Maya’s Quilt

fullsizeoutput_2a87I made this quilt as a gift for my oldest granddaughter and gave it to her on her 19th birthday. My daughter, pieced this simple rail fence top together when she was in high school, but never finished it. It got passed to me and I’ve held on to it for years.IMG_4384Now that I’ve taken up the art of quilting, finishing this quilt as a gift for my granddaughter was high on my list of projects. It didn’t take long to find a suitable fabric from our quilting guild stash for the backing. It looks like it came from the same era, the 90’s!fullsizeoutput_2a8dI tried a new free motion quilt pattern, a meandering loopy design with occasional flowers. It worked out very nicely, although, it took about 8 hours to quilt.fullsizeoutput_2a8bI used my tried-and -true binding method, which is stitched on by machine. It looks so pretty with the tiny contrasting flange edge. I probably will never hand sew another binding, since this looks so wonderful. It is stronger and also practically invisible.

fullsizeoutput_2a90 You use 1 1/4 in strips for the binding, and 1 1/2 in strips for the flange. The strips are sewn together, seam pressed, and then folded in half. The flange fabric faces up and is sewn to the back side of the quilt. When you fold it over to the front, the binding fabric covers the edge and just a tiny edge of the flange fabric extends out. You can machine stitch in the ditch, and it turns out wonderfully!

Needless to say, my granddaughter was delighted with her new quilt and it’s history: top pieced by Mom at age 17, completed by Grandma 20 years later.fullsizeoutput_2a93




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6 Responses to Maya’s Quilt

  1. Chris says:

    That is such a lovely present. Your granddaughter will cherish it forever!

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  2. Jenny lark says:

    Lovely quilt and so nice to get it finally finished. What do you mean by a flanged edge?

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    • zibergirl says:

      The binding is made from two pieces, one 1 1/2 and one 1 1/4 sewn together, then the whole thing is folded in half. Because one side is slightly larger, it sticks out a tiny bit (the flange part). On the front side of the quilt, you stitch in the ditch between the flange and the binding. Thanks for commenting!


  3. Anny says:

    Great story and a quilt that’s basically an heirloom!

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  4. What a very special quilt, Barbara!

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  5. says:

    Beautiful quilt! Think our women’s group is coming over Tuesday nite to fill out postcards. Best, Ann


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