This is my third finish for the second quarter of the 2015 Finish Along. For my Q2 list, click here.
Wanda Hansen's plus quilt tutorial for making the pluses. It's interesting because most patterns I had seen use five square pieces to make a plus, but Wanda demonstrates using two squares and a rectangle - less fabric and less sewing.
only on small spools) using a Schmetz Quilting needle size 75/11. The quilting lines are the width of the walking foot (3/8") apart and I'm pleased with the appearance of the lines. There is a problem however: the wadding is escaping! I'm covered in white fluff! I hope that when I've washed the runner the fabric will shrink and "seal".
Lynne's (Lily's Quilts) advice, which she posted earlier this week, to make sure to let the feed dogs move the quilt through, but pull on the binding to make it really taut. The unbound piece was quite undulating along the edges but now the binding has tamed it into submission. Usually I cut binding strips at 2" which makes a nice narrow binding, but this time I was using up the 2.5" strips so sewed the binding on at 3/8" from the edge which just happens to be the minimum distance between the needle and the right hand edge of the walking foot! The binding has never gone on so easily! Right first go; no ripping required!
Size: 44 x 14.5"
Fabric: Assorted 2.5 " batik strips from various sources
Thread: piecing: Aurifil 40 2324; quilting: Aurifil 50 2615
Binding: leftovers of the 2.5" strips used in the top.
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