Friday, December 21, 2012

Nine Patch Quad Completed

Nine Patch Quad
21" x 21"
©2012 Sharon V. Rotz

With your words of encouragement from last Friday's post, I continued on free-motion machine quilting around my pods shapes.

Soon the surface was quilted and I enjoyed the moment. I'm so happy that I jumped in with this design. When I started quilting, I didn't draw out the motifs, I just let it all happen. Once I started, I was committed as removing the stitching would damage, or at least scar, the fabric.

In some open areas, I added bending lines to fill in and even the spacing between the quilting lines.

I didn't want the binding to show on the edge of the quilt, so I chose to finish the edge with a faced binding.  I had just enough fabric left to cut strips for my binding. I used the same size strips as I would if I were making a traditional binding. The strips were folded lengthwise and pressed, again as I would for a traditional binding.

Then I stitched the strips together matching the sizes needed for the quilt. I mitered the corners and ended up with a frame shaped facing. I laid this on the front of the quilt and stitched around the edge with a 1/4" seam allowance. The facing was then pressed to the back of the quilt and finished with hand stitching.


  1. Yes, the quilting turned out beautifully. It's interesting that you good such different colors in the photographs. Lovely piece.
    best, nadia

  2. Thanks for your comment and encouragement. The only reason that I can think of that the photos look so different is from the light reflecting off of the fabric as I move in for a close-up view.
    Merry Christmas to you.

  3. The way you did the facing is fascinating, I wouldn't have thought of making it up first. Well done!
    Sandy in the UK

  4. Oooh, the facing makes my fingers hurt just thinking about it! Well done!


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