Monday, November 2, 2015

16th finish for 2015 - Binding. What was I thinking?

I worked hard this weekend and managed to get this t-shirt quilt done. It took me 2.5 hours just to sew all those patches back on the quilt.

The quilt had taken some hard abuse over the years and here is a reminder of what my son's dog had done to it

I was able to salvage the binding from three sides. What was I thinking when I made this honking 1" wide binding?

The outside edge of the binding was very worn. Here you can see holes in the fabric.

Since I was going to cut the new binding only 3" wide it worked out perfect! The worn part was cut away so I could reuse the binding!

The fabric was very limp so I pressed it with some Best Press and that was enough body to help the hand of the fabric. I did have enough left over fabric from when I made this quilt in the late 1990's to replace the binding the dog had ruined with the same fabric! I also had plenty of length as back then I folded the binding corners under and not miter them like I now do. As my Mom would say "that's a good job done!". I thought I had taken a picture of the back, but I only had a close up. I also forgot to measure it. The pasta fabric with the white background was left over from the original backing I had used. The white print is the crib sheet I found at my parent's house. All that zig zag stitching was to hold together a shirt that was coming apart, but I wanted to save it. Yes, the quilting on this quilt would not win any prizes, but I was happy that I could salvage most of the quilt and save my son's memories.

I also made flatbread this weekend from a recipe I saw Martha Stewart make on her baking show. I did change it a bit and added Italian seasoning that Glen of Quiltswissy had sent me and I used Feta Cheese and parmesan cheese instead of onions (yuck), and tomatoes. I didn't want to bake all the dough, so I took the leftover pieces, wrapped them individually in plastic and put them in the refrigerator. I let the dough warm up a bit then rolled and baked it Sunday morning and this morning before work. It baked up just like fresh. It was yummy!

I received an early birthday present from my sister. It is a beautiful olivewood salt box! I will use it to keep my special Himalayan pink salt in.


QuiltSwissy said...

I am so glad you were able to save that quilt for your son. Special things need to be repaired and saved and cherished! Your mother was right, you did do a good job!

Love that salt box. I brought some olive wood spoons and spatulas back from Italy and Greece when we went, I love them!

I am craving some of that flatbread too! I am doing a 3 day Dr. Oz cleanse right now and everything looks good.......and it is only Monday morning.

P. said...

What a great job you did salvaging this quilt! Pretty cool that you were able to reuse the binding by cutting it down. Love the salt box!

Vicki W said...

You are a good Mom!