Bound To Finish

Recuperation is great for mindless sewing tasks such as sewing on quilt bindings. I actually got two largish quilts done since my surgery – Damask and Denim and Trip Around Columbus. It helped that the bindings were already made, so I just had to machine, then hand stitch them.

I quilted most of Damask and Denim (44 by 55 inches) with a golden yellow cotton thread, though I used a pale blue in the diamond interiors. The binding is a soft gray small print.

Trip Around Columbus was made from an Art Gallery pattern, and features many fabrics I made in a painted dye workshop. I had it quilted by a longarm quilter as the size (55 inches square) was just too large for me to deal with, especially after Damask and Denim. It’s bound with what I think is home dec fabric that was given to me. I also used some of it as part of the backing.

You can see how it crinkled up after washing and drying. I used a bamboo batting.

I have heaved a sigh of relief that these large projects are done, though they are no longer my excuses for postponing a piece that will require a lot of thinking and planning. It’s to be a map quilt of the Ohio and Erie Canal near my house. I’ve found archival photos that I hope to print on fabric. Right now I’m worrying over how best to do that, and have ordered supplies for different approaches – transfer printing and direct printing on fabric. I’m even considering a new printer, though I spent yesterday agonizing over reviews of various options. Some reviewers have had horrible experiences, which I’d prefer to avoid. If you have any recommendations, let me know.


Filed under Completed Projects, Fabric Printing

10 responses to “Bound To Finish

  1. Sewing binding is perfect work when you can’t tackle other jobs–fairly easy and mindless yet with that enormous jolt of satisfaction from finishing!

  2. As far as printer reviews — I have had 3 Canon printers and I really don’t like them — they make you go through a whole menu whenever they sense you have changed the paper type, the printed paper falls off the ledge it’s supposed to end up on, they take 6 cartridges which are hard to get to, and if one is out,you can’t print with only the remaining ones. Very touchy as to how thick of paper it will let through. Cloth ironed to freezer paper tends to just crumple and jam the printer, and then good luck trying to access it to pull it out.
    Then why have I had 3, I hear you asking? My husband buys them for work, doesn’t like them, gives them to me when they are still new. He buys a new one, I get overwhelmed by the research of seeing what kind of printer would work for me so I stick to what I have but fuss at every print job.

  3. It is great that you were able to finish these two projects and they turned out nice. Trip Around Columbus is a clever way to use and frame your fabrics. How was it to hand sew the home decor fabric?
    Recently I have been printing on our black ink only laser printer, scanned from Photoshop, printing on both white and hand painted fabric (ironed to freezer paper) and then painting or using wax pastel (and embroidery) on top of it; getting some fun results. Printer size has limitations, of course. An old photo may be neat to print and then colorize giving a vintage look. I look forward to what you come up with. It sounds like an interesting project.

    • I’m in the market for an inkjet printer because the materials I bought to print on fabric are for that type of printer. I plan to use vintage photos that are B&W and often of poor quality, simply because they are the only ones available for the time period I’m featuring. Love the sound of what you’re doing with with B&W photos. Hand sewing the home dec fabric wasn’t bad, like sewing thick quilting cotton.

  4. I am so happy to hear that your recovery is going so well. Missed you at group and love what you have been doing.

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