I've been working on binding my FMF quilt off and on this week. Is it weird that I am not in a hurry to finish it? I am taking my time because as much as I'd like to have it completed and on my bed, I will be a little sad to have it finished. Odd? Maybe. But you know, I'm also like that when I read a really great book, a series especially. I really want to finish them, but I am always sad to actually have them completely read. Seriously, I'm not the only one like that, am I?
So anyways, back to my Flea Market Fancy quilt. I had originally planned to use a stripey aqua and white fabric, but once I put it with the quilt, it looked too busy to me. I decided not to put any borders around the quilt, and it is already huge (over 100" each direction) and I did not want it any bigger. I switched it out for an aqua Kona solid, and I love it. It is the exact shade of blue as the blue posies background, and it looks so nice butted up against every color in the quilt. It is also perfect next to the backing, which is a beautiful flat sheet in the same shade of green as the seeds fabric.
I don't always do this with each quilt, but I made myself a little binding necklace to wear around my neck which I sewed it onto the quilt. Being such a large quilt with 400+ inches of binding, I really did not want it to get tangled up. So I rolled the fabric up nicely, stuck a leftover piece of yarn through the middle, tied it up, and threw it around my neck.
Yes, it worked perfectly, and the binding unrolled as I needed it. Does anyone else do that? It is not a novel idea at all; I read about it in a quilt magazine several years ago and also had a women recommend it in a sewing class around that same time. I know it may sound a little funny, but give it a try. Not only does it make it easy to sew on the binding, it also makes you look very attractive. ;)
I'm spending a little time every evening snuggled up on the couch in front of the woodburning stove, stitching the binding onto the back of my quilt by hand. It is as cozy as it sounds. I adore this part.
w/ love, Ang
By the way, I loved reading all of your comments and emails on my last post! What a variety of thought about work in progress's, and what you prefer. I have to say I was most surprised by how many of you stick to the "one-project-at-a-time" rule, and I really feel encouraged to get back to that. I have a couple sewing obligations that I have committed to and will be starting soon, but besides those, I am going to try very hard to get back to making just one project at a time.