For the last three months, my quilt has been sitting and waiting at the long-arm lady's to be quilted (machine quilting is not in my repertoire), and I was excited to finally go and pick it up a few days ago. My first reaction was "I can't believe how light and airy it is....", which is because of the fabric itself and also the silk batting I chose (why stop $plurging at that point!?!?).
When I picked up my quilt, Sue had trimmed away the excess batting and backing about 1/4" from the edge of the quilt top. I was curious about whether or not I should do further trimming before I attached my binding, and she recommended that I did not - the excess will help fill and firm the edge. I was a bit skeptical at first, but decided to heed her advice. I lined up the edge of my binding (2 1/2", folded in half) with the edge of the quilt top and pinned in place. When I started sewing, I initially used a 1/4" seam allowance. After I sewed several inches, I removed the pins and wrapped the binding around to the backside. What I discovered was that the edge wasn't quite as full as I was expecting – or desiring. So I quickly switched feet on my machine and changed the seam allowance to be a bit more generous, and re-sewed the same section over again. A quick flip later, I was much happier with the results.
Because I know that this is something I will be doing infrequently (and thus easily forgetting), I took a quick picture to remind myself of what I did – and which foot I used for the job. And, posting it here on the blog just means that I will be able to find it more easily in the future! :-)
I've hand-sewn about 2/3 of the binding onto the backside of the quilt so far.....and when I am finished, I will take some proper snaps to share. I can already say that the promises of silk being as warm as down appear to be true – having the quilt on my lap while I was stitching quickly had me turning on the A/C! ;-)
*I don't know what it is about Victoria Day weekend, but just realized that this is also the weekend I started working on Jumbo three years ago.....!?!?!