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Handmade quilts and home accessories by fiber artist Linda Nussbaum. See samples of past projects as well as pieces available for sale and inspirations for custom orders. To see what is currently available for sale, please visit my Etsy Shop.

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When is Enough Enough, or Not Enough?

Linda Nussbaum

I just finished binding a quilt that I am super excited to have finished!

The top is actually hanging over the fence - must be longer than 6'.

The top is actually hanging over the fence - must be longer than 6'.

full length exposed

full length exposed

This is a quilt top that I began more than 2 years ago, but because it had no specific destination or due date I put off the finishing. But I was excited to try another quilt with the serrated edges, like my teal monochromatic one. However, this time I took a short cut that may or may not prove problematic... I did NOT cut my binding on the bias. 

Now, for those of you less familiar with sewing and quilting, one of the main advantages (or disadvantages, in many cases) of cutting on the bias, meaning at a 45° angle to the weave of the fabric, is that the fabric gives much more, enabling one to work it into curves. Or perhaps concave corners. However, because of the print I chose for my binding added to the fact that I really really really do not like cutting and piecing bias binding, I skipped that very wise step and worked with a straight-grain binding on those pesky edges and corners. 

And I succeeded. At least, it's finished and bound.

But is it fully quilted??


I went into this with a plan. And I followed that plan, but as I came to the end of my quilting, I was left unsure whether it is quilted enough to keep it together in the long run. I think I managed to get my quilting lines often enough to satisfy the requirements on the batting package, but I don't always take those for their word.

What do you all think??


Would you try and add some echo quilting in there at various places, or perhaps something a little more free-motion and organic going through those open channels? I don't think I've ever considered changing the quilting on something AFTER it's been bound, but this keeps talking to me as though it's just not quite finished. But I'm ready for it to be finished. What voice would you listen to?

I'm feeling my age

Linda Nussbaum

I've been very diligent about striking tasks off my list of projects. Keeping on track with the 2013 Finish-A-Long and such. However, why did I have to include so many things that simply need to be basted then quilted??

It's not as easy as it once was to squat on the floor for upwards of 45 minutes prepping and basting a quilt sandwich! My joints just aren't happy with me right now. But, this happened:


I can't express how glad I am to have this one ready to quilt. Not sure why that is, but I've been looking forward to finishing this puppy for quite a while (just didn't have it on a list of priorities). Here's to updating priorities!