Saturday, June 30, 2012

blue strippy quilt, fabric ball and binding talk

I finished sewing the binding on the blue strippy quilt! yay!
I think I have a recipient for this one- though not sure yet...

I quilted a swirl all over it in blue thread

and I made a sort of scrappy backing, this blue "star" fabric was long enough but not wide enough, so I added this blue dotted fabric in the middle.

and Ball #7 is done, I used some Lorax fabric scraps :-)

here's the fabric basket I made a while ago with all the fabric balls, don't you just want to squeeze them and play with them?

Now I've been wanting to do a little write up about BINDING!
doesn't matter if you LOVE or HATE doing the binding. I really don't mind it at all, since it's usually the last thing and then the whole quilt is done!

This is my wall downstairs, where I usually have 3 quilts hanging, and this time they are close to the same size.

Okay, so this one has binding that's the same color as the outer border- but it looks like just a fat binding, it mimics the other burgundy borders in the quilt

see how skinny that outer border is?
it acts as a nice skinny frame.

here's one with matching binding also, since the border is so wide and the focus is all on the bargello design, the border is white and so is the binding, so that's not the part you focus on.
It would just look OFF if I have picked a colored binding, don't you think?

the third quilt, has a different colored binding

I chose the red instead of the blue to make another little "border" with the binding, I could have done it in blue I guess, but I like it in red like this. Really, I'm pretty sure I just used whatever fabric I had enough of :-) often I do that. there's nothing wrong with THAT!
If you are making a scrappy quilt too, who says the binding has to be all the same color, you could use strips of a bunch of different fabrics.

What do you do when choosing your binding?
do you pick the same fabric as the outer border fabric?
or pick something else that was used in the quilt?
or do you use whatever you have on hand?

here's another update on my 2012 list

#1 welcome to the hive-turned into a pillow DONE!
#2 lotus quilt- DONE!
#3 blue flower table runner- DONE!
#4 pumpkin star pillow- just needs to be stuffed and sewn together
#5 red mini star table topper- top done and ready to quilt DONE!
#6 Bunny table runner- DONE!
#7 wonky house block swap- quilted and binding attached, started sewing onto back
#8 giraffe wall hanging - still working on needleturn applique, mommy giraffe almost done
#9 pineapple black and blue quilt- giving these a break now
#10 Blue star quilt- top and binding done
#11 Pine tree BOM- MARCH is done
#12 Next Stitch STAR- Done!
#13 snowmen table runner- DONE!
#14 Elenar Burns star Go! die- pieces cut for a scrappy look- SCRAPPED!
#15 aqua owl- DONE! and made a pair of hotpads too for a neighbor
# 16 geese in a ring- DONE!
# 17 Bonnie Hunter ORCA mystery - top done- skipping the border
# 18 Little twister blue- SCRAPPED
#19 green, red, yellow flower quilt- top done, just taking forever removing the papers
# 20 small embroidered trees (4 blocks) - DONE!
# 21 spring swap blocks- got plans but no background fabrics ordered yet
# 22Making memories embroidered panel- needs to be made into a cute wall hanging
# 23 black, red white asian quilt- DONE!
# 24 color block swap- top is done, done and quilted!
# 25 fall leaf blocks swap- top done
# 26 Baby gingham dog boy quilt- DONE!
#27- a doll apples quilt- DONE!
#28(jan 2012) need to quilt 2 donation quilts- done and mailed off
#29(jan) bubble gum quilt kit won at quilt show - main quilt top done without border
#30 (feb) jelly roll quilt- DONE!
#31 (feb)5 x 1yards of beige/ black batiks- DONE!
#32 (mar) won 9 march BOM -dotted flowers -from pine tree guild- top and binding made
#33 (mar) batik quilt for McCalls - DONE!
#34(mar) #2 quilt for McCalls- DONE and shipped
#35 (all year) Round Robin swap -June sent out
#36(mar) Dr seuss baby shower gift- DONE!-gave to neighbor
#37 (april) blue strip pieced blocks - DONE!
#38 (april) won a pattern and two charm bundles- Baby quilt DONE!
#39 wonky block swap -June sent out
#40(may) Civil War Legacies- DONE! extra blocks ready to ship out
#41 (may) blue and white lil' twister- top and binding done- fabric arrived
#42 (june) berry squares quilt- top done - fabric arrived
#43(June)neighbor gave me orange and green quilt top- fabric arrived
#44 (june) - circle in a star purple batik- black fabric is here
#45 (June) - Hidden forest- applique- black fabric is here, still missing batik bundle
#46(June) fabric balls - finished 7!
#47(june) pin cushion swap - ready to mail out July

Oh! I forgot that I'm part of the RED,WHITE and BLUE block, blog hop coming up soon
click on the logo to see the schedule.
I'm doing the 9th!

and I found this on FB a while ago.
That's MY life right now :-)



Anonymous said...

you are so talented! Love all of your work, and ADORE that lorax ball!! I want one now, darn it!! x

Quiltingranny said...

I like to chose a complimentary color for my binding...many times I pick fabric from the quilt that I used but minimally. Sometimes I blend it like the Bargello quilt so it doesn't distract! Very pretty!

Connie said...

Beautiful work Bea, I never know for sure what I am going to do for the binding until I get to that step......well, I guess sometimes I do but it can all change.

quilt happy said...

that quilt is pretty and i love those balls

Carol said...

FABULOUS quilt wall! That's a wonderful display.

Michele said...

It always depends on what the top and borders look like and what I want to acheive in the end with the binding. I have no set rules, I just go with what comes to me at that moment.