I put the final stitches in the binding Saturday night!! Woo-Hoo!
I wish I would have made the stitching a little closer on the cheddar squares. Bea did hers like the original and I like it a lot. I can still add stitches if I really feel the need. My diagonal stitches are down each row which turns out to be about 3/4" apart.
This block is really washed out from the flash, but I wanted to show you a bit of close up. My stitches are humble and so are my seams. Does it really detract from the whole quilt? I don't think so. So, don't worry if it's not perfect. I noticed how "off" it was while hand quilting. Mine are not, and will not ever be perfect. But I love the quilts just the same.
My hand quilting did improve by the end of the quilt. Give it a try you may like it!
I know you all have your own way of doing things and that is what is great about quilting. There are several ways to achieve the same end. But I wanted to throw in my 2 cents on binding doll quilts.
A lot of times I fold over the backing and hand sew it to the front. These quilts will not be tugged and pulled or fought over and the binding does not have to withstand bed use and lots of washing. So, pull the backing out of the way, trim your batting, then trim the backing to make your binding.
I didn't happen to have enough backing to pull around, so the second best is a single binding. Again, it doesn't have to withstand any abuse. I cut my strip 1 1/2" wide. I wish I would have cut it 1 1/4" because I had thin batting. (as a side note, I only had Hobbs 80/20 and was thicker then I wanted it to be so I took off a layer! I love it!) So I cut my binding the length I need, then press 1/4". If I press before sewing it on then I don't have to fold it under as I'm handsewing.
Would everyone else like to see the other Cheddar Cheese and Crackers quilts? I thought about adding a linky thing here the first week of February so you can post the link to YOUR CC&C quilt. Good idea?
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