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Finished Quilt and Final Link Up // Retro Rubies QAL


I absolutely love the crisp clean look of using white Kona Cotton in a quilt. But as I sit here and stare at this beautiful finished Retro Rubies quilt I am not sure how in the world with two children under four I will keep the quilt truly white, haha. At any rate I had a really wonderful time making another version of the Retro Rubies quilt.

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IMG_8468_smWhen I was quilting I switched back and forth between my walking foot and free motion quilting foot. Between each flower I quilted a diamond shape filled with pebbles and wavy lines. I had planned to quilt almost every square inch, but I decided to make it more of a comfy fluffy quilt because I know adding really dense quilting can take away some of the comfort factor.

IMG_8466_smFor this quilt I used curved bias binding. I had begun making the binding when my friend Bari J. mentioned on Instagram she was watching a 5 part video by Sharon Schamber on Curved Bias Binding and the timing could not have been any better. I already use a method very similar to Sharons for my regular binding, but in this video tutorial Sharon points out a few tips that were VERY helpful for curved binding.

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One of the crucial steps to a beautiful curved binding is using inward miters, which in the quilting world I have never heard of until this week. Sharon shows you how to stitch the inward miters by hand in the tutorial. I started off doing the first four by hand, but my hands were killing me so I gave it a try on machine and it was a success! I am very glad I challenged myself to try another new technique and will definitely use it often.

Final Quilt Stats

  • Finished Size: 66" x 68"
  • Fabric: Flea Market Fancy, Kona Cotton Solids, and misc prints
  • Thread: 50wt Aurifil 2309
  • Binding: Bias Curved Binding

Link Up!

I really enjoyed quilting along with you all! If you are still working on your Retro Rubies project than you stil have time to finish. You can link up your projects starting today until July 4th at 12pm. On July 5th public voting will begin. Final winners will be announced Monday July 7th. Linking up your finished project puts you in the running for some of these amazing prizes! To see the whole list of prizes visit the prize post.

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  I can't wait to see your finished projects! 
Alyssa

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  • Andrea Franklin says...

    Alyssa, your quilt came out perfectly lovely! Great job…once again.. This one has a touch of a more traditional calico added to the very modern prints and solids…so well done. And yes, I love Kona white too! It really frames things so well…gives your eye plenty of space to rest.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Abby says...

    Alyssa – I LOVE your quilt! I love the curved binding, it is perfect for this pattern.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Vera says...

    Oh, I love your binding! That is lovely!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Alice says...

    That is sensational! The curved edge was a brilliant addition!

    On August 20, 2014

  • cindy j says...

    Love the way your quilt turned out. Scrappy is my favorite. I also like the gentle curved edge….nice choice.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Rachel at Stitched in Color says...

    Ooooh, I love the curved binding. How beautiful!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Heather says...

    Wow. That quilt is stunning. I just LOVE it.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Hilarie says...

    Beautiful! I really love how you did the curved binding.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Ramona says...

    Your quilt is just beautiful! The fabrics, the color and movement are wonderful and the curved bias is a perfect finish.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Cindy says...

    Oh my gosh! It is absolutely gorgeous!!! I wish my schedule would have permitted me to do this quilt along. I wanted to so badly, but work has been taking up a lot of my time, along with different swaps I’ve been in. This is one of the most beautiful quilts I’ve ever seen! Great job!!!

    On August 20, 2014

  • amy g says...

    Gorgeous! Especially love the binding :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Malini says...

    Beautiful quilt, Alyssa! I love the colors your choose on the white background.
    So, true with little ones at home white would be tough but still looks great though :-).

    Enjoy!
    Thanks for sharing Sharon’s binding tutorial. Wow! I was amazed with the amount of effort she puts to make it perfect.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kathleen says...

    Beautiful job! I thought right away that must have been a lot of work to bind. Then I viewed the video! Yikes! As soon as she made that little clip with the scissors through the binding I literally gasped! No way would I attempt that because I’m sure I would clip it too far and all my hard work would be for naught! But yours certainly turns out great!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Hilarie says...

    Beautiful! I love the colors and the curved binding is perfect.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Taryn says...

    Beautiful work Alyssa! The curved edge really adds something special to the quilt! I love both the front and the back!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Bradley Cadek says...

    Thanks for adding the link for the basting tutorial. This was the first time I’ve tried hand basting (not counting horrible safety pins) and it was soo quick, easy and painless, and held together very well!

    What was everybody’s favorite curve piecing method? I tried all three and ended up using no pins or glue, just guiding the fabric through slowly.

    Thanks and good luck everyone!

    -Brad

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kell says...

    Gorgeous & I really love the curved binding!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Bradley Cadek says...

    OMG I love it!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Malini says...

    Forgot to mention, just curved binding looks just AWESOME!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Dawn says...

    Your newest quilt so really lovely! After seeing this one I might now be tempted to make one of my own.
    Have a great weekend!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Marilyn says...

    That quilt is gorgeous!!! Lovely binding!!!

    On August 20, 2014

  • mell-meyer says...

    that binding ist really gorgeous !!!

    On August 20, 2014

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Welcome to the Pile O’ Fabric blog, my name is Alyssa Lichner, I live in sunny Gilbert, AZ. I am a freelance web and graphic designer turned avid sewist. I write modern quilting tutorials and share techniques and inspiration here at Pile O’ Fabric… Read More

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