Monday, July 27, 2015

In Work This Week, 7/27/15

In work, yes. On my design wall, no.

First up, finish sewing the binding down on Gramercy. I still need to make the label, too. If I can get Gramercy finished this week, I'll be able to count out the backing and binding fabric this month, which will help out the stash report.
Binding in progress

You'll notice that the binding is not striped. After all the consideration of striped binding last week (this post and this post) I just couldn't bring myself to use that bold stripe on this quilt. Gramercy has a feeling of subtlety and serenity, probably due to the neutral color palette, even though it's a sampler quilt with lots of points and angles, high contrast, and varied scale.
Binding with piping

Instead, I'm using the taupe grunge fabric that's used in several of the blocks for a more subtle finish. And thanks to LeeAnna's suggestion, I'm adding a pop of orange piping. I'm using Susie's Magic Binding method; so far so good.

Also in work this week, packing up for "quilt camp," a little retreat with friends Friday & next weekend. I have my Flying Geese project organized for sewing the units into rows at camp, and maybe I'll be able to get the whole top sewn together. If I get tired of working on the geese, I have another WIP of simple squares packed and ready to stitch together. I like to have simple piecing that doesn't require too much heavy thinking at camp, because I've learned that I make mistakes if I try to follow a complicated pattern there. I'll pack up all the tools, equipment, etc. later in the week.
Flying Geese project & another WIP organized, labeled, and packed for quilt camp

So what are you working on this week?
Link ups:
Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts


  1. I'm so glad you didn't use the stripe

  2. Besides, it's a lot more fun to laugh and visit with your friends than trying to concentrate on a tricky pattern. I like to take projects I'm stuck on and get inspiration from the group. We put out the call for a "village" when a decision is needed. (You know, "It takes a village ...")

  3. Jan, this binding is perfect. What a gorgeous quilt! Have a great time at your retreat! I think it's good to be prepared with a couple of projects for your retreat.

  4. I really like the binding you chose to use for Gramercy; and the pop of orange looks great, too. I hope you can get the binding done before you head to camp and have a great weekend sewing with friends!

  5. The binding looks good. Have fun at the retreat.

  6. The combination of the orange with the more muted tones in the quilt looks great. :)