Sleeve Stitching

My 1800s repro fabric quilt named Rhett & Scarlett is finished. Yay! Cable stitching and binding was completed this past week due to all the encouragement from dear fellow quilt bloggers!

During bits and pieces of free time today on Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, I will begin to blind stitch the sleeve on quilt back which is required for hanging purposes at the shows.  I learned how to make and add a proper sleeve by watching an AQS video by Bobbie Browning.

Two fabrics were auditioned for the binding.

The matching fabric that was leftover from borders and alternate blocks was chosen.  I had barely enough to make a straight narrow binding.  Phew!  I like how it blends in and due to the print, the binding basically disappears thus creating a clean smooth edge.

Later this week, I hope to do a more detailed posting of binding along with a full photo/reveal of quilt.  R&S will hang better after full sleeve is added.  AQS quilt submissions require a full front view photograph.

There are several reasons why I personally choose to enter quilt shows.  It is not for competitive reasons as I am an average quilter.

  • It movitates me.
  • It gives me incentive to finish.
  • It challenges me.
  • It is a way to share.  I love to attend quilt shows and if no one enters their quilts, there wouldn’t be be any quilt shows.
  • It is fun and rewarding to have a quilt displayed amongst award-winning quilts even though my quilt is a few aisles over. 
  • It gives me an excuse opportunity to attend and maybe travel to a quilt show.

Should you have a finished quilt or an almost-finished quilt, please consider showing your quilt.  Online applications take just a few minutes (once the quilt is photographed).

R&S has been accepted at the National Quilters Association 45th Annual Show held May 23-25, 2014.  The NQA has just extended the entry deadline to April 8, 2014.  It is a wonderful show with quality vendors.

It was also accepted at the Sauder Village Quilt Show held April 29 – May 4, 2014.  Only a month away.  I can hardly wait to attend this popular show.

Next, I look forward to working on other sewing and needlework projects that have been put on hold while I focused on completing Rhett & Scarlett.

Also, in a couple of weeks, my blog will be getting a new name.


11 thoughts on “Sleeve Stitching

  1. Rhett & Scarlett is simply gorgeous! There was a discussion on the Celebrate Handquilting Facebook page about entering shows … not to compete but for feedback and for some of the reasons you listed. Definitely food for thought. My quilting is average, but my piecing leaves a lot to be desired (partly because I'm impatient to get the top together so I can get to the part I prefer: hand quilting).


  2. This is a lovely quilt and certainly worthy of a show. Kudos to you for entering. Our local guild has a show every two years and I agree with you. There are some masterpieces there, of course…I attended a few months ago and some of the quilts took my breath away. Those were the kind that took 2-3 years to applique and another 2-3 to hand quilt. However if only those people entered the show, it would be a very short show indeed. I enjoyed all of the variety that I saw there. That is not to say that I'd be brave enough to enter one at this moment but maybe a few quilts down the line when I get better…


  3. So excited about all you shared… I was part of that discussion Kathy mentioned in her comment… I am thinking of making a quilt just for show then to love and enjoy! I can't find anything local YET! but after reading your post it makes me want to find some shows close to my new digs so I can enter something in the future… I need to improve my piecing first! And I have a few projects to do first that were in line ahead of my newest idea! ha 🙂 So what will your new blog name be? are you moving to a new blogspot or getting a website… Karen who also commented on this link has a website she blogs from… I have been playing with that idea to get my blog more global in readership… just unsure of all of that right now for me! but sounds like you have big things going on… so excited for you! And love how you bound Rhett and Scarlett… excellent job! Kathi


  4. I like your little tutorial on adding a hanging sleeve. I thought they had to be added when the binding was put on. This good to know because I have a couple if hangings that I would like to have a hanging sleeve put in. Thanks for the information.


  5. Congrats on finishing and meeting your goal! I enjoyed reading your list of reasons to enter…. I agree wholeheartedly! So wonderful that this lovely quilt will be travelling and enjoyed by many!


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