Monday, May 14, 2007

The Diamonds are done!
I got the quilting done yesterday afternoon and had the binding ready to hand stitch while watching tv last night. In a classic demonstration of my inability to think things through all the way to the end, I was 9 1/2" short of binding. I knew I was cutting it close - so close that I chose to make a single fold binding and to cut it in 1 1/4" widths. Even then I could see that it probably wasn't going to make it all the way around.
After having a stern inner conversation over the back fabric last week . . . not enough scraps left from piecing the front to make a whole back, nothing in my stash I thought I was willing to part with. I sat myself down and thought long and hard over the silliness of buying more fabric when there is a closet full right here at my fingertips. I went back, reassessed the scraps and found a nice piece of yardage that coordinated well.
With that still fresh in my mind, I found I couldn't really justify a trip to the store for a minimum 1/4 yard purchase for such a small section of binding. Wait! I didn't use all the leftovers. I saved out the blacks for my stash. One tiny strip cut from a black, pieced into the gap and voila - binding. It's barely noticeable and will leave a question on someone's mind 100 years from now. That makes me smile.
I'm planning on giving this quilt as a Christmas gift. I would like to personalize the label with a vintage photo and I'm hoping for some help and advice. Has anyone had experience with photo transfer to fabric? I'd be so grateful to hear how it worked, what you liked and disliked about a particular method or product. Anything you can share will be appreciated.

26 comments:

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I love Fabric Treasures. I've used Photos-to-Fabric, too; but Fabric Treasures retains a soft hand and photo clarity... plus, you can do it on your home printer! (BIG plus!!) It's pricey, but well worth it. Oh-- BTW, the quilt is magnificent!

Judy said...

Very good finish! I had to look twice around to catch the small little patch of black binding. I bought some stuff for labels once but haven't used it yet, so I can't help at all.

Still love the quilt! Very lovely colors and the pattern is just great!

Nancy in MT said...

Libby, I use Printed Treasure, too.
Print your photo from your computer onto the Printed Treasure sheet, just load it into your printer, print, cut to size and sew it to the backing. Instructions come with the package, you can buy it at any quilt or craft store. Your quilt is beautiful.

Jenny said...

what a striking design. Don't you just love to see it come all together!

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

Great quilt. Your color selection is awesome. I've never tried Fabric Treasure product, but, after reading all these comments about it, I'm going to have to try it.

Carole said...

What a lovely quilt! I enjoy reading about the binding. Yes, they will wonder, but that makes it all the more fascinating! I too have a hard time parting with fabric! Thanks for sharing. Happy quilting!

Connie said...

Wow it looks so nice - great job!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

You are so good Libby to give yourself that 'talking to'. I don't know how you can put all the leftovers into the back, I like to keep some scraps from everything. I love your quilt - are they Jo Morton fabrics? The border is great.

atet said...

oooh, love the quilt and great job using up the scraps on the back. I love using up larger bits and pieces from the fronts for the backs if I can.

As for the photo transfer -- I've had good results with Printed Treasures photo transfer sheets. You just put them straight into your inkjet printer. They already have a paper backing and when you peel them off they are still nice and soft. I've used them on "puzzle balls" to make photo balls for family members. If you have to hand sew through areas that are very saturated with color they get a bit difficult to push a needle through. I've been really happy with the results I've had so far, a bit pricey (I think something like $18.00 or $19.00 for 5 8.5"x11" sheets) but well worth it.

Darlene said...

Outstanding and fabulous! Great save on the binding challenge. Way to go!

Dawn said...

Oh it is wonderful! I LOVE it!

May Britt said...

A wonderful quilt. The one who receives this is a lucky one and I'm sure it will be treasured. You are not the only one making bindings and find that you are just a few inches short. Adding an other colour in the binding makes it more interesting. And I love the way you have used the fabrics on the back. I have started to use all my "old" fabrics on the back now. And this makes the back more interesting than using one whole piece of fabric,

meggie said...

That was the perfect solution. Remember, that is how the old quilts were done...you made do!
I love that quilt, & really love quilts with a little quirk!

Knot Garden said...

It looks great - I'm always amazed at how fast you work! I really like the pieced backing and the improvisation with the binding, I think it gives the quilt something extra. I always like the backing of a quilt to complement the front, and doing it this way makes sure it really does.

dee said...

I have used the Fabric Treasures and love the way it feels and looks-like linen. It costs a bunch but I've tried others and they are awful plastic-feeling horrible hand feel. Go forthe bucks in this case you won't regret it.

Marcie said...

That is the perfect border fabric! I love the whole quilt! Nice job! How big is it?

Deb Geyer said...

A gorgeous quilt, Libby!

KCQuilter said...

Wonderful, wonderful quilt and very clever backing and binding solutions!!! You were livin' right, girl! I like the Printed Treasures sheets for inkjet printers. The June Tailor ones are too stiff for my liking.

Rose Marie said...

Your quilt is lovely and I always feel a great sense of accomplishment when a fabric problem has been solved by only using my stash! I had to look for the binding switch and have to say that it adds to the charm of the quilt.

Finn said...

Hi Libby, another great finish!! A little doubt, a little stress, but a great finish!!! And it definitely qualifies in the area of true prim reproduction. Creative solutions was pretty much what they had...period.
This is lovely, totally, Christmas present or not. Way to go, Libby! Hugs, Finn P.S. Happy Mum's Day..*VBS*

anne bebbington said...

Those diamonds really sparkle!

kjquilts said...

Love this quilt! I like the backing too! I've never done pictures on fabric. I'd love to see your label when you get it done.

Katie said...

I took my photo or drawing to a shop that prints sweat shirts. They did an excellent job. I took my own washed and ironed high thread count cotton for them to put it on, even thu they said they had it available. Love your quilt.

http://thewinemakerswife.blogs.com/ said...

I have not tried Photo to Fabric, but you are inspiring me to attempt a quilt with that technique! Wonderful color choices.

Wendy said...

I love the "make do" binding and the pieced back. I've started doing that and just love using up the extra pieces.

I've used fabric sheets from the Vintage Workshop and found great results. The have several types of fabrics to choose from.
http://www.thevintageworkshop.com

Quilt Nut said...

its gorgeous!