Triple Trouble 11: in the departure queue

We’re in the home stretch now.

Komeet's binding just needs stitching down on the back.

Komeet’s binding just needs
stitching down on the back.

Komeet is trimmed, the binding is applied, I just have to hem down the back.  170″. A piece of cake, I’ll probably get it squared away tonight while I’m watching TV.

Vlucht's binding is ready to be attached to the trimmed edge.

Vlucht’s binding is ready to be
attached to the trimmed edge.

Vlucht is trimmed, the binding is cut and pressed.

Wervelwind is trimmed and waiting for me to cut the binding.

Wervelwind is trimmed and
waiting for me to cut the binding.

Wervelwind is trimmed.

I’ve had to make 2″ binding because there was only just enough of the lilac chevron fabric left to make 2″ binding!  But it works perfectly well, and is probably nicer on a small quilt. Of course, if one quilt has narrow binding, they all must, and the net result is that I end up with a little more leftover fabric than I originally thought. And the problem with that is, exactly…? Quite. I’m learning to relax about leftover fabric. Time was that I beat myself up about ‘waste’, but I’m learning fast that there’s no such thing.

Today I made a gift for a friend using scraps from 5 or 6 other quilts. And I do mean scraps: a 4″ square here, a 2.5″ strip there. The back was pieced from leftover bits of the piece I made for the roots of the Tree of Life.  I bound it with a jelly roll strip which has been sitting in my stash for about 5 years without a home. It all comes round again eventually.  I’m looking at my scrap boxes with a different eye these days: speculatively rather than despairingly.  It would be nice if they were better organised, of course.

I think with a clear day and a good run-up, I should have all three finished tomorrow except, maybe, for labelling.

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6 thoughts on “Triple Trouble 11: in the departure queue

  1. tialys says:

    Your scrap box sounds familiar! I have two large plastic sacks and a large storage bin full of fabric pieces of all shapes and sizes. I recently moved them out of my workroom into my loft which, of course, means they’ll never get delved into but I can’t just throw them out because ‘you never know when they might come in useful’.
    Your work is looking amazing by the way.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you! One of the things on my to do list for this year is go through all my scrap boxes and cut everything into a useful size, and then THROW OUT the snippets. I reckon I must have a dozen scrap quilts in that lot, and I have a long list of rellies lining up panting for a quilt of their own… Perhaps I should start making a scrap quilt for every one I make from new fabric. Hmmm. You may have started something here!

  2. Kirsten says:

    I’ve tried quilting but I just don’t think I have the patience! I’m impressed that you have more than one on the go at the same time.

    • katechiconi says:

      That is nothing to be impressed about, it’s a sign of poor finishing skills! The Triple Trouble quilts had to be a threesome because they’re going to triplets. And various others are handwork and therefore portable. But I try and only have one major work on the go at once.

  3. The good thing about leftovers is that you can make stuff without going to the shop. It has taken me about 6 years to get my fabric stash to the point that I can do that – ‘shop’ from my stash.

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