Technically, when constructing a quilt there is a very specific order of operations to be followed: piece the top, baste the three layers, stitch the layers together working from the center to the edges, and—finally—bind the edges. This system ensures that the quilt comes together in a neat, tidy, wrinkle-free manner. Most quilts, though, do not begin their journey with layers of gesso and paint and printing. I break so many rules en route, I have no qualms about beginning the binding process while—gasp!—there is still more quilting to occur.

For this entire series of works, I have used a manufactured black quarter-inch bias tape to finish the edges. It creates a fine thin line framing the piece without competing with it. The consistent black edge visually links the pieces together, reinforcing their shared techniques and subject matter. I also see it as somewhat mournful, and a nod to black photo corners holding pictures in albums.

The binding on this piece is not yet fully finished. I simply took the first step today of machine-stitching it to the face of the quilt. Over the next several days, I will fold the binding around the edge of the quilt and hand-stitch it to the backing, using tiny nearly-invisible stitches. I will also, of course, continue to quilt. It is approaching the point of having “enough” stitches, though knowing when to stop is always one of my greatest challenges.

The full piece, with binding stitched to the face.

The full piece, with binding stitched to the face.

More quilting on the surface, with the unfinished binding.

More quilting on the surface, with the unfinished binding.

And still more stitching.

And still more stitching.

Day Fifty-Nine (and Day Sixty): Continuing to Quilt (and Getting Ahead of Myself) | 2014 | Uncategorized