Bound and Determined!

Yippeel!  I finally finished hand-quilting Sue Garman’s Bouquet For A New Day!  I took the last stitch on Friday night at approximately 11:15 pm!

I had a relatively free weekend ahead, so I was bound  and determined to bind this quilt.  I noticed that the quilt was a little ruffled around the edges, so I ran a basting stitch  around all four sides about 1/4″ away from the edge.  It helped to keep all 3 layers together.

ruffled edge

Next. I measured 4 1/4″ away from the red inner border and proceeded to trim all the way around.  (Rather stressful.  So much can go wrong at this point!)

trimming 1

All of the marking on this quilt (the cross-hatching and the cable border) were done with a Frixion marker.  At this point I removed all of the markings with a steam iron.  I did not touch the quilt top with the iron, I just held the iron a couple of inches above the quilt and let the steam remove the marks. Here are some before and after pictures.

frixion 3

frixion 4

Oh!  And remember when I marked the top border with 2013 (the year the quilt was supposed to be finished)?  Here it is.


Then, I (we) stitched the binding in place.

stitching 2

I like to stitch my binding on to the front of the quilt and hand stitch it to the back.  I watched 4 episodes of Big Bang Theory while I stitched by hand….so it took about 2 hours!

One of the many things I love about blogging is that I have a permanent record of the quilts I am working on.  I started hand-quilting Bouquet For a New Day in October 2012.  You can look back on that post here.

And…the best part is…I finished it on Sunday, September 29, 2013!


Til next time…



34 thoughts on “Bound and Determined!

  1. Thank you for letting me take this journey with you, Kerry. I joined late and plan to check your archives for the rest of the story. Your quilt is exquisite. Would love to see it in person. It just dawned on me that I reached you through Caron Mosey. Thinking I’ll have to start a directory with notes that reflect my connections to this beautiful world of quilters like you. .

  2. Thanks for inspiring me! I love that you have multiple projects going at one time. I have really tried to have only one project, I just can’t do it. I love applique and am just beginning hand quilting. A friend just gave me a wonderful quilting frame. I can’t wait to use it.

  3. Oh, wow! This is such a spectacular quilt! Love that I have been able to follow along with your amazing work. That’s what I like about blogging too, having a record of my start date and all the many adventures in between.:)

  4. Kerry it is simply beautiful ! My goodness the talent and patience that you have. I recently started “Quilting the Garden” by Blackbird designs — all needle turned applique. I will not however, be hand quilting it. You are AMAZING. So pretty. Thanks for sharing !

  5. Beautiful hand quilting, love the quilt!! I noticed you used a snap frame, how do you put the snaps on. My rails are so stiff that it is very hard to snap on to the quilt.

  6. You inspired me to get my applique back out a few weeks ago.. It is a queen-size quilt with all original patterns that I made from photos, ads, logos, business cards, and dreamed up in my head, except one commercial pattern square that I adapted. I am obsessed again, and I thank you so much for getting the ball rolling for me once more. Your work is beautiful, and I anxiously await each installment of your blog/Facebook/email. I’ll post mine someday, when it is finished.

  7. I am so excited about the completion of this quilt. I am working on the same quilt and lack productivity but, you have inspired me to complete it. It truly is lovely!!!!!!!!!

  8. Absolutely outstanding. I’ve enjoyed your blog and have shared it with members of my Applique Society group. What a beautiful finish, just in time for the cooler nights!

  9. Congratulations. It looks stunning. Big effort!!! I am sure I can only dream of achieving something like that. Inspirational! X

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