Using the light box to re-draw the border design worked ok, but it's not as straight as before. This one was a lot easier to sew but just as I was getting the hang of it, I ran out of border - this is just a small crib size quilt.
I managed to stay within the lines a bit better than before but I'm getting little jerks each time I stop to re-position my hands. I can't seem to co-ordinate my foot action with my hand action yet. More practice required!
You can see a little jerk on top of the heart shape on the left
There it is again - top left
I was just getting the hang of it when I ran out of quilt!
Next it needed trimming so I could make the binding. If you don't look too closely, it came up ok, despite the dramas :)
I really like Harriet's method of making the borders bigger, then trimming them back. The quilt measured up exactly to size.
I actually wanted to use the blue again for the binding, but didn't have enough fabric left. Instead I chose a yellow print from the same Circus collection. This turned out to be a mistake, as it's another busy print and doesn't really improve the quilt at all - the blue would have been much better.
I am proud to say that I did all the binding without having to refer back to the book. This is a bit of a milestone for me - retention of information not being one of my strong points.
Using Harriet's trick, I didn't cut the strips on the bias, but just used off-grain fabric. It was still pretty stretchy even so, and should be plenty strong enough. My calculations told me I needed 4.3 strips to make the binding. I cut 4 strips thinking I could make it fit, then had second thoughts and cut another one. I hate to waste fabric, but I would also hate to run short.
The joining part had me bamboozled the first few times I did it, I kept getting the angles wrong, but now I have it sorted. I still can't quite get an exact fit, but am getting better.
I used this pressing gadget a friend made for me to press the seams open - thanks Ros, it works well!
Harriet's method for starting the binding
The corners are no problem - except I keep forgetting to take the machine off reverse!
That's the last join right there - could I have made it with just 4 strips?
That's about 1/4 inch between the first & last strips - bummer!
Nearly there - just hand sewing of the binding and into the wash