Tuesday, March 31, 2015

My Binding Bash!

Five quilts had been back from my long arm quilter for some time ... my sewing room is sew small ... I kept having to move the quilts from one place to another in order to sew.  Yep ... it was pretty ridiculous ... it was time to buckle down and host my own binding bash!
I hauled "Her Majesty" out onto the dining table and decided to begin with with the largest quilt ...
... my king sized Red Ridge Beauty!
Her story has been well documented ... so I won't go into all the details ... but I honestly love her!  Seriously ... she makes my heart flutter!
The long-arm quilter worked her magic ... and made the quilt even more delightful.
Separate feather designs in the light and red bands ... going in opposite directions ... lovely!
In the narrow three inch border she creatively used a single row of pebbles to distinguish it from the pieced top ... and then finished it off with a narrow feather.  Wonderful in every way!
After finishing the king sized, I chose to do the smallest one next.  This was the first precut I bought ... many years ago ... a jelly roll!  I have no idea what line it was or how many years ago, but it was the first year precuts were released!  Wasn't sure what to do with it, so kept it until I came across the "Fastest Jelly Roll" quilt pattern.
I spy my Supervisor ... she isn't allowed on the dining table, so she likes to watch what I'm doing from a chair.  Sew cute!  I pieced this top ... I think it was around 2008 ... didn't have any yardage for borders, backing or binding.
This one seemed to be Flicka's favorite.  The fabric is very sweet ... I wish I had yardage!
I'm happy and impressed with the way the long-arm quilter chose to quilt it ... a small vine along each seam and then blossoms placed randomly.
The results are wonderful!  A simple and silly quilt was made beautiful by her talent!
Third quilt ... second day ... queen sized quilt from Terry Atkinson's Spring Cleaning book!
While seaming the binding ends, I noticed someone had snuck up on the quilt ... which is on the table!
She made herself comfortable...
... well ... she is really on the quilt, not on the table! ;-)
The phone rang ... by the time I came back, she had moved in close to the machine and was napping.  What's a cat lover to do?  Let her nap, of course!
More magic from the long-arm quilter.  She ran a leaf vine through the X blocks to create a trellis and a flower motif for the O blocks!  Perfect!
This quilt is also a favorite!  I love 30's reproduction fabrics ... this quilt is so cheerful ... a happy quilt!
"Her Majesty" had been making unhappy noises for a few weeks, so I knew she needed a tune-up.  On day two she finally sounded so bad, I decided to send her to the doctor.  Fortunately QBee Terry was going to Anchorage and could take her to her appointment and pick her up!  Am so grateful for Terry's willingness to serve as an escort ... life in a remote corner of the planet makes one appreciate the kindness of others.
Day three - I pulled out my small machine and began working on the full sized quilt.
Uh-oh!  Someone's up on the table!  "Her Majesty" blocked her view from the chair!
Another Terry Atkinson pattern from her book Happy Hour.  I chose the pattern to show off the fabrics in this fat quarter pack.  I refer to it as my Easter quilt ... love the pastel colors.
The long-arm quilter enhanced the simplicity of this design by quilting each square with a feathered border and than placed a wreath in the center.  The result is beautiful!
Finally the fifth quilt ... another "Fastest Jelly Roll" quilt!  This one is larger because it has borders.
I see ears have snuck up on the table ...
... the Supervisor ... she IS just fulfilling her job responsibilities!
Can you believe it?  I ran out of bobbin with only about 2 inches left!  I put the rotary cutter there for perspective.
Number five is finished!
The all over feather design in the quilt is perfect ... and I really like the way she finished the border!
It feels so good to have a binding bowl that is nearly empty.
Happiness is a tower of finished quilts with a kitty on top!  On the dining table of course!

Three days ... five tops that have been beautifully quilted ... miles of binding ... one gimpy sewing machine ... multiple bobbins ... friends who understand how important a healthy sewing machine is ... and a cute, but very sneaky kitty.  They all add up to dillydally euphoria!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally


  1. All of your quilts are beautiful.
    You made great progress!
    Flicka is too cute, she loves your quilts.

  2. Love seeing your Supervisor on your pretty quilts. The red/white quilt I made for my son is my all time fave; a blue/white takes 2nd. Binding is a favorite chore, and I bind for quilt pals too. I hope you get a good report from the machine Dr.

  3. Great progress on your lovely quilts!!!

  4. Oh my goodness! Your quilts are beautiful, so bright and colorful! I like how you showed the detail of the quilting patterns - lovely. I hope "Your Majesty" makes a quick recovery.