Just to recap - this quilt was made using a Dutch reproduction pattern called "Simon" in one of my favourite quilt books - the Quiltmania book 'Promenade in a Dutch Garden'. The colours and the combination of chintz and little prints really appealed to me. The quilt was started in September 2013, pieced using the EPP method as well as some needleturn applique, and it measures about 60" by 72" ( 1.5m by 1.8m). The colours are truer in the photos below - daylight helps!
|The backing fabric is aged muslin
I quilted on my domestic machine - largely walking stitch in the ditch between every triangle. That might sound a lot of work but it was pretty straight forward - going in rows horizontally, vertically and then diagonally. I also free motion quilted around all the applique pieces and inside the outer border diamonds. For my liking that was enough quilting - and on this quilt it is all about the fabric and colours rather than the quilting.
|Note the 'invisible binding' - more on that in a mo...
|Quilting around the applique added lots of dimension
I mentioned on an earlier post that I would try binding in the traditional Dutch way - as described in the book. The instructions for this were brief but pretty clear. Unfortunately they didn't include illustrations of the process - so I am hoping that I got it right. If anyone knows better please let me know! Anyway, this is what I did...
After quilting I trimmed the quilt edges.
Here is the front - see - no binding visible!
Then I cut four strips 1 1/2" wide of backing fabric, cut on the straight grain. Two of these measured the same length as the sides of the quilt top. The other two were the same length as the top and bottom of the quilt plus 1/2" (seam allowance to tuck). The strips get sewn on individually (I did that by machine) and then all layers turned entirely to the back. Make any sense?
Here is the back - in the process of hand hemming the last binding strip to the back. The corners are tricky - bit bulky to manage - but it makes such a firm straight edging - I do love the finish and how it hangs.
I found a spot at home for the quilt - seems to go nicely with the old walnut table.