Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Double Hourglass Quilt….Finished!

My quilt holder has feet! Winking smile

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New Years day I decided that I needed to make a decision about what I wanted to do to finish my Double Hourglass quilt top. I had earlier, put on a thin brown border.  I wasn’t quite happy with just the narrow border, but I didn’t know what I wanted to add to it, so it has been sitting. I auditioned a few different options and just wasn’t happy with anything so I decided to just leave it as it was. Actually, adding more borders would have made it too big for any backing I had, so it was probably a good thing I decided to leave it as it was. I need to make a mental note to make the centers of my quilts smaller if I want to add borders. I chose my backing (a vintage sheet) and loaded the quilt on the frame. (I float my quilt tops and batting).

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A few hours later, it was ready to come off the quilter and on to the next step….binding.

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I remembered that I had found this spool thingy at GW awhile back, and decided to try wrapping my binding around it to see if it made putting the binding on more manageable. I have absolutely no idea what this contraption is, but it worked great. I taped the end of the binding to it, and wound it around. Update: I found out the spool thingy is called a Ribbon Stax. The top comes off, and you slide spools of ribbon over the post, then put the top back on. When I researched it, it looked like it was sold by a scrapbooking company.

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It worked VERY WELL! Now aren’t you all jealous? Winking smile I trapped it on the table by putting a few clamps and my scrap bag around it so it could spin, but not fall off the table.

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I hand stitched the binding down on the back, and finished it after just a couple movies.

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Hmmmm…now that I have finally finished this one, it might be time to get my pink and brown pinwheel quilt I started a couple years ago out and finish working on that.

17 comments:

Becky said...

That turned out just gorgeous! I love it. If you had needed another border I think the aqua would have really made it pop! Great job!

kath001 said...

Beautiful job!

Pokey said...

It's so nice, Michelle, yep, you ought to keep going!
:-}pokey

waggonswest said...

Very nice. I like the thin border.

Regina said...

beautiful!

Renea said...

Love it!!!! The brown border really makes the quilt pop. I am soooo jealous that you have this quilt done. Thanks for the inspiration and I love the binding gizmo.

Suzan said...

Quilt looks great! I am also a huge proponent of floating batting and the quilt top. Anything to get it loaded and off the frame as quickly as possible! Question, how do you secure the bottom as you are moving to the end of the quilt? I use those skinny (and sharp!) flower pins but wondered if there was another solution.

Hazel said...

Turned out great ,you always do such great work .My top is finished hopefully I'll start hand quilting next week .I went with a wider border ,as I want to hand quilt it with a variegated thread.The pink and brown pinwheel sounds delicious ,as a teenager that was my favorite color combination .

Jeanna said...

Your quilt looks wonderful! It feels so good to get one completed, doesn't it?

Kathryn D. Duke said...

Great quilt and you must be good on your quilter too...thanks for posting!!

Designer Jules said...

I love the thin border too. Another one would have taken away from the beauty of the middle. Awesome machine, jealous!!

Kristie said...

I really like how that turned out. Great job!

Have a wonderful and Blessed day
Kristie

Packrat said...

Very nice! And, a project done! Hugs

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

How pretty! What a great way to start off the year, with a finish!

lil red hen said...

So pretty! I'm new to your blog and was wondering, what kind of machine do you use when quilting?

Connie said...

Beautiful quilt Michelle and I didn't know you had a long arm or a quilt frame???? That contraption for the binding sounds like it really worked great!

Val said...

Love Love Love it!!! Seeing it on the blog is better than on facebook. I like the live action shots! And I love the got it done in a couple of movies!

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