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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Serging quilt edges before binding

I have been using wool battings for all my recent quilts and wall hangings. One aspect of this is the puffiness of the sandwich. This is a good thing, as it gives definition to the quilting and a lovely quilty aspect to the finished piece.

However, it can be a challenge to get the edges even when applying the binding. My solution is to serge the edges of the sandwich, and then to apply the binding. It works very well, and makes the binding easy to apply with an accurate 1/4 inch width.

Here you can see the puffy edge of the quilt sandwich.

I hope that you can see the "before" to the right of the serger foot, and the "after" to the left. I am using neutral grey thread.

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