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Sunday, May 29, 2016
I can't get any more detailed about my blindstitching than this photo. It shows several things:
1. How I work "inside" the edge between the binding and the quilt.
2. How I pull the thread back, and hold it between my fingers to reveal that inner area where I stitch.
3. How I insert my needle in the quilt just behind where it came out of the binding.
4. The general size of my stitches. Actually in this photo the stitch out of the binding is a bit small for me. I try to make the size of the stitches even - usually between 1/8 and 1/4 of an inch (between three to six millimeters).
5. My pins and the placement of them. These are the pins I really like, but can no longer find. They are steel pins, and very, very fine.
6. When I approach to within 1-1/2" (4 cm) of a pin, I remove it.
7. Thread color. I do all (and I mean ALL) of my piecing with a light grey thread. I'm at the point now where I'm doing all my finish binding sewing with light grey thread if the binding and the quilt are two different colors (as they are here with yellow and teal). If the quilt and binding are both white, I'll use white. If they're both black, I'll use black. Otherwise, it's grey. Light grey disappears equally well on light as well as dark fabrics. Besides, what the hell? If my blindstitching is invisible, it doesn't matter what color I use.
8. You can click the photo, and then double click again to make the photo supersize so you can see every single tiny little detail.