Friday, February 24, 2012

Empire Quilt Finished


This quilt is ready to go off as a gift to a little boy tomorrow! On Monday I had a pile of fabric in my sewing room. Today there's an heirloom. I love it!


I almost tried a new binding technique, but I chickened out at the last minute. I considered trying Rachel Hauser's zigzag binding stitch. (She had me at fast and easy.) I made a test swatch, but I decided against it for this quilt. I felt like stitching in the ditch was a better fit with the clean lines and sparse quality of this quilt.


I ended up combining aspects of both Sharon Schamber's and Rachel Hauser's binding techniques.

1) I cut my fabric into 2.5" strips: Rachel
2) Assembled the binding with Elmer's glue, sewing, and starch: Sharon
3) I sewed the binding to the front of the quilt with a 5/16" seam: I split the difference between Sharon's 1/4" recommendation and Rachel's 3/8" preference. If I had done a 3/8" seam, the binding would not have covered the stitch line on the back. 
4) I glued and heat set the binding to the back of the quilt: Sharon
5) I stitched in the ditch on the front: Sharon
6) I hand stitched the mitered corners in place on the front and back of the quilt: Sharon


If I had nothing but time and fingers of steel, I would have hand sewn the binding to the back like I did the last two baby quilts. I love how the binding seems to be magically attached when you sew it to the back by hand. 


I prefer the slightly larger binding created by the 5/16" seam on the front. There were a few places where I had trouble getting the binding to catch on the back as I was stitching in the ditch. I went back and sewed over the gaps again to get them to catch. When I bind like this again, I'll give myself some wiggle room and cut my fabric strips 2 5/8" wide. Otherwise, sewing a 1/4" seam with binding made from 2.5"strips would be fine. 


I forgot to measure the bound quilt before I put it in the wash, but I used the same Poly-Fil Cotton Classic Batting for them as I did with the other two baby quilts that I finished recently. It's 100% unbleached organic cotton with a 1/4" loft. We're probably looking at the same 3.6% to 4.8% shrinkage. This one came out of the dryer measuring 49"x36."


I'm linking up with Crazy Mom QuiltsAmy Lou Who, Sew Happy GeekCanoe Ridge CreationsShwin & Shwin, and JAQS Studio to see all of the other finishes. Happy Crafting this weekend!





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17 comments:

  1. All I have to say is I love everything about this quilt!! The colors, pattern, and quilting all work so nicely together. I am sure this will be loved and appreciated!
    Shanna

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  2. This is a beautiful quilt from your stash! The stars on the blue fabric is great for a little guy.
    ~Judy

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  3. This is soo beautiful! The colors are gorgeous and so beachy. It has a very summer by the ocean feel to me. I just love it. Janelle

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  4. I love it. Especially the asymmetry & great use of whit space. It really turns it into a work of art.

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  5. Your quilt is lovely. The colours are very cool and restful and I really like the pieced backing. Yay you!

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  6. Oh, this just takes my breath away! The colors are so perfectly soft for a baby! And the back! There's a flickr group you should put this on!

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/1252782@N20/pool/

    I've never been able to machine the back of the binding...just can't manage my fingers to do it properly. Yours looks great!

    Huzzah for your finish!

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  7. The colors are wonderful. I am going to look at those quilt binding techniques.

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  8. What a gorgeous quilt! You machine binding looks perfect too - I sort of gave up on that and am hand sewing to the back again.

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  9. So beautiful! That will be a cherished heirloom for sure! :o)

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  10. What lovely fabrics! I love how you used the white so that they really stood out! Congrats on the finish!!
    ~Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva

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  11. This looks great! I love your pezzy and your quilting looks amazing!

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  12. Great quilt. I love your design, the colours and fabrics are gorgeous too.

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  13. This quilt is gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I'm loving surfing around yours!

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  14. So pretty :) the colors are so soothing.

    Love for you to share it at my Wednesday's "Made by ME" Linky Party here: http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/02/made-by-me-20-linky-party.html

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  15. Gorgeous quilt, he will be a lucky little fellow. Will check out your binding tips too!

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