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For this last Sarah's Star practice block, I wanted to quilt a design (Celtic Knots from Dover CD book) inside an all-over background.
However, this is not the background I planned. You know that means? I am finally learning to listen to my block! When I was half-way finished with channel quilting, I could "see" how I needed to change directions in the border.
Here are my "Quilt It! Challenge Rules," aka what I have learned to far:
- Start quilting in the ditch to stabilize and outline work areas.
- Work from the center out! Takes a little longer, but keeps block from getting wonky, and saves some thread.
- Echo quilting is an important element to differentiate where feature element meets background designs.
Best of all, the tension problems that have troubled my quilting are finally worked out:)
I tried Liz's Lumpless Binding technique from the Fons & Porter Build Your Best Log Cabin ebook (pg. 23-4). Took me a while to figure it out, but it works super! Hope this illustration helps you to figure it out faster than I did:
See how the binding folds meet at 90 degrees? Mark through centers with a 45 degree stitching line.
Next Quilt It! Challenge is the Reverse-T Block.
LUV the blue, Jackie!
Stash hunting now, so I can catch up! Happy Quilting:)