Fabric Tuesday 4/3/12 or Adding a border at the last minute.

UFO #2 for the year is done!  Having tested the quilting motif when I made my last mug rug, I decided to quilt the centers of my blocks with it.  I got ready to bring the back forward to bind my new wall hanging and realized I would like it better if it had a border, but what to do about it now at this stage?  I could have cut off the extra backing and added borders as a QAYG.  Nope, too much work for this one.  I then decided to make the binding wider than normal as I had enough batting and backing to do that.  So that's what I did. 
I turned down the backing to keep it out of cutter's way and cut the batting 1/2" out from the top's edge all the way around.  Then I brought the backing out and trimmed it to 1 3/4" all around the top.
 I then pressed the back by folding the backing to touch the edge of the batting.  This gave me a double edge when I brought it over the batting to form the binding.  But how was I going to align the edge to sew down accurately and evenly as I had forgotten to trim my edges.  Oops.
 After much thought, I decided to draw a 1/4" pencil line along the edges to mark where I would bring the folded backing forward to and sew it down.
 Here's what it looked like as I sewed it.
 The binding did seem much more substantial and wider.  It looked like wide binding so giving me the illusion of a border.
 And here is posey garden ready for hanging over my fireplace once I've added a sleeve and buried threads.  Made all with scraps, blocks from old swaps, and fabric from my stash.  You can find the pattern for this simplified block under my tab:  free patterns.
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Sue Daurio said…
Wow, that is pretty! Love the pattern and the way you quilted it. Great solution for the binding/extra border. That's creative :)
Cherie said…
Love the pattern and the quilting! Saw you over at Fabric Tuesdays! =D
Karen said…
Angie -- worked out beautifully !! Love the block and the quilting is awesome !!

Cheers !
Fabulous little quilt - love the block and the colours and your quilting is really nice too.
Glenda said…
Hmmmmmmmmm great tutorial on the binding will keep that idea for a later date. Thanks for sharing and the quilt looks lovely specially the way you quilted the centres of the 4 patch block. Cheers Glenda
Connie said…
Angie, what a beautiful wall hanging and I love the way you quilted in the center of each block! Sometimes I like to do binding that way too. Thanks for sharing!