I am almost finished with the machine quilting on my nautical baby quilt. My friend’s daughter, who saw a nautical baby quilt, and requested the one I am making, had very little quilting on it. So I just stitched in the ditch. I would have added more quilting details, but what the client, or in this case the receiver wants, she gets.
The pattern came from my head. The squares I made were 5″ each, and the borders were 3″ each. At Pins and Needles on Friday, I auditioned a few fabrics for the binding.
This red fabric was the clear winner.
It made all the blues and yellows really pop. I generally pull something like this from my stash, and have always had more than enough. But not this time. And I love the way it pops the with the backing.
I don’t want to keep showing you the same quilt, until it is finished, so these partial photos will have to do. There is a little surprise I’m planning for the back. Stay tuned.
Lisa gave me a formula for figuring out how much yardage is needed for the binding, which I am happy to share. The given is that I prefer to use 2.5″ width strips to make bindings.
1. Add the measurements of all four sides of the perimeter. In this case it was 55 + 45 + 55 + 45 = 200.
2. Add an extra 20″, which now makes the total 220″.
3. Divide the total inches by the WOF, width of fabric. In this case 45″.
4. 220″ divided by 45″ = 4.88″.
5. It’s a good idea to always round up. So you would be cutting 5, 2.5″ strips for the binding.
Next post will be a book review of a wonderful, new machine quilting book that will go on sale at the beginning of September. I can’t wait to share this review with you. And the author and I are excited to offer a digital give-a-way!!
Linking up with http://latenightquilter.com/category/tips-and-tutorials-tuesday/ and http://www.freshlypieced.com/2015/08/wip-wednesday-refreshed.html