Stitch Along Sunday - July finished
This is the last Sunday in July. You should now have a completed challenge piece. I finished mine a little later than expected. Sometimes I just do not know where the time disappears to!
Here is my challenge piece which I've called "Rising Again". I named it this because of the photo and Christchurch is beginning to rise again after those devastating earthquakes. It will be a long slow process but it will be good to see.
I used a standard binding to bind my little quilt, but added decoration to it. I am not a fan of machined binding - I have never seen one look great yet, but then I'm pretty picky when it comes to bindings. For this reason, I did my binding a little different that for a regular quilt. I think you can get away with much more on an art quilt anyway.
I started out by doing a double binding, but stitched it to the back of the quilt instead of the front.
After it is attached, giving it a good press is always best, then I folded it to the front of the quilt and pinned it in place ready to stitch.
I selected a decorative stitch and used machine embroidery thread, but found the stitch a little too bulky for the binding so I switched to a less bulky design. (something to be aware of).
I stitched around the binding so the decorative stitch was half on and half off the binding. It was hard to keep it straight at times, especially where I went over seams and the pole ends of the flag that were stitched into the binding. But, that doesn't matter so much on an art quilt, it actually adds extra character - in my opinion anyway.
A couple of tips though. It does pay to start with a full bobbin. Mine ran out and so I never got the pattern quite right when I started over. It also pays to do a little test first to make sure the stitch is going to form correctly on the bulky binding. Next time I might just make a single binding to reduce the bulk. A raw edge binding would work too.
What are your thoughts?