The next few days were spent stitching in bed with the computer playing the TV while my husband recuperated on the couch. I finished the collage project and started another. I finished another embroidery project and the first stage of another. I also started another fabric collage project. During the same time I decided it was time to bind two quilts that have been sitting for years. One was very small--a wall hanging that I hand-quilted. It was to be the second in a series that I now have to decide if I really want to continue.
The other quilt that needed to be bound was 64 inches square. Getting reacquainted with binding a quilt on the small quilt was a good idea. It gave me the confidence to go to the bigger one. I sewed the binding to the small quilt by machine and hand stitched it down in the back.
The bigger quilt top
I made the decision to sew the binding on and stitch it down by machine for the bigger quilt. I just did not feel like spending days hand-sewing and thought since the big quilt was going to be used rather than just hung on the wall, machine stitching would be stronger. Big mistake! I don't do well machine stitching the binding down--it is crooked and I "missed" catching the edge and had to re-sew that part. I did not rip out the original stitches because I have ripped a quilt doing that. I am a little disappointed with the outcome, but I can live with this as there are other "learning opportunities" in that quilt as well. I started this quilt in May 2011 when my friend and I took a strip quilting class together. It took a while to finish the top as I got tired of strip quilting and had to figure out a way to make it larger. It sat for a while. I decided to make it my first hand-quilting project and used #8 perle cotton, breaking many needles and ruined at least one leather thimble in the process. Then it sat for a couple of years until today, when I finally finished it. Four and one half years from start to finish. This is the first quilt I made for my husband and I.
The first thing I did when I snipped the last thread was wrap myself in it. I am so happy!
I still have four more days of vacation maybe I will get the throw pillows done and finish a couple of other projects that I have hanging around.
Baci e abbracci...