Saturday, December 27, 2008

Taihei Quilt Completed !!

Taihei Quilt

I've finished Taihei quilt!

Taihei Quilt

Thanks so much for all of you who gave me advice on
the binding tape color. It seems the polka dots border
looked like black/white in the last post, but it's
actually dark brown/white. I ended up with brown/white
plaid fabric to make binding out of.

Taihei Quilt

I really wanted to do machine-quilting for this,
but I was way too intimidated with the thought that I
could ruin the patchwork pattern by stretching all over.
I attempted at "stitch in the ditch" along the seams
at first, but even that did warp the top layer, so
I decided to do hand-quilting along the polka dots borders.

Taihei Quilt

I am very happy about how this backing turned out.
If you feel like there should be pockets to put
colored pencils, I feel the same way ;)
I see the colored pencil rolls everywhere in the
blogsphere. I believe they are all made based on the
tutorial in Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson.
I snatched this great idea from the book too.
It was so much fun to pick out the fabric to create this layer.

Taihei Quilt

I tried double-binding for the first time and I loved it.
It is such an easy way to make binding tapes and to attach
to the quilt edges. Even working on the corners was easy.
Some of the links that helped me learn this way of binding are
Amandajean's binding tutorial as well as this YouTube video.
Thanks so much for the great tutorials!!
I know I'll choose double-binding for any binding from now on.

Taihei Quilt

I made this fabric label using printable fabric.
Nice to see my own name on my own creations...;)

Now that I am comfortable with binding and I have lots
of time to sew, I am confident that my next posting is
going to be about my penguin quilt completed.

I am leaving for a trip to L.A. tomorrow and will be
back on New Year eve, so I won't see you until the next
year here. Have a happy New Year, happy sewing + quilting!

Thanks for reading!


  1. It's beautiful! The plaid binding is cute with the polka dot border and I love your tag! I need to get some printable fabric. :P

    Happy New Year!

  2. oh your quilt is absolutely GORGEOUS!! amazing work!!!

  3. It's beautiful! You did a great job.

  4. That is the happiest quilt I've seen in a long time! Super work, Ayumi! Thanks for sharing.

  5. what a beautiful quilt! you did a nice job on it.

  6. Lovely quilt! and the binding works well....perfect with the polka dots! well done! Have a happy new year.....!

  7. Another fabulous way to do double binding with checked or striped fabric is to cut it on the bias, gives a whole new dimension to the finished look!

  8. I love your quilt...and the binding is perfect! The back is so fun and happy! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Very cute quilt! And thanks for the info on the book, I'll definitely look into it. I for one will hopefully finish a quilt this new year. Wish me luck!

  10. I like your quilt a lot -- great style! Love your use of color.

  11. it is soooo cute! great job! how did you make your own label?

  12. Your workmanship is impecable! I just know the recipient will LOVE it.

  13. Just discovered your blog (a link to your basket tutorial somewhere...?) ans i love it. such beautiful fabric, such nice quilts!
    I will certainly come by again!
    Amélie / from Lyon, France.

  14. You're so new to everything you try, and yet it is all beautiful. You must have huge patience. I work too fast and mess up and keep going until I give up. :)

  15. I adore the handquilting in this project! Ytour work is so nice, I enjoy reading your blog. I just stumbled upon it recently. I also tagged you for a little game, so play along if you like....

    ~ craftyblossom

  16. That looks amazing! I love the multi-colored backing! Happy New Year to you too:)


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