On The Edge (Floating Squares) Is On The Wall!

On The Edge (OTE), Floating Squares wall quilt 2017. © Stephanie Boon, 2017 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

On The Edge, 2017. It’s a finish! (NB it’s a wonky photo, not a wonky hanging!)

My first hand quilted finish of 2017 is finally on the wall and it turned out great. This is the perfect spot for it!

Finding A New Home

I finished piecing the top in 2015 and then put it aside to quilt Summer Blues.

The allocated space above the sofa in the sitting room would have to stay empty for a bit longer. Time to put it in the hoop finally came round towards the end of last summer and after the long haul of Summer Blues, I thought I’d have it done in no time.

On The Edge, Floating Squares quilt on the wall 2017. © Stephanie Boon, 2017 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

This is where I thought it might hang in 2016.

Well, that didn’t happen and quilting ground to a halt again, this time because of the unexpected house move.

Fast forward a few months and it’s finally finished and hanging in pride of place in our new home. It hangs centrally between two alcoves at the back of the kitchen, almost opposite the stairs. This means it’s the first thing I see when I come down and it makes me smile every time I see it. Was it fate that we moved to this house, just so I could hang it here? I’m tempted to believe it was!

Bindings v Facings

One of the things I love most about this quilt is the finished edge. I made a facing rather than a conventional binding, so it doesn’t have a ‘frame’ around it and some of the squares are literally ‘on the edge’ (which is one of the reasons for the title).

I considered a knife edge (butted) first then realised that creates a frame effect too. It’s more subtle, but there are still stitches running in a continuous line right the way round. A facing doesn’t do that. The beauty of a facing is that your quilting design isn’t interrupted by any sort of frame at all. It looks more like a painting or canvas instead, which is just what I wanted.

I don’t see this kind of finish very often, which is curious because it looks very contemporary. It’s not a difficult technique, but there are good and bad ways of doing it. The most important thing, aesthetically, is to make sure there’s no bulk at the seam which can cause a visible ridge. I took lots of photos so I can show you how I do it (assuming you’re interested!).  I’ll sort them out over the next day or two and post a tutorial.

Have you finished a quilt with a facing before, what did you think of it? Let me know below!

Slow Sunday Stitching

It’s late in the day, but there’s still a bit of time to relax with a needle and thread before bed. And I’ve got just the thing…

Making a hand embroidered quilt label. © Stephanie Boon, 2017 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Two words to go: Cornwall, UK

Finally, A Few Quilt Details

  • On The Edge 2015 – 2017
  • Approximately 43″ / 110cm square
  • Inspired by Sherri Lynn Wood‘s Score Floating Squares
  • Pure cotton prints include Kaffe Fassett Collective (received as a birthday gift from Kim)
  • Plain orange, blues and marbled reds from stash
  • 100% cotton wadding
  • Plain blue backing fabric
  • Hand quilted in Gutterman quilting cotton threads
  • Facing edge finish
  • Hand stitched hanging tube

I’m linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching, better late than never! Have a great start to the week.

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

12 replies
    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Sophie, Kim really set the colour theme when he gave me that Kaffe Fassett fabrics for my birthday a couple of years ago…I just added some blue and orange!

  1. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    Lovely! Facing was a good way to finish this – just occasionally a quilt really needs to be left alone and a binding adds nothing. Looks like you have it in the perfect spot too.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Quite honestly Kaja it could do without all the crap going on around it – almost carefully cropped out, haha! This room needs some serious decorating and shelving sorted in the alcoves – it’s nice that this quilt hides quite a lot of the horrible plaster pink coloured walls 😀 x

  2. Bossymamma
    Bossymamma says:

    It’s lovely, Stephie, and it will keep you fit as you’ll be running up and down stairs, just so that you can look at it! Ha ha ha!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Abigail 🙂 Facing is a really nice way to finish them isn’t it, did you enjoy making them too? I’m thinking about a knife edge binding for the bunting quilt, but I might be tempted by a facing again. Got to finish it first though 😀


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