The fabulous Shabby Chic Quilt is completed — binding and all! I think the stripes frame the quilt beautifully. I have yet to find or come up with an acceptable way to finish the binding by machine — I do attach the binding by machine but the final step I do by hand using an applique stitch. Next quilt I will try a blind stitch (by hand) to see if it goes a little faster. It is so satisfying to have completed the entire quilt – start to finish – myself.
This photo show the backing that I chose. It is a Moda by Three Sisters called Vienna Nights. I always try to pick a backing that has a lot going on — most times it will coordinate but sometimes it’s fun to have a total surprise on the back. The busy back keeps from showing off the quilting starting and stopping points as well as hiding mistakes that would glare on a quiet or solid background.
If you are a perfectionist stitcher — there is one major error in the quilting but I doubt anyone will ever find it!! Enjoy the process and that will make your finished project oh so cozy. Finished is better than perfect.