Since I never visited a quilt show, I see rosettes and ribbons like this only in pictures. So when our quilt came back from Houston, I was glad to see how it looks like in reality.
I took the picture for my friends and I thought some of you might want to see a close- up too. A colored ribbon must be even more beautiful! 🙂
|The fabric underneath the ribbon is Kate Spain.|
The quilt came back with comments from the judges about the quilt. In the previous two years when I had quilts into the show, they always criticized the way I hand stitched the binding on the back of the quilt. But no critique this year about the binding- wow! It’s not that my hand stitching skills improved, but working on the many hexagon quilts, I learned that invisible hand stitching is not all about skills, it’s about thread too.
What they never criticized was the way I secure the threads when starting and stopping the quilting. I know there are techniques that require a lot of time, but I do it this way described below and it seams it did not annoy the judges’ eye.
I don’t want to say that this is the best technique for a quilt show (I know many would disagree), but if you need a fast technique with great result, for an everyday quilt, this is one of them.
How I start a stitch
I bring the bottom thread to the top.
Holding both threads securely,
I start taking 3-4 small backstitches. Then I came back stitching on top of these small stitches and then I continue stitching. I end the stitch in the same way. Then I clip off the threads.
If the thread is not very thick, you don’t even notice the double stitching, especially if you wash the quilt.
Have a great week,