Today was pretty wet and miserable. Not really a great day for taking my quilt for a walk. I decided that rather than go to the mountains where it would probably be even wetter, I would walk to our local park. It's about a 6km (3-4 miles) round trip, so would give me a good stretch.
To cheer up the grey weather I decided to bring my latest quilt, Playtime.
On the way I saw this beautiful Kowhai tree.
Kowhai is the Maori work for yellow, and the blossoms let you know that Spring is here.
Where better to take a Playtime quilt than to the park? Here it is, at the amazing kids playground. This was a community project built by the town just before I came to live here. Nearly all the posts have the names of people who contributed.
To make this quilt I used Riley Blake's Wheels 2 range and added some solid colours. On the back is the Wheels2 playmat in canvas, so it's a reversible quilt. Here it is one the only dry surface I...
Hi and welcome to Binding 101, the final step.
Don't you love it when you get to the end of a project and know that all the hard work you have put in is finally done, and you can move guilt-free onto the next one?
Once I have my binding sewn down by machine I look forward to spending the evening quietly contemplating the enjoyment of the project, and anticipating the next, while sewing down my binding.
Love it or hate it, hand sewing does make for a lovely finish, and hopefully with these tips you will find it enjoyable.
To start off, I press my binding back.
This is what the corners will look like
Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt.
Use a fine needle to sew down your binding, this makes it easier to achieve an invisible stitch.
I use a fine applique needle #12 (Clover or Bohin brands are what I have available). These are easy to thread with the Clover desktop needle threader.
I am using Aurifil #50 cotton in Dove...
Welcome to part four of my Binding 101 tutorial.
Joining the ends of my binding was always a bit of a hit and miss affair. I used to fold one end inside the other and hope for the best. This didn't look good as it produced a lumpy, straight join when all the others were mitred and nice and flat.
I tried using various binding gadgets but could never figure out from one quilt to the next what to do, and got frustrated when I cut too much off, or cut the wrong way round.
Then one day I decided the only thing to do was to try and figure it out for myself, and I eventually came up with this method which for me is more intuitive and I can now actually remember how to do it every time!
Give it a try next time you join your binding...
Start by leaving yourself PLENTY of room to work with. I start sewing my binding 10-12" from the beginning of the strip, and leave a good 12" gap at the end. The orange pins in this photo show where I started and stopped...
Welcome to my binding tutorial. If you haven't done so yet, make sure you read parts one and two before moving on to this step.
Ok, so now we have reached a corner.
Take your quilt over to the ironing board.
Take the binding strip and fold it out to the right, making a 45 degree angle like this and press:
Keeping this fold in, fold over to the left and press.
Continue sewing from the top edge of the quilt.
Carry on all the way around, repeating this method for each of the corners.
This is what the corners will look like from the front:
Once you reach the final side, stop sewing at least 12" from where you started. Don't cut off any of the binding strip yet, we will use it in the next step when we make the mitred join.
Join me next for part four - my mitred join technique.
Welcome to part two of my binding tutorial!
We are starting with the trimmed quilt and binding strip that we prepared in part one.
Now we are going to attach the binding to the front of the quilt by machine.
First you need to set up your needle position. I like to sew my binding on with just over 1/4" (about 5/16") allowance.
Use your ruler to work out where your needle needs to be. If you have a machine where you can adjust the needle position, this is easy.
If you can't adjust your needle, work out where you need the edge of the quilt to be as you are sewing. You can mark this with a bit of masking tape.
I use my walking foot when attaching the binding.
Now lay the binding on top of the quilt with the raw edges together.
Make sure you leave a really generous allowance of binding free - at least 10" for joining at the end.
Start sewing your binding about halfway down one side of the quilt. Stitch length about 2-2.5mm.
Here is part one of my step by step binding tutorial.
I always find this the hardest part of writing instructions and patterns, so I decided to take step by step photos as I did the binding on the Modern Triangle Sampler. There are many different approaches to binding but this is the method I have tweaked over the years to suit me.
Part One - Trimming your quilt
Once the quilting is complete, trim your quilt. If there is a handy seam close to the edge, I use a ruler and measure from this seam to the outside so that I can keep this distance the same. Cut with a rotary cutter. Here I can see that if I use the 4 1/8" line on this border, I can trim the outside edge close enough so I won't see any batting when I sew on my binding.
When you get to a corner, use the ruler to keep everything square. Square corners will be your friend!
2. Preparing the binding strips
First you need to work out how many strips you...
It's a beautiful spring day here! As I drove to the foothills of the Tararua ranges this morning, I passed the quintessential New Zealand spring sight, a ewe feeding her twin lambs. What a great day to take my quilt for a walk!
I love my walks in the bush, I usually go alone and I enjoy the peace and solitude. It helps me revive and recharge my batteries before another week in the shop or behind my computer or sewing machine. Over the winter I haven't been getting out, and last week was my first walk for ages. I decided that it would be fun to bring my quilts along. So this week, that's what I did!
As I packed my backpack, I wondered how much the quilt would add to the weight I had to carry. Standing on the scales, I realised that the total of me plus backpack was still 6kg (about 12 pounds) lower than I weighed on my own this time last year, before I started my walking habit! No problem carrying that extra weight then.
This week my companion was Blue China, a quilt I made...
My uncle was a very keen photographer and his son (my cousin Phil) has kept and treasured all his family photos and slides. This week Phil posted this slide from the 1950's on his Facebook page.
As Phil says, the colours are so realistic in these slides that you could almost be in the room with them. I was so absorbed in looking at the images of, from the left, my Great Auntie Nance, Grandad and Nanny that I almost missed seeing the all- important Singer treadle behind Nanny. I expect she used it to make her 'pinny' - the only time I ever remember her without one on was at weddings.
I remember exactly where this photo would have been taken. The house was a tiny two-up two-down in Twickenham, and this was the back room. The door you can see led to the add-on kitchen which always smelled of coal tar soap and where you would find Nanny making yorkshire pudding batter in an enamel dish. Grandad would usually be found out in the garden, which was very long and where he grew his...
Here we are in September already. My Instagram feed is full of kids going back to school, or spring blossoms, depending on where in the world you live.
September means two more months until the Big Reveal! It is getting real now - one of the sample quilt tops is done and the other just has one more bit to do, then they will go for quilting.
If you are feeling like you are a bit behind, take heart. This month I have gone easy on you and there's not too much to do. So why not have a catch-up session with any of those previous blocks you haven't got round to. Make the most of the days with kids at school , or the lighter evenings, and indulge in a little sewing time....
Here are the steps for clue eight of this year's Mystery. If you are just starting, the clues are available in my Craftsy store. These give you full instructions for picking fabrics, cutting and piecing the sections.
Here is step one
Here is my section L1 all complete.
Now to make the extra parts...
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