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17 October 2017

QUILTING: Bittersweet Symphony Quilt {another progress post}

Why yes, this is another progress post about my Bittersweet Symphony Quilt. Good things take time, right? Looking back through my blog, I realised that this quilt has been well over a year in the making. Honestly, I'm normally a sew, sew, sew until it's finished kind of person - rather than a long term 'work in progress' person.




You can see previous Bittersweet Symphony Quilt posts HERE and HERE and HERE



Well can you guess what happened the other day?!?! I FINALLY finished the hand quilting. Oh my goodness, what a relief! Those little crosses in the border were a good idea when I started, but gee whiz they took a really, REALLY long time.


Bittersweet Symphony Quilt by Anorina Morris
Bittersweet Symphony Quilt by Anorina Morris




hand quilting - Bittersweet Symphony Quilt by Anorina Morris



Bittersweet Symphony Quilt by Anorina Morris



I've had a lot of questions about the back of the quilt, well here's a couple of pictures of the back. I used a very bright and busy backing fabric which is just perfect to hide all of the hand quilted stitches on the back (especially the big cross over ones when I was working on the crosses). 

The backing fabric is by Pat Bravo in her Carnaby Street range for Art Gallery Fabrics. It's a pieced back, but as luck would have it, you can't really tell where the seam is... well unless you look really closely.








Next time you see the Bittersweet Symphony Quilt in the title up there on the blog, it will be to share the finished quilt. I just need to add a hanging sleeve and the binding.


Now, speaking of binding, what binding fabric would you use? 
More of the same bright scrappy fabrics or the solid grey? 
I'd love your advice to help me decide.


Bittersweet Symphony Quilt by Anorina Morris



19 comments:

  1. It's really gorgeous Anorina! I'd love to see bright orange binding...but any colour would look great!xAli

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    1. Thanks Ali. Yes orange would have worked really well. After reading your comment, I went through my stash but couldn't find the "right" orange, so decided on scrappy. I really need more orange options in my fabric stash ;-)

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  2. I can’t tell if my comment went through, so at the risk of repeating myself...
    Scrappy binding, for sure ��
    It’s hard to express the joy I feel looking at your quilt other than it is like sunshine for my heart!

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    1. Thank you! I took your advice and it's going to be scrappy, scrappy, scrappy! With any luck, I'll have it finished this evening.

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  3. To confuse you, I would use a gray, to keep the eye centered on the lovely designs.

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    1. It's funny, but I checked to see how much of that charcoal grey I had left, and it wasn't going to be enough for the binding, so I guess the decision was taken out of my hands. I could have gone to the fabric store to buy more... but then I'd have come home with all sorts of other fabrics. When it comes to fabric, I have very little will-power :)

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  4. WOW! Absolutely beautiful, an heirloom for sure. Every stitch is so important!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! I hope my kids cherish it for years to come. I must actually remember to attach a label to this quilt.

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  5. Stunning quilt , I would do a scrappy binding for sure !

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  6. A really stunning quilt, I love the backing and the reason for it!! Brilliant!

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    1. Thank you!
      The backing is just lovely. I bought about 5 yards of this fabric a few years ago (because it was on a very, very good sale) and it sat on my shelf for the longest time. I guess it was just waiting for the "right" project.

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  7. I love love love love it..... I am a scrappy binding lover and would do that - but I'm sure whatever you do will be lovely.... PS I love it....
    Hugz
    PPS I love it....

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    1. Hah! I sang your comment in my head as it just reminded me of that song from "Sister Act" (I will follow him). Thank you Fiona. I've gone with the scrappy binding and hoping to finish it this evening. How good is sewing on the binding in front of the telly? Happy stitching x

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  8. How satisfying to get the hand-quilting finished - and what a beautiful job you have done of it all too. I think I would have a scrappy border...

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    1. Thank you Jen. This quilt was just calling for the scrappy border wasn't it? I'm a sucker for the scrappy look in quilts.
      Happy stitching x

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