Next came time to figure out how to bind the quilt. There are 8 million epp tops out there and only THREE that are finished ;) ....and even fewer that are finished with the edges left with the hexy edges. (does that make sense?)
Anyhoots, I found a tutorial over at Badskirt HERE. I started by making a mirror border of the front hexies.
I needed 54 more 1.5" hexies to make my hexy binding. Once they were basted, I laid them out on top of the "top border of hexies" to arrange them before I hand sewed them up (you can see the "hexy binding" in the picture below. They are upside down and still have the papers in them.).
Next I hand stitched the "binding hexies" all together to make a bid hexy ring :) (sorry I didn't get a shot of the ring of "binding hexies")
Once the binding hexies were in a giant ring, I hand stitched the "top hexies" to the ring of "binding hexies" along the outside edge.
Then I cut away the extra backing fabric and batting to meet the edge of the quilt. I found tracing a line was helpful!
Finally I flipped the binding hexies over to the back of the quilt.
You probably have the idea ;D
Next came the hand stitching of the "binding hexies" to the back of the quilt.
See my needle at the bottom of the picture below?
This is how the front looks now :)
I have started my hand quilting on the bangles.
I am using size 12 white pearl cotton.
I'm really liking the quilting :) ...even though it is pretty "organic" ;D
I am a bit worried about hand quilting the borders. There is a TON of fabric on the edges. I'll probably need piers to get the needle through :/ Should I quilt the edge in white or navy? I am leaning toward navy. Thoughts?
Here are a few shots of the back side.
I decided to use left over scraps from my Shore Thing and Going Coastal stash.
It's busy, but I like it :)