Is this lack of skill/experience? A tension problem? Or good ol’ fashioned impatience? The quilt “sandwich” was layed out. I pinned it to within an inch of its life, then quilted it using a cross hatch or grid design. It was then squared up and I prepared a continuous binding.
As you can see I started and ended well. Laying one end into the other to close the binding. Next time I’ll use this method , which looks cleaner and more in keeping the mitering used to join the strips of fabric (for the binding).
Here’s the problem. Just before getting to the end/joining point, the fabric started to buckle (for lack of a better word) and there is an excess. I did a little tuck and just kept stitching but it really bothers me. but I’m not sure what to do about it. It happened on the other quilt I just finished and while you can’t see it at all it shouldn’t be there. I think the problem is my impatience. I didn’t pin the binding to the quilt, I just lined it up against the edge by hand and sewed on. If there are any experienced quilters out there reading this I’m sure they are squirming. When you’ve stopped any suggestions would be welcome.
The rest of it looks good. My corners are neat and lay properly. I turn each one before continuing to be sure.
It’s like with knitting when you get to the end of your decreases and the stitch count is correct. It’s a combination of excitement, relief and instant motivation.
So the question.. Do I really need to pin?
You have to know the rules before you can break them. I’ve barely started and I’m breaking them left and right…