This is what I'm doing today. This morning I finished hand quilting Kathleen Tracy's Small Quilt of the Month for February.
I used a variety of red, whites and blues, mostly Civil War reproduction prints. But if you look closely, you will see some Debbie Mumm with a little quilt motif in the setting triangles-it works for me!
I quilted in the ditch and around all the little pieces. After I took this picture, I noticed a tiny seam that I missed...will quilt that later. I love the backing fabric...this quilt could walk into a room backwards and I would still love it!
I cut my binding strips out of a rusty red, choosing to cut them pretty tiny at 1 1/4"...I much prefer this size for my narrow bindings.
It's such a small quilt, "17 x 20", that it takes no time at all to attach the binding. The bestest thing is that I have a new throat plate on my sewing machine that is for straight stitching and it has changed my life. No need to hold the threads when I start a seam, no little fabric pieces jamming, everything purrs...
I love these little clips...they hold everything in place for me on the back....
and keeps the binding nice and tidy on the front.
When I attach the binding on a small quilt, I also attach a sleeve. I never know if the small quilt will be on a table, used for a doll's cradle, or hanging on a wall, but putting a sleeve on before I attach the binding is such an easy step. I cut the fabric strip 4 1/2", fold it in half, press it, and attach it to the top back of the quilt. See the pins? I'll hand sew this later.
Thanks for dropping by. It's a great day for quilting!