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Scrapbuster – A Finish! & Binding How-To

Meadow Quilt (Large)

Finally – I quilted and bound my leader-ender green scrappy quilt, “Meadow.” I wanted to practice using my BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) so I quilted this one myself. I began by quilting it rather close and continued that pattern – it was a lot of quilting! I’m not giving any close-up shots of this one. Doesn’t matter really – it served its purpose.

quilting (Large)

I put a lot of hours into it and am ready to move on to something else with my quilting. I prefer to keep it small though. No matter what I do to the surface of my sewing surface, it does not slide nicely. And, I don’t really want to quilt big quilts. I love the soothing green of this quilt. It will be my “travel” quilt – cozy in the car and extra warmth when going to weekend sew-ins.

BINDING HOW-TO – I’m taking this opportunity to share how I have been doing my bindings. I am no longer able to hand stitch the second sides of my bindings unless it is a small wall hanging or art quilt. Unfortunately, my hand cramps.  I’ve taken tips and pieces from several other quilters and have come up with my method. I prepare my binding but do not fold it in half. I put it on a handy roll that my hubby and I came up with. It goes around my neck and the binding never tangles or gets in the way. I love this gadget! I have several of the tubes, so as soon as I complete a quilt top, I prepare the binding and roll it onto the tube.

Binding on Roll (Large)Sew the binding onto the right side of the quilt, mitering the corners and joining the ends.

On the front of the quilt, press the binding open, flat.

Turn the quilt over. Doing one side at a time, first turn the binding over to the back side of the quilt and press down. Then apply a very thin line of Elmer’s White School Glue (have never tried another glue and I understand this is the only one to use!).

Turn and Press (Large)Glue Line (Large)

Press the binding down. On the right side of the quilt, stitch in the ditch at the binding and quilt edge. It will catch on the back.

stitch in ditch (Large)Back side of binding (Large)

Repeat for the other 3 sides.Take a couple of hand stitches on each turned corner.

You’re done! A quilt binding done in a fraction of the time it takes to hand sew. The added benefit is that it will last forever – especially good for baby and kid quilts!

None of my other projects are even close to being complete. This is the first time in a long time this has been the case. Guess I need to get busy!!

Layered Hexies, Halved

hexie front (Large)

This will be my last hexie posting for quite some time! I had two packs of ten inch squares of a Joel Dewberry fabric that is so colorful. The fabric shouted for something fun and not too difficult. I cut hexagons in three different sizes. Layered some with two and others with three.

layered hexie (Large)

These were then straight stitched appliqued about 3/8″ from the edges. Each layered hexie was cut in half, point to point. Then the fun really began – to the design wall! I played and played then began sewing rows together. No “Y” seams as you can see by my illustration.

hexie sew diagram (Large)

I had lots of scraps left and was adamant about not adding them to my scrap bins, so I began to “make fabric.” It made quite a sizeable panel for the backing. I like the back as much as the front of this quilt. This would make a nice child sized lap quilt, but for now, it is on one of my quilt racks. It makes me happy to look at it.

Hexie Back (Large)

Quilting Hack – Thread Tip

Do you use the large cones of thread? Do you have a fancy thread holder or need to purchase one? Here’s a great tip!

 Turn your cone over, find a small spool of thread that fits snugly inside – Voila! Your cone of thread can now fit on your spindle. Save your next empty spool and always have it on hand. No more need to have an extra piece of paraphernalia on your sewing table. This makes it easier for traveling to classes, sew-ins and retreats. And, it costs nothing extra!

Large cone on sewing machine spindle!

Large cone on sewing machine spindle!