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Last stitches

… at least on this quilt. I am doing the final stitches—after approximately 15,311 in a light blue thread.

For binding the quilt, the tan texture comes in again. Since the quilt is on each side longer than one width of fabric, I have to sew two strips of fabric together to get one long piece of binding. In order to avoid a spectacular appearance of this one seam by having thick 8 layers of fabric when binding the quilt, I do not sew it as a straight seam perpendicular to the long side. Here is how I always join pieces of binding together:

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

I lay the two fabric strips right sides together as shown in the picture. Then I draw a diagonal on which I sew. After sewing, I trim the excess fabric away as shown in the next picture.

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

I press the seam open and voila: one long binding strip. You can wrap it around the edges of the quilt but the seam never meets and thus never shows off.

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

Now that all work is done, I am finally able to present you my newest quilt: Seaside Cotillion

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann


© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

Seaside Cotillion was designed by Nancy Rink. Pattern from McCall’s Quilting. The fabric I used is from the Cotillion and Cotillion Yarn Dyes collections by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics®.

Thank you, Nancy, for this great design!

© 2010 by Heike Scharmann

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