Fine Tuning a Finish

Sometimes when I look at quilts I’ve finished I fall in love with them all over again. Others serve to remind me of something that I wished I’d done differently….  This quilt has/had both of those qualities.


Beaver Island Revisited – Again

I started this in September 2013 at the final Beaver Island Quilt Retreat. It remained unfinished until October of last year when I ripped most of it apart and virtually started over. I was thrilled with how it came together the second time but not so thrilled with the binding.


The variety of the triangles is one of my favorite parts

Detail of Triangles and Quilting

Detail of Triangles and Quilting









I intended to do a wide binding like those on Amish quilts. I got the width right but instead of sewing on 4 individual sides, I mindlessly made my usual continuous binding….. The corners were weird but I finished it anyway.

Fast forward a year and I decided that the binding just had to be redone. Rather than take the entire binding off the quilt, I picked out the seams at each corner and cut off the binding, leaving a quarter inch to tuck under on all four of the long sides. I then took off the bottom and top binding, added the little bit of length to both of them and sewed the binding on again. Voila! The quilt binding has four squared corners and I am truly and totally in love with it all over again – no twinges of regret.





Such a satisfying finish! Linking up with Amanda Jean for finish it up Friday.

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