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TGIF Zig Zag Style

I have been in the zone this week! I was so pleased  with my gift-making progress that I decided to include 120 degree angles on my tumbler quilt. No, I don’t know what I was thinking either. It’s not like the dog will care about the fancy binding!So, I clipped the zig-zaggy edge (technical term) with my sewing shears and went to the trouble of making bias binding. Bias binding is pretty cool stuff once it’s all finished and neatly rolled up, but does anyone make bias binding when they don’t have to? It’s so much more work! And as far as I’m concerned, it’s impossible to convert fabric yardage to “inches of bias binding.” So I generously guesstimated and have some leftovers. Good enough!

Bias Binding for Tumbler Quilt

With my binding in hand I followed Jaybird Quilt’s tutorial, and was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to sew the binding down to the quilt top. At which point I faced an conundrum: sew the back of the binding on by hand, or use my machine? Now it’s no secret that I like a machine sewn binding, but I couldn’t find any evidence of someone using that technique on a quilt with 120 degree angles. It’s a crazy idea, right? All those angles. All that “catching” the binding on the back. I was almost deterred (hand stitching is lovely, right?), and then I remembered that this quilt is destined for a dog. D-O-G. And I don’t know about you, but my dog is NOT easy on her bedding. Dirty paws aside, dogs burrow and dig in their beds — this thing is going to be abused and washed. Often.

So, I decided to just go for it and rock out a machine sewn binding, crazy angles and all. It is a dog quilt, after all, and the canine recipient is not going to complain about a few missed stitches. I’ll be honest though… I clipped the hell out of the binding. Like I used my entire collection of 80+ Wonder Clips. And I had to carefully wiggle into the convex angles just right.

Clipping Party!

But you know what? It totally worked like a charm, and I did it without missing the binding on the back! Hoorah. Mission complete!

Finished Tumbler Quilt

The only hiccup in this quilt is the photography. The deep dark of New England winter is great for quilting, but horrible for documenting it. It’s dark by 4:00, so these photos were all taken waaay after sundown. I hope to update with some better photos soon. The one above has a certain “cozy winter night vibe” to it, but this one below? Yikes. That is just uuuuugly! No amount of photo editing is going to redeem it, either.

Finished Tumbler

Until then, linking up with Finish It Up Friday! Happy Friday everyone, and good luck with your holiday projects.

Edit: Well it won’t be winning any awards, but I managed to sneak out this morning when there was a brief break in the snow clouds. Updated photo below!

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  • lori landenburger December 6, 2013, 1:49 am

    what does one need to do to become a pooch in your household?? LOL! what a great quilt, and good for you for stretching and doing the 120’s and the sewn binding. your dog will know s/he is loved loved loved 🙂

  • jayne December 6, 2013, 11:13 am

    What a great quilt and I love the binding. Pictures are always the hardest…hard…hard!

  • Alison December 6, 2013, 11:17 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! A tumbler quilt is on my very long wish list of quilts to make.

  • Vera December 6, 2013, 11:45 am

    Oh boy, dog quilt 🙂 Great job on your binding. The whole thing looks great.

  • jessica December 6, 2013, 11:55 am

    Tumbling for your tumblers!

  • Melinda December 6, 2013, 3:21 pm

    Love your choice for binding. Looking good!

  • Kristel December 6, 2013, 7:36 pm

    Ugh, I feel you on the winter light… it’s SO HARD to get even passable photos when it’s dark so early!

    The quilt is gorgeous, though, regardless of the shots you’ve taken 😀 Your dog has a nicer quilt than I do! (The one I’m using right now was made by my mom, though, long before I was born, so it gets big ups for that, even if it’s a bit stained and falling apart.)

  • Sarah from mila+cuatro December 7, 2013, 3:31 am

    Even with the uuuuugly photography, this quilt looks fantastic – I love the binding, both the fabric and the zig-zaggy nature of it.

  • Julie December 7, 2013, 10:56 am

    Great job on the doggy quilt! Did you use a tumbler template? I recently bought one from MSQC. I always machine bind my quilts (well, I’ve only made one!)

  • Julie December 8, 2013, 9:11 pm

    I’ve been jonesing for Comma but have managed to avoid making the purchase, and you go and make one for your dog with it! Lucky dog! 🙂 I’m rationalizing NOT purchasing it because I have so dang many projects in my queue that I don’t need another one, but DANG, I love that fabric!

  • Joanie December 9, 2013, 9:09 pm

    That is one fancy and wonderful quilt for your pooch! Mine would be nesting it for sure. Great job on the binding too.

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