I've finished piecing my American Patchwork & Quilting quilt along quilt! And I think I've found the perfect backing, too! After auditioning all of the available backing fabrics in my backing "stash" I decided on this Scrumptious floral by Bonnie & Camille. It just seemed to echo the vintage feel of my quilt. I had been planning on a red binding, but now I'm not so sure. I'm almost thinking a blue binding might be best now.
Even though the blocks are large, I just didn't realize what a nice-sized quilt this was going to be until I started to lay out the blocks on my living room floor. I literally had to move some furniture to get all of the parts and pieces organized. I moved some of the blocks and sashings here and there--trying to get a good mix and make sure things were well-spaced. I alternated red and orange center blocks and then tried to make sure the yellow, blue, and green rings were pretty much evenly dispersed throughout the quilt. I also tried to make sure the blocks that read as more "bold" were spread throughout the quilt.
In the end, though...I just couldn't think about it too much...or I might have been there forever making decisions. Once I started sewing, putting it all together went pretty fast. This was definitely another one of those quilts that was hard to finish because I've had so much fun putting it all together.
After my quilt center was pieced I did a 1/8" stay-stitch around the entire quilt. I do this when there are a lot of pieced blocks in the border of the quilt; this simple straight stitch keeps the borders from stretching and keeps the edges of pieced blocks secure. I didn't want any of the 9-patch sections around the edges to come apart.
It's going to be quilted soon...I absolutely can't wait to get this one back! Oh...and I sent off another quilt to be quilted, too...it's an oldie but a goodie!
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