Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Celestial Finish

Today I finished a WIP that has been about 2 years in the works. It was nearly finished when I put it down to get involved in other more urgent projects.

I've stalled for a short time while making blocks for my 3 x 6 Bee. Needing something to do, I pulled out Celestial to see what was left to do. Not much! I had already quilted in the ditch around all the squares and stars. Each star centre had been FMQ'd too. All that was left was quilting the setting triangles with a meander, and putting on the binding.

The meander was soon done, it disappears into the swirls on the fabric. No worries about mistakes.

For the binding, I used the tutorial on the Red Pepper Quilts blog. Until now I've always sewn down the back of the binding by hand. Now I'm a convert to machine stitching the whole binding. It made a nice neat job, it's strong, and best of all, it's fast! In keeping with the bright colours in this quilt I used a lovely bright aqua with a gold stripe across the width of the binding.

Now I see Celestial finished I wonder why I put it down for so long? It has everything I like: bright colours, suns, moons, stars, solemn cats, fantasy flowers and so on. I'm so glad it got finished!

Hope you are enjoying summer weather!

Linking to
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Till next time,



  1. Beautiful! I haven't tried Rita's binding method yet, but have heard only great things about it! I'm still slogging along at doing it by hand!

  2. Congrats on finishing a long term WIP! Isn't that a great feeling? I'm glad the machine attached binding worked for you.

  3. Beautiful quilt! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday.

  4. Congrats on the finish. I should pull out some of my almost finished WIPs and get on it. I think I'll always sew the binding down by hand because I enjoy that step so much but am glad you found a method you like better.


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