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