My Sunnyside Mystery quilt is done! I didn’t plan on purchasing or starting a new project at the quilt retreat, but I got suckered in when everyone else was doing it! Peer pressure is a powerful thing, especially if I am the one encouraging others to join in! Ok, so I fell in love with the fabric and bright colors.
The quilting pattern is a Mackintosh Rose pattern. I thought this reflected the flowers in the Kate Spain Sunnyside fabric. I have been a fan of Mackintosh roses since a trip to Savannah Georgia. There were some amazing stained windows in a few of the houses. I purchased a necklace with a Mackintosh rose slide on it. I still wear it years later.
Once I saw the quilting pattern, I knew exactly that this was what I wanted on my Mystery Quilt. Fortunately, the lady who I rent the long arm from was willing to purchase another pattern for me! Usually once she downloads a pattern, other customers use the pattern as well. So it is a bit of a win-win situation. (Yes, that is my Country Girls Hexie quilt in the background, I was long arm quilting on 2 machines. It does cut down on trips to the long arm rental place.)
The backing shows the pattern better.
The quilt has been sitting in a bag since I quilted it in March. No reason to rush! I had the binding all ready to go. It was finally time to put on some binding. I did the binding on 2 other quilts last weekend. I ran out of steam by the time I was to bind this.
Once, I decided that binding was going to happen. I needed to find a matching thread for the binding. Blues can be hard to color match. I am a bit neurotic with matching my thread. I didn’t have any that matched and went to Joann’s for thread. I rarely buy thread there, am a bit of a thread snob. I usually use Aurifil or Madeira. It was Sunday, my local quilt shop wasn’t open. Nor was the sewing machine shop. I bought a spool of invisible thread and a periwinkle blue spool. The periwinkle blue was as close a match I could find. I still wasn’t thrilled with it. I’ve never used invisible thread. The label says you can dry clean it, but can you wash and dry it as a quilt usually is? Either way, I wasn’t sold on my options.
Plan C formed due to my dislike of thread options. I decided to use my leftover backing fabric for binding. I had trimmed my quilt and decided to cut the rest into my binding. You don’t need very many strips of fabric for binding when you are cutting fabric the length of the quilt! I had my binding made in no time – even a little extra for a future project.
When I machine bind, I try to use the same color bobbin thread as I did when I quilted. I usually buy an extra bobbin of thread of the same color when I long arm quilt. Now that I was using the same color for binding, I needed thread for the top spool and for the bobbin. Quickly divided the part of the bobbin thread onto another bobbin and used the original for top thread.
So much happier with how it turned out. I really like the solid binding. I really like solid colored binding right now. I used solid purple for the Triangle Quilt Along. Don’t get me wrong, I love dotted and striped binding. But sometimes a simple solid gets the job done! I apologize for the lack of pictures. I snuck in a little sewing time after work each night. I was binding a side each night. In my haste, there were no pictures. I will attempt to be better about this and getting my binding done a little quicker.