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I just finished the fish quilt and now just pray it comes out of the wash okay! This is a quilt of many firsts: First quilt done on my new Juki machine and new HQII frame, first quilt I made with scrappy binding and patchwork on the back, first use of variegated thread, and first time I've made a quilt without prewashing the fabric! I did the very simplest wavy line quilting pattern which allowed me to quilt the top in an afternoon. I changed the title to "Go Fish!" l would really like to learn how to machine sew the binding front and back. I don't mind hand sewing it to the back, but it has given me sore fingers and a sore neck! If anyone has any tips on doing that, I'd love to hear them.

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Comment by Becky F./ND on March 12, 2016 at 10:23am
Thanks so much!
Comment by Kristine in CA on March 12, 2016 at 8:55am

I found it and it's called "Gazing Into Clear Water" if you want to try to find it online. 

Comment by Becky F./ND on March 12, 2016 at 8:39am
Awesome, thanks. I found a similar free one online.
Comment by Kristine in CA on March 12, 2016 at 7:59am

Yes, Becky, there is a pattern for this.  If I remember correctly (it's been a while...), this was one of those free patterns that came in a mailer for a quilt magazine.  I'll see if I can find it in my pattern binder.

Comment by Becky F./ND on March 12, 2016 at 7:32am

Is there a pattern for this?

Comment by Dawn Hutton on April 26, 2009 at 4:40am
I have been machine binding my quilts. You stitch the binding on the back then fold to the front, using the seam line as a guide where to stitch. I have a left seam foot for my Viking machine that really helps line it up. It does take pratice and I find that if I use the blanket stitch the mistakes don't show up as bad.
Comment by Kristine in CA on April 25, 2009 at 4:27pm
Yay! It survived the wash and looks wonderful! =D
Comment by Judy/WA on April 25, 2009 at 1:17pm
Very nice! I love your colors too.
Comment by Connecting Threads on April 25, 2009 at 12:55pm
You did a great job! Love the bright colors and the back detail is fun.
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on April 25, 2009 at 10:28am
Love it - and the multicolor accent on the back is really neat! I've been taught a machine stitched binding but I've not had a lot of luck with it. You sew the folded binding on the back rather than the front (mitering the corners like usual; fold to the front and press and then stitch in the ditch from the front using a small buttonhole stitch which catches the binding on the front. I'm sure there are other ways but this is the one I've been shown. My problem is apparently I dont have the binding edges exactly in the same position front and back and when I stitch I end up "out of the ditch" on the back and it looks MESSY. So I ripped it out and did it the old way. I hope someone posts a better method as I'd like to learn too! Anyway your quilt is beautiful -- worth the sore fingers!

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