I’m behind on binding quilts, so I’ll be binding one a week for a while during the catch-up.
First is Arkansas Crossroads, one of my favorites among the quilts I’ve finished lately.
When I have scraps, I cut them into strips of standard width ranging from 1.5″ to 4.5″, and store them in drawers. Therefore, there were a good number of 2.5″ strips available for this quilt and it went together quickly. There are free patterns for it on the internet, but of course I drew it in EQ8. Here’s my drawing:
The good news is that EQ figures the yardage for you! I needed about 2 yards of fabric for the background, which I found in stash. The rest of the quilt top is from scraps!
The binding is black and white stripes. I buy stripes whenever I find them on sale because I love striped binding!
Name: Arkansas Crossroads
Design: Traditional, drawn in EQ8
Finished size: 50″ x 65″
Quilted by: Linda
Update on paper piecing without paper: I found featherweight sew-in interfacing, which is thin enough to see through and soft enough to make no noise at all when crumpled. Unfortunately, it is too flimsy to run through the printer and is somewhat difficult to trace on due to its softness. Also it turns out some stiffness is needed to keep small pieces from puckering when joining on a curve, and this isn’t stiff enough. So overall, not a good option. Too bad!
My goal is to quilt the 12 tops I have by the end of the year. My QB- quilting buddy loves to hand bind so she’s doing that for me. I did 2 in a week, I hope she can keep up with me!
You go, girl!
I love that striped binding, too! Your vast array of quilts using scraps is an inspiration for the rest of us scrappy piecers! Good luck on the catching up.
Haha. When I catch up on this there will be something else 🙃
This Arkansas Crossroads is on my list to make. Love the striped binding. I wouldn’t have thought of that.
I buy striped fabric when I find it on sale so I’ll have it when I need a binding.
The striping is perfect!!
Thank you 😊
Arkansas Crossroads is awesome! I love the striped binding – it finishes it nicely. I have to remember that as an option for binding. I still have the EQ software sitting on my laptop unloved. I even bought a book training me how to use it, sigh.
Oh, Tierney, just open EQ next time you’re piddling around on the computer. It’s fairly intuitive. Oh, and easy to get hooked on 🙃
I can see why this quilt is a favourite of yours — it is gorgeous.
I too collect striped fabrics for binding.
Oh, good! I’m glad to have a stripe-binding buddy 🙂