Remember that wonderful mystery quilt I started last year? Using scraps from my stash, the quilt began with a snowball centre and grew and grew and grew. Quilt designer Darlene at Quilts by Darlene created this project for "Darlene's Mystery QAL" that I adored making, each and every step.
Well, the quilt arrived home last week from longarm quilter, Alice, a friend of Kaaren of The Painted Quilt. Kaaren has shown us many quilts that have been beautifully quilted by Alice, so I knew my quilt would be wonderfully quilted with her special touch. After consulting with Alice, I decided to choose an edge to edge design that I think is the perfect pattern for my quilt. She did such a great job. Thank you, Alice!
I decided to bind the quilt with the same fabric I used for the backing. I cut the strips 2.25", added them end to end as needed, pressed them in half lengthwise and attached the binding. Because the quilt is so large (about 90" x 95"), and my sewing corner is so small, I brought my sewing machine to the dining room and spread my quilt out on the table to make it a little easier. And off I went...
I attached the binding to the front of the quilt and then I folded the strip over to the back. I then sewed again on the front using the "stitch in the ditch" to sew the binding in place. In the past, I have usually sewn my binding down by hand, but am now using the sewing machine to do this in order to reduce stress on my wrist. I'm very pleased with the result. The quilt might not win any ribbons with machine sewn binding, but it sure works for me!
Too cold and windy today to hang the quilt on the line, so I took a few pics in the spare room.
A few closeups of Alice's quilting...
Thank you, Darlene, for your free QAL. I love this quilt so much and am having lots of fun peeking at all those fabrics I used from my stash, some kind of new, and a lot not so new. I think they all work well together.
Darlene has started a new blog for her new quilt shop, "A Needle Pulling Thread". She also posts pictures of her fabric, wools, notions and pattern arrivals in her shop through her Facebook page. She is only a phone call or an email away if you want to place an order. Ask me how I know...
If you want to read more about my making of Darlene's Mystery quilt and see more pics of the process, just enter the words "Darlene's Mystery" in the search bar on my sidebar.
It's a great day for quilting!