Friday, November 22, 2013

The King Size quilt is finished…finally

I finally sewed the last thread on the king size quilt I have been making for our bed for the past year.  I learned a few things in the process.

1.  I had Terri, the long-arm quilter leave the excess fabric on the blanket.  Then, per something I read on line, I trimmed the outer edge down to one inch from the fabric edge.  I sewed the binding on, putting raw edge to the line Terri sewed around the perimeter of the finished quilt.  I measured out ⅜ inch from the line I sewed and trimmed the edge back to that.


2.  Using water soluble glue, I glued the binding down on the back side, ironing it to set the glue. Glueing it down meant that I did not have to deal with pins as I tried to sew the binding in place.  The first time the quilt is washed will remove the glue from the quilt.

3.  Since my hand stitching has much to be desired, I used a decorative stitch to sew the binding down permanently.

It is now on the bed!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Neverending Tale

I get nervous sending my quilts to Terri to do; not because of her, but because of the transportation to and from her. Last time I used UPS. I learned a valuable lesson of truly checking to verify the clerk has the right address on the box. It was incorrect, and luckily Terei went to the UPS office at her end after the first wrong address delivery and picked it up. This time, I used the mail system. She received it within two days. When she sent it back, it went from Vancouver to Portland, and then just disappeared. Four days later, it was checked in in San Francisco.  It took about a day to get to South Seattle and less than a day to be hand delivered to my door. I was going to ask if someone put it in their car and just drove it up here, but I have it and feel wonderful to have it.

I need to trim the edges and sew the binding on to finish it up. This will be the first quilt I have completed and plan on keeping for myself.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sewing for present on current project done..

Tomorrow, I send off the quilt top to be quilted.  

Here is the top.

This will be the backing and the binding.