In a Bind

I realized later that maybe this was bad karma for a baby quilt, but, I spent Sunday holed up in my studio, watching the Rosemary’s Baby remake (if you care, I only found it to be eh) and working on my jungle boogie quilt. Hopefully the dark subject matter didn’t seep into the project…

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First off, my least favorite, basting. Can I just say that after packing tape, the iPad is my favorite basting invention? I have to use my living room floor to baste, and with the iPad, I can stream entertainment while I work. Then I can pick it up, and take it to the studio, and keep watching while I quilt! (Usually my choices are marginally better than the Rosemary’s Baby remake.)

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I quilted it with a simple cross hatch design- I love it because there’s no need to mark the top- and it worked well with this pattern. I happened to have a spool of medium green thread sitting around, so, by default, that’s what I used. That way I didn’t need to make a trip to the store before I got started. On the black and dark green fabrics, it’s ever so slightly brighter than I would have liked, but it blends with the rest nicely. And it disappears into the back.

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My middle stripe isn’t lined up as perfectly as I would have liked- I thought I had it centered during basting, but not quite. I still think it works.

And now comes the big decision:

binding.

What would you choose? I have enough of the solid kona green, the black batik with silver squares, both the giraffe and leopard prints, and also the olive green chevron-ish stripe. OR, I had originally thought maybe a bright blue solid, to pick up the blues in the parrots. Would aΒ blue be too much, or just fun? Or, do you have a totally different idea? Please, let me know. Β I won’t have time to work on the binding before Sunday, but I am hoping to get it all done then.

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18 responses to “In a Bind

  1. My vote is for the leopard spots, Sam! That would look awesome! Nice job on the quilting. What a fabulous plus quilt!

    • Thank you for your vote, Lorna πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to get this done and off to its new home…

      -Sam

      On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 7:21 AM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:

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  2. Really like how the top turned out. What if you try out yellow or orange for the binding. There are a lot of warm tones in the front of your quilt.

    • Sadly, I don’t have any pieces of yellow or orange big enough for the binding- they’re the weakest parts of my stash, along with brown…

      😦

      Thank you for visiting!

      -Sam

      On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 7:26 AM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:

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  3. JoanG

    I vote for leopard spots. Why not make the edges of your quilt as happy as the middle of the quilt is?

  4. Wonderful quilt!! A print for the binding would look really good – compliment the solids around the edge πŸ™‚ Beautifully done!

    • I admit I was a bit worried that a print all around the edge would be too busy, but maybe it’s just what this needs…

      Thanks for visiting!

      -Sam

      On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:

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  5. I like how the crosshatch echoes the pluses but with the angle, it adds nice interest. Have you considered a scrappy binding? Maybe half green and half leopard spots?

    • Thank- I was hoping the cross hatch would have that effect πŸ™‚ Simple but elegant, and slightly calming for such a loud top…

      Scrappy might be too much for such a bust top, but I like the idea of two-tone! Thanks!

      -Sam

      On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 9:14 AM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:

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  6. As we say : in doubt add red! This quilt is wonderful for a baby, so joyful and interesting!

    • I wish I had enough of the right red/reddish orange to do that 😦 It would be great!

      Thank you for visiting!

      -Sam

      On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:

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  7. I would say the orange but you don’t have that as option. Definitely something bright or lighter like the leopard print. Bad karma quilt, ha ha, that one was funny!

    • LOL, I realized later a show about an evil baby might not work with a baby quilt, sigh. silly me!

      I wish I had an orange or yellow left- lots of people like the leopard idea, and it is a warm tone…

      -Sam

      On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM, Diary of a Madfabriholic wrote:

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  8. Oooh, that’s a toughie. I like the idea of a yellow or warm color. But I could also dig black. I’m not sure you can really go wrong with this one! πŸ™‚

    • So, you’re the only one who has said black, but you and I think a LOT alike when it comes to color. Hmmm…

      πŸ™‚

      -Sam

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  9. I vote for leopard spots, or scrappy binding for the quilt. And it came out lovely, even if you did watch Rosemary’s baby while you were working on it. πŸ™‚

  10. I’m writing before reading comments so that I am not swayed. I’m thinking the kona green. I lean toward the plainest, darkest fabric that you have enough of. I think a print binding would be distracting. Now to see what others have said. ( I agree, not blue.)

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