The last couple of steps to finish this quilt took much longer that it should. Between personal, guild, and work responsibilities our weekends have been booked. We squared the quilt and tried figuring out what final size it should be. We opted not to futz with it too much, we were scared we’d end up chopping one side a bit, then the other, then the other etc.
Last year we heard Gwen Marston speak about her quilting and she mentioned she used single-fold binding on her quilts. Her opinion was that if it was good enough for the Mennonites it was good enough for her. That struck me because the quilting community is IMHO stuck on double fold, on the bias binding. My quilts are not going to be used, they will hang on a wall until I put them away. For me straight of grain binding is good enough. I think the single-fold binding worked well on my quilt, the binding looks like another row of quilting. I like the fact it looks like there’s no binding at all. The binding was all done on a sewing machine. Bill Kerr mentioned they machine bind all their quilts. Hand binding for me takes forever. If machine binding is good enough for him it’s good enough for me.
The last step is to take some good photos and submit the quilt to Road to California. There’s no chance the quilt will be accepted but I’m doing it because I’m proud of my effort. I think my straight-line quilting is improving. Some day they’ll maybe even be straight.
I made this block for someone. I can’t say who. 🙂