Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Batik Brick Road

This quilt is so close to being completed! I've made many quilts of this design (Yellow Brick Road by Atkinson Designs) over the past 10 years and I'm so ready to have this be the last one. Love the design but I've quilted a small freeway of these quilts over the years. Time to move on.

I still have a few more open spaces to quilt, but after quilting the feather border, I  really wanted to get the binding on. I made the multi-colored batik binding about three years ago. Glad I could find it!

When joining the beginning strip to the ending strip, overlap the strips by the width of the strip (this one is 2.5"). Trim the excess binding away so there is only 2.5" of overlap. Fold the right corner over to form a 45 degree angle and finger press in a creased sewing line.

Use a chalk marker to draw along the creased line on the wrong side of the fabric. Lay right sides together, matching corners of the fabric together of both ends and pin together.

Trim the seam and press open. Press the folded binding together and sew in place.

Bring the folded edge of the binding to the back of the quilt and hand sew to the backing, using a whip stitch. Check the front of the quilt to make sure you don't poke the thread through to the front. Work your sewing needle horizontally by stitching into the batting and back out to catch the binding edge.

I'll talk more about the finishing details of this quilt as I work on them this week and I'll post some of the  free form designs featured on the fabric.

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