04 March 2008
More Fun with Dick and Jane
Some of you may remember the quilt I was making for Henry. Well, I finished it a few days ago. I made the startling discovery that if when you sew the binding down you sew all three layers (top, batting, and back of quilt) together, when you fold over your binding strip, it sews down way easier than if you sew the binding strip only to the top of the quilt. (Notice neat corner in picture # 4.) Duh. Hello. Is anybody there? Apparently I'm not. I can't believe I didn't catch that from the online tutorial I used when I first figured out how to bind "for reals." I looked at the tutorial again today, and this info is totally there. It's just such a basic thing that she didn't explicitly mention it, though the pictures demonstrate it correctly. She just doesn't realize the kind of obtuseness she is dealing with in her audience (aka me.) Do you realize how much embarrassment this knowledge could have saved me in the quilts I have given away? I am no stranger to humble pie, but that doesn't mean I have to like the taste of it.
Anyhow, I thought the binding fabric was so cute that I had to post more pictures. I did the back out of scraps, ala Blanche Young, and I am very pleased with the H for Henry. He better not turn out to be an Etta.