Archive for February, 2010

Binding stuff

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

In one of my most recent classes, some of the students were asking about binding. I have found a few youtube videos that seem to explain the process pretty well. I do have to say that I think they do not allow enough “extra” binding when they tell you to cut your strips long enough to have 10 inches left over.  After I have squared up and measured my quilt, I cut enough strips to have about 20 inches extra in length. This extra is quickly consumed in sewing the strips together, mitering corners and occasionally having to adjust seams on the strips to avoid folding a seam into the mitered corner (neither video talks about that but its is really THICK when that happens so you want to avoid it if possible – that’s another video, I suppose). Any way, I hope these two videos are helpful. I especially like the second one that demonstrates how to sew your two ends of binding together to have a “bumpless” finish. I do believe there is a ruler out there for this technique also.

Machine Trapunto at Sew n Save

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

These ladies moved quickly on Sunday – cruising through all the steps of trapunto and barely stopping for a chocolate break! And they were very successful despite the fact I stapled their instructions together out of order!!

Diamond Star Class at Seminole Sampler

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

This group of ladies really knew their stuff and cruised through the class. The color selections were fantastic! It was a great way to spend a Saturday.

Finished quilting the BOM – now to bind….

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Here’s the back of the Quilt – it was a little hard to get a good picture but I think you can see enough to get the general idea.  Just click on the picture for a closer look. Now I have to bind it. Binding is not my favorite part of quilting….

Starry Block of the Month for February

Monday, February 8th, 2010

February’s pattern for the Sawtooth star – You will make one 12-1/2″ and four 6-1/2″ blocks.

Starry BOM Sawtooth Star

As I am doing this BOM along with everyone else, here are my finished blocks from last month and this month – And No, I haven’t done the applique block yet either!

Happy kats!

Friday, February 5th, 2010

This is Deborah’s rendition of PhatKats! She took the class at Sew n Save a few months ago – Now its done and at the quilters! She even took the time to piece the back with the extra fabric. I think the cats are wide and crazy! What fun!

Trying to get into the quilting process?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Turned around today and found the dog bonding with my fabric. Don’t really know what to make of it – does she want to enjoy the same things I enjoy? Does she just want attention?

Or is it just a comfy pillow right-smack-dab in the center of all the activity?

I shooed her off once and a couple of hours later, she was back. The second time I learned to pick up my fabric!