The first of the ‘search for peace’ quilts is now bound. I hand-pieced the binding from 2″ widths of various fabrics, and as luck would have it, pieced exactly the right length.  No need for extra pieces to be added at the end, and no waste.  Isn’t it satisfying when that happens?

I’ll add some of the black and cream silk yarn around the edge of the binding, just to tie in with the edges of the pieced strips. This is quite a large quilt, by my standards: about 1 yard square. It has cotton muslin in place of batting so is substantial in feel, but not padded. There are two more quilts of a similar size in process and at least another one in planning. I don’t have a title for this one yet.

I added a little more seeding to the centre of the circle, using Valdani cotton perle no. 8.

In between attending to the binding of this quilt, we had another unrelated boundary issue over the weekend, which made it necessary for us to spend two days repairing our garden fence. Not exactly what we had planned for this weekend, but due to some drunken vandalism by persons unknown, we had little choice. I was surprised by how disturbing it can be to see a boundary so completely demolished. I should probably have taken photographs.

Stitching this binding somehow made the fence repair feel more complete.

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14 Responses to Boundaries

  1. Jacky says:

    I’ve so enjoyed reading your posts. I love your cirlce nine patches, especially the one in the natural linen with the black stitching and Peace Cloths are wonderful. All of that paper piecing….you amaze me! I havent tried paper piecing yet, but must give it a go.

    Loving all of your stitching.

    Jacky xox

    • Karen Turner says:

      Paper piecing is my favourite kind of patchwork, Jacky. It does take a little longer, but can be very relaxing and is also very portable. I like to use freezer paper for the papers because you can iron it on and it stays there until you’re ready to tack it. This is especially good for very tiny pieces. Some of mine are half an inch square, so would be very fiddly if the paper didn’t stay still.

  2. Rachel says:

    I’m sorry to hear of the trouble with the fence. Even sober people can be thoughtless, but once get them drunk…

    Still, at least the binding on the quilt worked out perfectly!

  3. maggi21 says:

    What a gorgeous piece. I love the seed stitching. Sorry to hear about your fence seems nowhere is safe from mindless vandalism these days.

  4. chris gray says:

    i love the hand stitching on this…

  5. Linda D. says:

    Do love this, and your other work. Beautiful.

  6. serenapotter says:

    oh i’m so sorry about your fence.
    this is exactly how i felt about the driveway damage
    the new renters caused
    it’s violating
    in the oddest way.

    i do love your quilt though
    and again so very sorry

    • Karen Turner says:

      Your post about the driveway was very powerful, and yes, I think I have some idea of how you felt. Seeing the fence and gate smashed and lying dead on the path was almost like a physical blow. Surprising how upsetting it was. But all better now – fingers crossed.

  7. Jan Marriott says:

    and satisfying to look at, as well. Seed stitch/texture very nice.

  8. Deborah says:

    So lovely and tranquil.

  9. tina slipper says:

    wow!, your work just gets better and better,beautiful detail, a very thoughtfull piece,,comiserations on your fence,serena is right, it is violation…

  10. Penny says:

    This is beautiful – certainly lives up to its name because it is so very peaceful. I love circles – those unending connections that just go round and round.

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