This has been a rare occurrence of late. Every time I think I have gotten on top of things and will spending more time quilting (and blogging), it seems I find myself quickly overwhelmed, without either the time or the energy to pick up my quilting. This morning I woke up with my work under control and a burning desire to get some quilting done. I decided to see if I could bind my ill-fated scrap quilt from last summer. And here she is!
This quilt was quite a problem child. I thought the strip design would be a fun and mindless way to use up fabrics I no longer adore, but when I started putting together the strip panels, I hated it. I used my remaining scraps to make half square triangle strip blocks, which fit my sensibilities much more, but I didn’t have enough scraps left for a full top. Then when I started quilting, I discovered wonkiness that wouldn’t quilt out, had tension nightmares, and quilted excess batting into the quilt more than once!. After I finished the quilting, I folded the quilt up and set it aside thinking I might never pick it up again.
Luckily when it came to binding, the Problem Child was reasonably cooperative. I had decided some time ago to use scraps from the strip quilt side of this quilt for the binding, so it didn’t take long to get the binding strips sewn together and pressed. I like the look of the scrap binding but the seams created a lot of bulk. Naturally some of the corners ended up with multiple seams, making mitering problematic. If I were to use scraps like that for the binding again, I think I would skip mitering！
I used a blanket stitch with some variegated thread I had sitting around for the lightning rails side, and a light grey for the back. Here are some pictures of the effort,and some of the free motion quilting as well.
I plan to give this quilt to a friend who admired it when it was still in process. Hopefully she still likes it!
Sharing this at Finished or Not Friday and at Sarah @ Confessions of Fabric Addict’s Can I Get A Whoop Whoop Linky Party. Sarah’s doing some wonderful star quilts this year and is a great place for ideas. I also plan on linking up to Oh Scrap once it opens since this is one of my few scrap quilts!
One more linkup! Paula shared that there is a Chinese Coins challenge going on. Sharing that there as well! It will be fun to see what everyone has done.