Last night I finished my vintage sheet quilt. You remember, the one I wanted to finish last summer. The one that has been quilted and has had naked edges for months... that's the one. I suddenly got the urge to finish her. And I'm so glad I did. She's brought some sunshine to the gray days of my Oregon winter...
And has made me think of "The new Jan Brady" and her fake boyfriend George Glass.
Before the unveiling I'd like to share a quick binding tip with you. I love a nice hunky binding. Empty feeling binding makes me sad. When it's time to trim the backing and batting off of my quilt after quilting, I don't trim it completely flush with the quilt top. I leave about 1/4" of the backing and batting beyond the quilt top. Then I sew the binding on like normal.
This way, when I fold the binding to the back to hand stitch, the top edge of the extra batting and backing fold over on the inside creating a fuller feel to the binding. A quilting lady showed this to me when I first started quilting years ago. I love this tip!
I love hand stitching binding.
The finished quilt. All washed and dried, ready for snuggling. I think I'll name her Jan. Since I was a middle child and all.
I love how the big blocks really show off the prints. I cut the squares at 10 1/2", and set them 7 across and 7 down. I search thrift stores for vintage sheets, but haven't had great luck. I had much better luck searching on Etsy, where I purchased fat quarter sets. I've also seen lots of great old sheets on Ebay. Vintage sheet hunting is fun!
I hope you have a blessed week. Please remember to keep the devastated Haitian people in your prayers. I know we are all heart sick and wish we could do more to help. I know there are many great organizations that we can give through. We sponsor a child through Compassion International and love that organization. Donating on their website is very quick and easy, and our donations are sure to help many children and their families.
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