Work in Progress Wednesday : Catching the false back and binding

Work in Progress Wednesday : Catching the false back and binding

At a quarter to midnight last night I finished binding the quilt.

Last week I showed how I  was tying/quilting the crazy quilt and was ready  to attach a false back to hide the mess.

Over this week past, I caught the false back to the quilt sandwich at the point of each diamond and hid that point with a bead. Each point has one of these gold disks held on with a seed bead, the threads runs through the quilt to the back where it is secured with another seed bead.

This is the bead at the back as I am working it.

This is how it looks when done. as you can see the bead at the back catches the false back to the quilt sandwich.

Stitches are NOT seen from the front. As each stitch is hidden behind a bead or button.As you can see it looks quite neat

From here on most of the techniques used are standard quilting techniques. I have not fully described these as there is oodles of information out there on how to put a quilt together and bind it. The main difference with the way I put together a crazy quilt is that I herringbone flat the seams and have a false back. (I have explained this in weeks past. Links to these explanations are at the bottom of the post)

After stitching each point of all the diamonds I added the rod pocket. The rod pocket was stitched through the false back and the real back. Of course the rod pocket takes the weight of the quilt so it would be silly to just stitch it through just the false back.

I made two long pockets so that the weight was distributed evenly. I have taken this photo on the table so you can see what I mean. The rod will hang from three points. A point each side and a point in the middle. The rod pockets run the width of the quilt.

Once the rod pocket was attached I cut out the binding on the bias. I made this from the same fabric that I used along the inside edge of the border. I pieced it together in a long strip and then bound the quilt as you would a normal quilt. The top of the rod pocket is bound into the binding.

Since I finished the quilt late last night I don’t have any full shots but plan to get some taken at the Embroiderers Guild Show tomorrow. Since I am helping hang the exhibition I am sure no one will mind if I faff around with my camera a bit.

I am demonstrating at the Guild Exhibition:

For those who are local and interested in crazy quilting I will be at the exhibition demonstrating crazy quilting for anyone who is interested. I will be there Saturday morning so if you feel like some free tips look for me and feel free to say hello.

Until then I thought readers might enjoy some eye candy.


Diamond block crazy quilt

Here is the finished quilt click on the image and you will taken to larger photo. I hope you enjoy seeing it.

The back story

If you are interested in the back story of this quilt and seeing photos of each block as it was made browse the posts  in the Diamond block crazy quilt category

Posts on How to assemble a Crazy Quilt which include;

Online Crazy Quilting Classes:

Just a quick reminder for those who are interested in taking a class with me. You will find all my classes listed under the top tab imaginatively titled Classes online you will also find information on how online classes are run.


  1. Sharon… the diamond project is spectacular! Please do allow me to add my appreciation to you for your generosity of sharing your work and instruction on the web. That is an amazing gift to stitcher wanna-bees. Sometimes we ‘look’ and ‘gain’ from others’ work, but forget to thank. Please be assured you are so appreciated!

    Joyce Boudreau
  2. That is just stunningly beautiful. I wish I were not halfway around the world, so that I could come to see it in person. Thanks again for sharing so many of your unique construction techniques here. Having your blog as a resource is making me think that maybe I could get through a project like this, too.

    dawn draper
  3. I am great fan of you Sharon.Whenever I have a doubt in my work I open your site for reference.I do some embroidery but only on dresses for my daughter.I dont do it on bed linens as I am from India it is not dust free like US.I am now in the US for my daughters second delivery and was going through yuor blog.What are the lessons you take in the online classes.Is it for begginers?
    Tell me more about it.
    Mahalakshmi 🙂 my name is a little hard to pronounce for you RIGHT!

  4. I’ve been using your stitching guide forever, but this is the first time I’ve come to your blog… WOW… inspirational! Love your work, and thank you, thank you, thank you, for your stitch guide. I’ve linked to your stitching guide through Wee Folk Art’s FaceBook page. You’re the best!

  5. Congratulations on finishing, Sharon. I think it is beautiful and is going to be greatly admired at the show. Thank you for sharing the journey with us, it has been a pleasure to watch first the individual blocks and then the creation of the quilt.

    I hope the show is well attended and successful after everyones hard work.

  6. Thanks everyone for your praise and comments. I must admit to enjoying them thoroughly.

    Aida I use a cheapie digital camera but it has good lens. The camera is a Lumix and made by Panasonic. The lens is a Leica

    Sharon B
  7. Sharon, congratulations on completing THE quilt. Also many thanks for all the final assembly details. They have been appreciated. I would love to come to the display but Brisbane is a little too far away!

    Ruth Palsson
  8. Oh, WOW! That is just amazing. I am taking your encrusted crazy quilting class and can’t wait for it to start. Thanks so much for sharing all your beautiful work and all of your how-to’s. It’s much appreciated. i just love your work.

    Debby Holman

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