I have finished up the quilting on my reindeer pillow and the binding has been sewn down. Has anyone had any luck machine sewing down binding? I have tried several different popular machine sewing binding tutorials and I am never happy with the way it turns out. Unless, the front and the back stitching line up perfectly I am just not happy with it. Any tips or tutorials that worked for you? Until then I will be hand sewing my binding…plodding along… =p
For the quilting on this pillow, I did an all over stipple, not over Mr. Reindeer, and then I did something a little bit different(for me). Aurifil sent me a fantastic package of thread to try out several weeks ago. One of the things that I have been playing with since receiving my fun thread package is using the heavier 12 weight thread to straight line machine quilt. I had planned to hand quilt the straight lines over the stippling but instead, I machine quilted them. I used a longer stitch length for the straight lines but other than that I didn’t make any changes to my machine/needle. I am so pleased with the way that it turned out. Totally makes me want to try doing a white whole cloth quilt using straight line quilting and a rainbow of 12 weight Aurifil thread–how pretty would that be!–and since Aurifil thread comes in 100s of colors it would be a breeze to choose some pretty ones.
The folks over at Aurifil were also kind enough to send over 5 thread samplers for me to give away to 5 of my readers. So, If you’d like to try out some fun thread leave me a comment. If you aren’t into machine quilting, the 50 weight thread is perfect for piecing–some threads mess with your seam allowance just a bit which doesn’t seem like a big deal until you start putting together all the blocks. Even 1/16 inch adds up over the piecing of a whole quilt. US entries only please for this giveaway.