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Bound and Labeled

Evenings while mostly listening and occasionally watching a movie or a series via Netflix or Amazon Prime are perfect for sewing down bindings.

The quilts are prepped with bindings sewn on by machine, sometimes pinned while aforesaid activity and then hand stitched. Labels are prepared by using bits and pieces of the ‘top’, a strip of muslin or other light colored fabric, ironed onto a piece of freezer paper for stability, the verbage created in Word and printed with each quilt having its own piece of paper. The words are traced onto the light colored fabric and pinned to a corner of the back.

Sewing down that binding by hand is very meditative and unlike a lot of other folks, I find it to be one of the best parts of quilt-making.

A photo is taken of the finished piece, printed on that piece of paper with the label verbage, information about the size and any details I want to add about the construction or pattern used.

Some pieces are fairly small–lap-sized or ‘baby’ quilt sized—my house is chilly around the edges and a quilt over the legs is welcome.

Here are the three I just finished:

Modified 9 patch

That center fabric–a cream color with brown leaves was my mother’s. I think she made a blouse with it. I never knew how she selected the amount of fabric she bought for clothing items.

Red and Blue Modified 9 patch with sashing

I do have a photo with the back not flying up and around but more of the ones with backing twirling to the front. I added a sashing to the same modified 9-patch idea but the center squares were left-over from another project thus dictating the final size of the block.


This was one of the projects in a curved piecing class I took with Okan Arts. The process is much like garment sewing, matching up notches or markings for accurate seaming. The light blue is a piece of batik I created using a tjap from Bali on a hemp/cotton blend fabric.

As you can see, they are all bound and all I need to do now is crop the images and print them.

The background area is my shop–a hundred year old rice farmer’s home.

One Comment Post a comment
  1. Bravo! And I was rather wondering about that weathered-looking backdrop.;-)

    April 15, 2022

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