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.
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.