Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Galaxy Quilt Secrets Revealed: Quilting & Binding

Care to space out with me? In today's installment outlining techniques used to create the Galaxy Quilt, I'm be orbiting the topics of quilting and binding. Check out my previous posts in case you missed them.


For the quilting, I used spiral variation using a matching thread. 50 wt was used for the top and 80 wt was used in the bobbin. I left the planets unquilted so they would pop, but stitched around them to define the shape of the planets on the back of the quilt.

Instead of ending the center of the spiral in a u-turn or a point before changing direction, I made a circle before coming out of the spiral.

If I had a tight space to fill, I would use S-curves or C-curves.

Faux Flange Binding

To create the faux flange binding, I cut the flange fabric 5/8" wide and the main fabric 2 1/2" wide. I connected the 5/8" strips end to end, and did the same with the 2 1/2' wide strips these end to end. I sewed the 5/8" strip to the 2 1/2" strip.

 I trimmed the seam allowance to 1/8" to reduce bunk using an Add An Eighth and pressed it toward the flange fabric. I then pressed in half with the wrong sides together. I machine sewed the binding to the front with the flange portion facing the top. I hand-stitched the binding to the back using 80 wt Aurifil.

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  1. Very pretty quilt. Excellent quilting.

  2. I really like your quilting on it. It’s perfect for the quilt.

  3. So great to see all those outer space gasses and vapors come to life as swirls and C-curves on your quilt. I really love the quilting, and hope it was fun to do. Super job on the binding--that faux flange looks great. I can't believe that you are getting anything done! It's summer and you have a house full of kids. I thought you'd be at the pool, or watching Toy Story 4 with the gang. Thanks for showing us this space quilt. :)