Monday, December 14, 2009


I spent much of today rebinding Skipping Stones, one of my very first art quilts, created in January of this year. I've always really loved the piece, photos don't do it justice. It's a whole cloth piece of heavy cotton that I printed with thickened dyes, then painted with Lumiere in strategic places before machine quilting it.

My original method of binding the quilt was to wrap the edges of the backing around to the front, turn in an edge, and hand stitch it down. Kind of like doing a facing, but in reverse. That was how I bound all my first quilts because I didn't know any other method. Of course, I've learned tons this year, and I don't use that method any longer. Primarily, because the quilts don't lay flat. So today, I removed the sleeve and the label, undid the hand stitched edge, cut the edges straight all around, and stitched on another piece of handprinted fabric which I turned to the back of the quilt and tacked down.

And now it's hanging in our home and I can enjoy it every day!


Gerrie said...

I like this!! I don't bind most of my quilts. I like to do a satin stitch in harmonious colors or do a facing or pillow case. Paintings do not have something similar to a binding so I don't think the are necessary ob fabric art. This binding blends in nicely with the art, I think.

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

I used to bind my wall hangings that way, too! And you have reminded me I have a few pieces I have been thinking of re-working to improve the hang. I did some with a 'pillowcase' finish, and they hang funny... may be the right time to add that to my list!

Unknown said...

Nummies, I love this.

frazzledsugarplummum said...

I agree that the photo probably doesn't do this piece justice. It looks like it has great texture. I would love to see it in person. I especially like the variety and placement of the different weaves. Binding pulls it all together. Thanks for sharing.