Aesthetically, this hasn't been my favorite quilt to make~ because it's a bit too scrappy (not quite matchy enough) for my taste. But I keep reminding myself that Ella chose every piece and placement and that it has more meaning than any other quilt I've made, and I know that she loves it. And that's what's important.
This is the first time I've tied a quilt, rather than machine-quilting the top. (Jodi~ I kept thinking of our on our girls' retreat, with your cute quilt and you, there- cutely tying away!) I used embroidery thread and I love how it turned out. I might just do it this way every time. It makes the quilt less stiff overall and more cozy, I think.
Stitching the binding is always my favorite part. I love the cozy, quiet, sewing-by-hand that it requires. I think I like it best because it can be mobile (I no longer have to be at my sewing machine) so I get to move to the couch and happily sew while Mark is reading aloud to the kids in the evenings. [Current read-aloud: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. And we all love it.] Having the quilt laying across my lap while I do the finishing work gives me the opportunity to admire it-- not my sewing, by any means. There are lots of little flaws I see where the pieces don't meet up just so!-- but the fabrics and the colors and how it all looks as it comes together in final form. I think things like: Oh! That blue fabric for the edge that Ella chose looks so good right next to this particular piece of fabric! And I secretly choose my favorite fabrics next to one another or the best set of four. Kind of silly, I know-- but it is so satisfying to see it all come together as a finished piece.
Here's a view of the back. The fabric on the back is from a sheet Ella had on her bed back when she had a double but now she has a twin-sized again. Ella loves it because the back is so much lighter than the front, so she feels like it's reversible and she has a Spring/Summer side and a Fall/Winter side. (How cute is she?)
My go-to links for the binding, each time I'm making a quilt, are here:
How to attach the binding to the quilt
How to sew a blind stitch (video tutorial)