New Mini UFO


I got a chance to dive into my UFO pile, and pulled out this miniature that I made probably 20 years ago.  The miniature quilt is 10 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.  The three layers were already spray-basted, and I had quilting designs laid out on tissue paper.  (Yay for the younger me who did all that work!)  So I sat down and quilted.

Mini UFO Pinwheels quilted

I went with simple designs:  made a loop-de-loop inside each block, and straight lines in the border.

Mini UFO Block Close-up

Single layer bindings are recommended for miniature quilts to help eliminate bulk.  I can’t remember the last time I added a single-layer binding to a quilt, so I did some quick research.  And here’s how I did the binding.

Adding Binding by Machine on Mini UFO

I cut the binding strip 1 1/2″ wide.  I sew the single layer of binding by machine, right sides together, to the top of the quilt and mitered the corners as usual.

Binding pressed out

Then I press the binding out.

Machine Sewn Binding close-up

Here you can see a close-up of the one layer of binding sewn to the front.

Binding From Back View

Then a view from the back after pressing.

Fold 1

I fold the raw edge of the binding to meet the raw edge of the quilt.

Fold 2

Then I fold again to cover the previous machine stitching of the binding.

Clipped bindingHand stitching binding

Adding some clips to hold the binding in place, I start stitching by hand.

Mini UFO Finished binding

And, Tah Dah!  The finished binding.  The single binding was just as easy to add as a double-layer binding, with much less bulk.  I found it easier to miter the corners, too.

Now to add a sleeve and label.

Another UFO bites the dust!

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