Backing, binding & naming. Boring? I think not!
I'm a back piecer for a few reasons:
- I use up leftovers of almost any size (which helps on cost)
- I like how it gives the quilt a little extra personality
- It makes for a nice surprise - almost like a two-sided quilt
I tried a new technique ala Simplify - raw edge binding. I hadn't heard of it before and when I looked at the pictures was reminded of rag quilts. Now I don't have anything against rag quilts per se, they're just not my thing. But I did see a pretty nice one lately that's got me thinking a little differently about them - as has this binding technique.
So I was open to trying something new. Know what? It was super easy. And if you're going for a casual, fun look this is definitely worth considering. See? (I l.o.v.e. scrappy binding. Love, love, love it.)
When you're making, say, a baby quilt or don't have much time to make a little gift, a technique like this is great to have in your repertoire - no binding to hand stitch is a real time-saver. It only takes a few extra minutes to de-fray the fray ;) . (Right now I'm wishing I was a talented fibre artist so I could make something cool with this pretty mass of thread instead of just throwing it out!)
Now, what's in a name?
If you've ever had the honour of naming a living being (human or animal), you've felt the weight of such responsibility (at least that's what it was like for me ... twice!) Thankfully, a quilt won't resent you when it's a teenager. I always name my quilts. It's a reward for me. But I wanted my helper to have the fun and without hesitation she chose "Summer Day".
Alright. Let's see where we are.
- Make quilt in Chapter One for charity - check!
- Tackle free-motion quilting - check!
- Have fun with daughter - check!
- Meet lots of super-cool new people in bloggyland - checkity check check check!
- Weight loss - 4.64 lbs or 2.11 kgs
- Yardage loss - 8.14 yds or 7.44 m
Tomorrow I have a little surprise for you.