WIP: And Now We Bind

This weekend we had some out of town guests from Washington State. The house was in a major state of disarray as we bumbled along making room for two more bodies in our little condo. One of our guests was my niece who turned 10 just the week before. This trip to California was her gift and we were excited to have her.

I was super excited because the Peaceful Planet quilt was for her! And the whole thing was coming together smoothly, until last Wednesday when I put the layers together and the whole things went wonky. Not only that but my camera broke too. I made it work anyways and promised myself to finish it in time for her to take it home.

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While I was fighting with the damn layers, I was pleased to find that I had enough binding and wouldn’t have to make more! I can’t explain how much this made my day! Not that binding is a pain to make but it was one step I wouldn’t have to take because it was already done. And from what I could tell, the colors were going to work out really well.

That was Wednesday and as of today I’m stuck. Yes stuck. As I worked on the binding and started to wrap up this monstrous quilt (my first full sized quilt) I broke my needle! The damn thing just snapped! So I rooted around and found a few machine needles and popped one in. Within a few minutes that needle had an issue too! I couldn’t figure out why my machine was hitching up so badly until I looked closely at the very tip of the needle and found that it was bent at an angle! Just the very tip of the needle had bent, nothing else was wrong with it but it was catching the fabric as it went through the layers. What a bummer!

So that was needle #2. I moved onto #3 and crossed my finger that it would be the last one and then this thing would be finished because my niece and son were about to go to bed and I wanted to gift it to her. NOPE! I used that needle for a bit until SNAP!!! It broke, too.

I have a feeling it’s due to the weight of the whole blanket pulling against the needle and just snapping it right off. I’m down to one needle left but I think I’ll need to stock up on more if I want this thing finished.

Sadly, my niece left Monday and without the blanket. I did present it to her and explained to my sister-in-law the issue I had but I promised to finish it soon and to send it to her ASAP! She seemed thrilled to be getting her own blanket and I can’t wait to wrap this project up, pack it into a box and ship it off to her.

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8 thoughts on “WIP: And Now We Bind

  1. What size needle are you using? I use a 90/14 topstitch needle, no matter what thread I have, for quilting and it seems to be sturdy and the large eye helps the thread feed smoothly while free motion quilting.

      • OOoooh Lisa you rock! Thanks so much for the heads up! I super appreciate the link and your input. I’ll need new needles now that I’ve lost most of them to this binding and now I’ll know what to buy!

  2. Glad to see Lisa passed along some needle number info and was able to help “point” you in the right direction! That bright yellow binding is the perfect frame for your quilt and looks great in contrast to the dark blue. Hope you have better luck with the new needles!

    • Thanks Lorna! I got lucky and made it through the rest of the binding to finish the quilt without breaking my last needle but I’m definitely going to pay more attention to the needle sizes now that I have a little more understanding about them. Who knew I was using the wrong size for binding this whole time?

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