This was a runner I completed exactly 4 years ago (to the date!), my first attempt at paper piecing. I used flannel as batting and a polycotton as backing. The binding was 1″ wide, in 4 pieces – one for each side of the runner. Its edges were folded in and it was attached like a piping, one single stitch line to put it together. It wasn’t quilted either, but I was very proud of it!
Over time, the pieced top shrank, the flannel shrank even more and the backing remained unmoved.
About two years ago, I took apart the 3 layers and there they lay, till yesterday when I decided to practice some ‘serious’ ( by my standards) free motion quilting on it. Now, the flannel batting and the backing have both moved and are about 1/2″ short!
Tuesday and Wednesday are my days for working on my Nearly Insane block patterns. On Thursday and Friday I work on other new projects. So I will get back to this on Saturday. Meanwhile, please admire my micro stippling and of course, my feathers. I used the ‘bump’ method to make them.
I changed to my expensive thread midway through this and after that everything moved like a dream! I hadn’t quite believed it when I read it, but using good quality thread does make a massive difference to how your quilting looks! Not that that makes me happy. It only means my hobby becomes even more expensive. Perhaps I should start selling my patterns now…Unless people are willing to send Aurifil thread to me in exchange for my patterns?