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Red, Black & White Finish

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Put together, these are three dramatic colors. It’s pretty obvious why I named this one “Planetary.” Actually, hubby named it per my request. There was a lot of arranging and rearranging of strips on the design wall before sewing together. Then there was deciding where to join the strips. It was a bit challenging and a lot of fun. Mostly, I worked from my stash. I just happened to have a design roll of black and white fabrics which helped a lot. I didn’t need big pieces of reds, so those came from my scrap bins. I did sew all the circles on by hand, but looking back I could have easily fused them. I do like the turned edges though. For the back I used up large pieces. And yes, I do still have black and white fabrics and some reds. They just never go completely away, do they? (Pattern from Victoriana Quilt Designs)

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I’m all ready for Christmas, so I’ll probably have time for another finish, maybe two. Must admit, though, bindings are becoming just a bit tedious! Fortunately, having a project finish outweighs that by quite a bit!

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I know not everyone has a busy, busy schedule during the holidays, and maybe you’ll be enjoying some great sewing time. Others will have a packed schedule with friends and family. Ours is somewhat in between, but on a grand scale: quiet. Sewing with Christmas music playing will be much enjoyed. Wishing you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

NOTE:  There is still room in the Quilt & Sew-In Fall II – Please join me for a really fun time!

Today I’m linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts and My Quilt Infatuation. Hop on over to see all the great works!!

 

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!!

Pop! Garden

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That’s the name of the fabric by Free Spirit and it’s what I have named this quilt. It is all too fitting.  I love the brightness and boldness of the colors. This is a strip quilt that I did on a phone book paper foundation. I am working on several gifts that I plan to give this summer, so have been doing fairly easy patterns.  This was easy, but did become a bit tedious towards the end. I chose to do the Magic Binding method, giving me a bright yellow flange and all done by machine. This is going to a family with young ones so it needs to be durable.

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This is a quilt I hope they will cuddle in and maybe even bring on a picnic or two! I am doing a total of five different gift quilts – two more to go!

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