If you would have told me that I would EVER, ever, put a binding on any of my art quilts again, I would have laughed. And here I am sewing fourteen feet of double-fold binding on Boundary Waters 52. It just goes to show that you really shouldn’t say never.
I finished BW 52 (at least I think it is done – I painted a little bit on it since finishing stitching it and it may need just a touch more. See below!), squared it up and contemplated the multi-texture edge of the art quilt. There were single layers, double layers, triple layers of painted and dyed cotton fabric fabric; velvet; polyester; shredding duck cloth, . . . . Need I say more?
I taught myself quilt making by making 50+/- traditional quilts. I never followed a pattern, but I always put a double-fold binding on them. It is binding that will last and last and gives a very sturdy edge. But when I started painting my own fabric and making art quilts, I became committed to doing only that which fulfilled my vision. So bindings, why?
I like a fuzzy, wild edge. It’s FABRIC! I like to show that this is a medium that’s vibrant, textured, alive. I sometimes put a note in with one of my more shaggy art quilts going to a non-textile gallery: “Shredding and shedding are good.” I imagine that causes some eyebrows to be raised.
But I had to come down on the side of doing what I needed to do with Boundary Waters 52. If an edge is a distraction or will lead to the piece disintegrating or hanging incorrectly, then it just is not the right edge.
So I looked up the right width to cut fabric for a double-fold binding, cut some lovely blue-dyed fabric, seamed it, pressed it, sewed it on the front of the quilt, and miterrf those corners ever so beautifully. Then I very happily sat on my Blue Moo and stitched away by hand.
SPECIAL NOTES: Sorry I can’t show more of this artwork, but it is an entry that can’t be shown quite yet. Since I wrote this, I spent a lot of time and a lot of oil paint sticks covering just about every surface. Everything you see in the detail photo above is basically gone.
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