Quilting Finished–Binding?

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Now what to use for the binding!  I worked 3 – 40 minute segments yesterday and got the quilting on Scrappy Stars finished!  I’m really not sure what color I will use for the binding though, dark blue to match the back well not look good on the front – aqua binding would look good on the front by not necessarily on the back – I think there will be some auditioning going on of fabric today.  I actually think I might go with scrap pieces and mix in some of the dark blue and the aqua.

Here is the quilt just tossed on the floor.


Part of the back.  Linking to Tweety Loves Quilting today.


One square up close.


A little hand work done on the hexie in between quilting sessions and work outside.  Back to a couple cooler days this weekend outside, not sure if I will be working outside or inside – Mike has been battling a head cold so no work on the sewing room this weekend I think unless he all of a sudden feels better.


Craftsy is having a supply sale this weekend – through Sunday at midnight! 

Quilting Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
Sewing Fabric and Kits: Up to 60% off
Knitting Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
Crochet Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
Cake Decorating Supplies: Up to 40% off

Have you seen this fabric brand on Craftsy called Colonial Manor?  Old time prints from the Colonial Days.  Kind of pretty and only $4.95 a yard right now.  I like the first red in the stack of reds shown in this photo.   I’m still trying to decide what I should get – so many choices!


The Boundless Solids are on sale for $4.40 a yard.  This fabric is very much like Bella Solids and Kona Cotton.


Such low prices! surely I should get some of these solids for backgrounds, but which color (?)  Decisions, Decisions!! I can see what I will be doing this weekend – looking at fabric LOL

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30 comments… add one
  • Gretchen Feb 25, 2017

    I normally choose a binding by what looks the nicest on the front. The back is the back, no one looks at it very often. Your quilt looks lovely!
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    • Karen Feb 25, 2017

      I guess I always want it to look good on both sides but the front of course is first choice

  • Marianne Feb 25, 2017

    The quilt looks great! How about a white binding?

    I have some Boundless solids, including a yard of the cream, and really like the feel. It’s a little lighter than Kona which I find too stiff to use in most things and heavier than the American Made Brand. The range of solid colors is nice, too.

    • Karen Feb 25, 2017

      I haven’t used the American Made Brand, so far I have liked the Boundless brand and I have several colors of it – I don’t think I would care for white binding though on this quilt.

  • Teri Dingler Feb 25, 2017

    That close up of that star with that pretty light green or Granny Smith apple green sure would make colors pop as a binding and would look good next to the background! So would a yellow I feel you had enough of a solid to bind with! But whatever you do is always a beautiful choice! This is one of my favorites!!
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    • Karen Feb 25, 2017

      thanks Teri – I used up almost all of my aqua scraps in this quilt. I have two colors left still that I had a bit of yardage in. The one you pointed out though only had a little bit of scraps that were used up. I might just do a mixture of colors.

  • Kathi Feb 25, 2017

    Looking forward to seeing your binding decisions… I like to have fun with binding and I also like it complement front and back as you do… . you sure machine quilted this big quilt fast though! I can’t move on machine quilting that fast! lol
    I love your hexies… almost half done with the toddler quilt I am hand quilting.
    Have a wonderful weekend playing in your leftovers and auditioning them for binding! Kathi
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    • Karen Feb 25, 2017

      I do not know if I move fast with straight lines or if it is because of my machine – I think it is the machine – the Juki is an industrial strength machine and it moves fast. Even with the walking foot and on the lowest setting it moves fast – it doesn’t chug slowly through. And seeing as these are straight lines it zips on through. I periodically check my bobbin so it doesn’t run out in the middle of a line which slows you down with starting and stopping having to pull the thread up and bury threads

  • maxine lesline Feb 25, 2017

    I want a yard of each of these Boundless fabrics !….. just to stack and look at … as many people do with their quilts. A binding of different colors and fabrics is usually attractive… more patchy stuff. I see one of Craftsy’s online classes is by Sarah Fielke.. and it is only $20……she turns out a bunch of interesting stuff with scrappy patchy pieces.

    • Karen Feb 25, 2017

      I have been looking at the boundless solids too – I really need some solids for backgrounds – now to decide which colors LOL – I have plenty of white I think but now and then nice to work with another color. the last class I got was for the food processor – I need to check on the classes again for quilting and really need to start watching some that I have that I have not watched still!

  • Isabella Feb 25, 2017

    The quilt came out beautiful.
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    • Karen Feb 25, 2017

      thanks Bella! I think it will be scrappy binding to go with the patchwork – surely I can find some in the stash to work out and include the blue from the back and the aqua from the front

      • Isabella Feb 25, 2017

        A scrappy border would be perfect. This looks like the type of quilt that is made for snuggling beneath. Job well done!
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        • Karen Feb 25, 2017

          thanks – I’m thinking scrappy binding also

  • Dottie bishaw Feb 25, 2017

    I think the scrappy binding would be good, maybe even a black print to frame it nd it would look good on both sides. The quilt just sparkles and the quilting you did is wonderful!

    • Karen Feb 25, 2017

      thanks Dottie – not sure if I have a suitable black print but will audition with the rest

  • Becky T Feb 25, 2017

    Why don’t you just go wild and crazy and use a white or off white for the binding?

    • Karen Feb 25, 2017

      I’m not a fan of white binding unless it is a mainly white quilt 🙂

  • Sandra B Feb 25, 2017

    Looking forward to what you decide for the binding, Karen…. You always make great selections, so I know whatever you do for this one will be great…sometimes I have a harder time deciding on a binding than for picking all the fabrics for a quilt! Crazy, huh!
    We are continuing with strange weather here in Virginia…as I am writing this, we are in the middle of a thunderstorm! in February! This weather system is supposed to bring us cooler temperatures, but still above our normal …. I was out this morning running errands and saw a number of Bradford pear trees in bloom…so pretty, but not a usual sight for February…

  • Karen Feb 25, 2017

    The Bradford pear trees are blossoming here too and last night it got down to 28° And tonight supposed be about the same then back to warming up again I have a feeling some of the plants we’ll be damaged depending on how long the temps are below 30 degrees – it just got warm too early in the season!!

  • Astrid Feb 25, 2017

    Love your scrappy quilt! To choose a fabric for binding can be a pain. What about a scrappy binding? Or plain red, blue, green or yellow? Can’t wait to see what you choose.
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    • Karen Feb 25, 2017

      yes I have decided to make the binding scrappy! I do like that kind also!

  • Alida Feb 25, 2017

    Fantastic quilt! I would go with a scrappy binding, probably teal/aqua or similar. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Karen Feb 25, 2017

      yes that is what I am thinking – I will include some of the last aqua I have and various other colors

  • JanineMarie Feb 26, 2017

    Have fun auditioning bindings. I love scrappy ones, but I’m picky–I don’t usually like a binding fabric to touch the very same fabric on the front. I don’t pay a lot of attention to how it looks with the back .
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    • Karen Feb 27, 2017

      I’m not as picky as you I don’t mind using the same fabric that is on the front or the back when doing scrappy because there are so many different colors being used

  • Thimbleanna Feb 27, 2017

    Yay — the quilting is done and it looks great – what a big job!!!
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    • Karen Feb 27, 2017

      thanks, now to hand stitch the binding.

  • Vicki Feb 28, 2017

    You made Scrappy Stars a fun, fast and no stress project. It looks great!

    • Karen Feb 28, 2017

      yes the blocks did go quickly – I hate a quilt top that stresses you out!

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