Before I get started talking about my “art quilts,” I think I have been a bit of a slacker when it comes to sharing process details/decision points. I meant to share a few photos from the circle quilt regarding choosing a (hopefully) perfect binding. This used to seem like such a non-issue to me but on a borderless quilt, the importance becomes more obvious. Here are the first two fabrics I considered.
The one on the left was my first choice because I like it better (it has circles on it) and it blended better with my backing. But the print did not run true with the grain so it would have twisted around the quilt. I have had a judge’s comment about this very thing being distracting so I will never forget that binding tip. The fabric on the right seemed too light. So I pulled out my third and last choice and cut the strips. I was amazed throughout the whole process of hem stitching–how perfect it seemed. There is a subtle peachy tint to the predominant yellow and it is a soft ending to this borderless quilt. I think I mostly got lucky on this one.
Next post begins the 12 x 12 saga. Please don’t expect greatness. It is a long stretch from traditional piecer to art quilter and I am still very much at the beginning of this journey.