Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Finish – Nine Patch Surprise

Last night I put the last stitch in the binding of my Nine Patch Surprise. 

Here’s the “cover” shot.  (You should be able to click on each of the pictures to get a closer look.)


And a shot of it spread out on the floor so you can see it a little better.

IMG_1656No one has ever accused me of being a great machine quilter, but with the help of my “ancient”, “really old” Handiquilter and my Brother PQ 1500, here’s a close up of the quilting. 


I’m really fortunate to live by M & L Fabrics in Anaheim, CA.  They have many high quality fabrics at $2.98 and $3.98 per yard.  This is what I picked for the back.  It’s a Robert Kaufman and I think it’s perfect for this quilt.  Tortilla chips, one of my basic food groups. 


Notice anything interesting about the binding?  Yes, it’s a wonderful stripe cut on the bias, but what else?  Keep in mind I have cut bias binding many, many times in the past and I really do know how to do it, but for some reason my brain was not functioning properly when I cut this.  I ended up with half the stripes angling to the right and half the stripes angling to the left.  What to do?  I had more fabric but did I really want to cut more of it?  HECK NO, just go with the flow.  I just marched along to my own little tune, sewing right, left, right, left, not paying any attention to how long each of the strips were.  You know what?  I love it!  Next time I might even try to do it this way.  smile_regular





  1. It looked great Robin. You are going to love having this one.

  2. Very Cute. Lovely design, fabrics & colors.


  3. That's a new one for binding strips - looks great with them going every which way. I have cut them wrong occasionally but never used them that way.

  4. YOur quilt turned out wonderfully, just love it!

  5. those little strips just make this quilt. otherwise it's just a lovely quilt. Now it sings (opera) maybe.

  6. It's marvellous!
    The binding gives it something special on the edge!

  7. I love that quilt its awesome, you are so lucky with the fabric ours is 30-33.00 a metre over here OMG

  8. OK - it's just so cute and love the backing

  9. I'm so glad I don't live near M&L Fabrics....I'd never be home long enough to Do they have a website Robin? Hugs Naomi


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