I know, I know…you are probably sick and tired of Settler’s Pride but good news…we are on the last little turn, heading for the finish-line!!…and you really don’t have to read this!! I won’t be too insulted!…well maybe just a little…
I have finished the hand quilting!!(happy dance)…and have moved onto the binding. Now the pattern doesn’t say to put on binding…(Maggie Bonanomi says to back the quilt with homespun or cotton ticking and turn under the raw edges and whipstitch all around.) BUT I want a nice, sturdy finish to this quilt so I went with binding.
With the exception of the backing, the whole quilt is 100% wool and that’s what I wanted my binding to be. I looked all over On Line for a nice light weight 100 % wool and finally found some “100% Light Weight Wool Suiting”…black and white check with a brown and blue strip..I figured if it was too light I would dye it!
It arrived yesterday…perfect timing! As soon as I took the wool out of the package I KNEW it wasn’t 100% wool…it wasn’t soft and it had a shine to it..:o( I did a burn test and sure enough the hard crispy edge indicated to me that there was indeed a man made fibre in it. It did flake too so my guess was that it was a wool blend. Oh well…let’s look at this in a favourable light…the man made fiber will add strength to the binding.
I knew that I would have to dye it to tone it down a bit…so I got the dye pot going and to make a long story short…dyed it THREE times…the last time I dumped the whole container of black dye in the pot…the fabric was not taking any more of the dye…that was the problem with man made fibers!! They won’t take dyes…but the wool picked up enough of the dye to turn the fabric a grey/black colour and you can faintly see the blue/brown check…so I am ready to proceed! It’s the best I can do…
The camera is making the binding fabric look lighter than it is in real life so keep that in mind.
Hope I didn’t bore you too much…BUT I just wanted you to be warned …when you order on-line and they advertise one thing…you may be getting something totally different! If they had advertise this as being a wool blend I would have NEVER ordered it! Having said that…I like this and think it will work just fine! :o) Whew!
So we’ve cleared the last hurtle (barely!!)and we are heading to the finish line… (and the crowd roars…Ok…the lone person still reading this cheers…guess that’s you… so..“thanks!!”)
Have a thrilling Thursday and Happy Quilting!!~P