I made a quilt last year, following Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay pattern. When it came back from the quilter, with beautiful feathered stitches, I was going to use black, or maybe white binding. Friends visiting me this summer in Michigan advised - "Oh, use red! That would really look good." Well, the red fabric matching the other pieces in the quilt was back here in Virginia, so now the quilt is back home with me in Virginia, and I made the binding this week.
I like to cut bias binding - a lot of it, because I don't like to run out - and when I was almost ready to sew it on.......I noticed that the red was not the same color red fabric that I'd used in the Orca Bay quilt!
I dug through my red stash, and found another red, and made more sashing - a lot of it, because (see above) - and checked it to be sure before I sewed it onto the quilt. It is the right red, and looks great! My friends were right, red was the right choice.
Here's a picture of my finished Orca Bay quilt, with the lovely red binding!
I decided to name this quilt "Oy Vey Orca Bay". I don't know much Yiddish, but I like the rhyming sound of it. And Oy Vey, next time I'll look a little closer at the color of the red fabric I'm using before I cut long pieces of bias binding.
http://Humblequilts.blogspot.com Here are the four blocks I have so far:
These blocks measure 5 inches unfinished, 4.5 finished. Four blocks made, sixteen to go. Tomorrow should be a good day to work on this little gem.