Thursday, September 13, 2012

A New Binding!

Well my intention was to share the next Mario Block today (I even have it started and everything! lol) but after my last post I took on another project. So many of you suggested that it was worth saving the quilt and giving it a new binding that I decided yesterday that it needed to happen. NOW.


Mike's Quilt




So I searched through my stash of fabrics looking for the perfect match for this 11 year old quilt with vaguely masculine colors and heavily faded fabric. It was trickier than I thought it would be to match an older quilt with new fabric. I tried some other options but they didn't brighten the quilt up at all. They just faded away with the rest of it. And if I was going to go through the trouble of redoing the binding then I really wanted to make it a feature.


The perfect color!




I found the right fabric in this old Free Spirit freckles print that came from who knows where when. I literally have no idea when I got this fabric. I just know that it's one of the older ones in my stash. I almost didn't pull it because I had it stashed with my pinks. Pink? For my husband's quilt?! I think not! But as you can see, it was just the right shade of brightness for this quilt and took on the colors of the surrounding fabrics. I was just shy of having the right amount of fabric for the binding, so I added some cheeky birds in the corner to spice things up a bit.


Scrappy Binding!



The best part was seeing my husband's face light up when I showed him what I was doing. He loved the new fabrics, both of them, and thought it looked great. And it only took me half a day to fix something that has literally been bothering me for years.


The before and after is pretty impressive. It will take me a bit of time to get used to the new look but it is definitely the right move. This quilt has a new lease on life!


Mike's Quilt - Binding



20 comments:

  1. I love the sprucing up that you gave it! It can't have been fun to remove all the binding, but it was well worth the effort. Perhaps a "liven up your old projects" tutorial series is in order, after such excellent work! ;)

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  2. So worth while! I'm glad your husband approved!!!! I can imagine it will be loved for many years to come.

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  3. I am so happy you decided to replace the binding!! It looks awesome and now you will be able to enjoy the quilt for much longer! Good job!!

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  4. The new binding looks great! Did you do anything special to the new fabric before you sewed it on? I have a couple old family quilts that need new bindings. They are not antique quilts, just 25+ years old. Any pointers?

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  5. Yay, looking good and such cute birdies. Your husband had to be happy - a gift of high emotional value saved and ready to be loved even more. :)

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  6. Wow, that new binding looks fantastic! What a great way to bring an old quilt back to life!

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  7. Angela, that looks GREAT! It's like a whole new quilt. Of course your husband loved it.

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  8. Love! And I'm sure he is happy with it as well!

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  9. What a great use of your time, and it came out great!

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  10. Gads, the quilt on the end of my bed looks about like your husbands'. I suppose I should rebind it, even if it wasn't me who did the fold over binding more than 30 years ago...

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  11. how wonderful to bring it back to life ... and he likes it xx a win all round xx

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  12. Heh, well when the itch itches you gotta scratch! Looks grand anyway :o)

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  13. I just love the sentiment behind this quilt and how much your husband appreciates it! May you both enjoy it for many years to come!

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  14. What a great idea & a huge difference!

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  15. Perfect! your instincts are right on! N

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  16. I did this not too long ago to a little lap quilt I got for Christmas from an aunt 25 years ago! My poor quilt was made out of horrible quality flannel...It is practically as thin as tissue now, and it didn't have a separate binding just a folded over edge. It looked just like yours, holes everywhere! I'm glad I was able to give it a little more life, because for some reason, I am really attatched to it!

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