I got the double wedding ring quilt top together. And, I put it on the bed. And, it was a little bit shorter than I wanted. I just wanted a little bit more around the edges.
I saw someone add a border to a DWR on Simply Quilts a long time ago, so I knew how to do it. You have to applique the edge of the quilt to a strip of fabric. So, I figured out how to cut the leftover fabric so that I'd have enough and I even planned where the seams would lie on the sides; near the center or near the end. I made my strips. And, I folded the edge of the quilt under, all the way around to give me a finished edge and I basted that. Then, I pinned the quilt to the strips and basted that. And, then I started appliqueing it down.
I tried several machines before I found the blind hem stitch that made me happy. And, now I'm going back and pulling out all that basting thread. I used Harriet Hargrave's mock hand applique technique and even used invisible thread to do it. And, even though I tried multiple ways to do something different, what she recommended was perfect.
Later, I'll come along and scallop that edge because you really need a scalloped edge for a DWR, right? I mean, that's like part of the charm.
I've also been quilting on the star quilt.
First, I drew the shape I wanted and pinned it to four layers of tissue paper.
Then, I used the sewing machine without any thread in it and I needle punched the lines into the tissue paper.
Now, don't laugh, but I put that shape in and realized it wasn't right, so I pulled it out and drew something else.
I cut the pieces of tissue to fit the shape and then I used the needle holes as a guide and quilted the shape into the quilt.
Pull the paper and whamo-blamo, you have beautiful quilting.
I put the quilt aside. Told Rob I don't know what to do next. He said, "quilts not talking to you?" And, I said, "no, just the opposite. It's screaming at me...stop quilting me!" Really, the ditch work is all this quilt needs and I'm just adding quilting to impress a show judge.
And, that's not the right reason to quilt.
Pride cometh before a fall...