I have almost finished my Ikebana/Sashiko quilt, and had some difficulties toward the end that were my own fault, but which reminded me that over the years I have learned a great deal about fabric properties and how to work with them to get results I want. Sometimes, I don’t succeed, but almost always it is because I skipped a step or substituted another technique to try it out.
In this case, I failed to back the border with the same fusible interfacing I backed the blocks with in the central section. I thought I could get away with this because I was using a temporary spray adhesive attaching it to the batting. It didn’t work. The border stretched, the stitching looked horrible, and it wasn’t the machine’s fault. I ended up cutting the border down to only 3/8″ wide plus the part to be covered by the binding. Even the binding became very challenging at that point to get it on straight and true. But I have succeeded, I think, although I still have to stitch down the back of the binding by hand. If I had fused the interfacing to the border fabric, it might have had a very different outcome. In the end, however, I think I like the narrow edge of green fabric better than the wider border would have been, even if I had succeeded in what I was trying to do.
This made me think to share this little chart I worked out for my own use that I think you may find interesting. I leave it to you to determine brands and content of the stabilizers and interfacing.
What do you think about this? I’d love to hear from you.
Sew happy everyone.