Today I took a private lesson in binding from one of the LQS instructors who happens to live basically across the street. Doing a good binding has been so mystifying to me and I've seen so many tutorials on how to do it, that I was just bungling it up time and time again. It was so frustrating to see my beautiful and time-consuming pieced quilt top get uglied up by my unprofessional looking binding. But, I am happy to report that the private lesson paid off and was worth ten times the price I paid for it! Exhibit A:
I have never met a more perfect mitered corner on any quilt I've ever put binding on! Here's a photo of the complete quilt. It's quite small--made with some leftover Deb Strain Love Is In The Air charms--and my 2 year old has already staked a claim to it. I attached the binding to the back and have pinned it all down to the front except for a small 6 inch piece where I ran out of pins!!! I plan to machine sew it to the front tonight after bedtime.
I also have ratcheted up my machine quilting skills and have branched out from just quilting squiggles. This time I did nice little flourishes and curliques all over and it looks pretty great!
And I also finished up this table topper that I made for my cousin. I have a square table topper of the same fabrics on a round table in our living room that she's admired before, so I made this one for her kitchen table. I plan to give it to her for Mother's Day.
And I'm also partial to the quilting on this one as well. I tried to make viney leaves on the back of this (it's backed with brick red linen) and I quite like it, too. After my lesson in binding today, I've decided to sign up for a machine quilting class next month.