pins to hold the mitered corners, clover clips to hold the rest. They worked well to make certain the front and back were lined up correctly as the front and black of Clover clips are of the same length.
I sewed it into place. I forgot to change the bobbin thread, which matched the backing to a darker brown to match the binding, but was 1/4 done when I noticed, so I decided the complementary thread was an excellent “design choice”. 🙂
With the appliqué, I used the same binding, made in the same way. I used a spray bottle of water when I was ironing it to get very good creases. Then I pinned into place and will top stitch very close to the edge.
I will be doing the stitching this morning and hope to finish the quilt entirely today. You may notice from the photo that this quilt has already been quilted and bound. I decided to add the appliqué as it just didn’t seem finished. the complementary top stitching just didn’t stand out that much and I wanted to add a little more color to the negative space of the quilt.
These quilts were done entirely with walking foot straight quilting. More pictures of both will follow later.
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