My first two finishes of the year. Two of my placemats are now bound and waiting for the others.
These two placemats are part of a series trying out walking foot quilting techniques from Catherine Redford‘s book Modern Machine Quilting. I really enjoyed the video and I think it has definitely expanded my quilting repertoire.
I used some new binding methods. I have tried a few quilts with piped binding using a method from Ricky Tims, and it has become my go-to method, but it is pretty involved. You make the piping with (pearl cotton inside) and binding strips, sew them together, trim to the width you want (great for accuracy!), cut the piping+binding strips to the size of your quilt sides and then some, and sew each side separately, then finish the 4 corners. You get an accurate and good looking binding, but as I said, it’s rather involved. So for this set of placemats I used a fake piping using the method shared at Ellyn’s Place. Much easier! Perhaps not quite so accurate in binding width, but still quite reasonable, and far fewer steps!.
Joining the ends. I know I used to do this, but this time it was a nightmare, possibly because I did not leave enough length at the ends on the first one. I tried a different approach on each of the placemats and am not thrilled with either of them. For my next try, I am making a long enough two-tone binding to go around the entire placemat, but I will stop and start at a corner and use Ricky Tim’s method for the corners. Let’s see how that goes. I also have a plan for facing my Kaleidoscope wall hanging. That should be fun to try.
Linking up to my goal list for the 1st quarter Finish Along