Saturday, November 21, 2009

Binding Tutorial - Part 2

Ok, now you should have 2 loose ends. You'll need about 8-12 inches (or more) free on both ends.

Bring together the pieces, and then fold them back on themselves. Leave about an 1/8" gap where the 2 binding pieces meet. I've found this is neccesary becauase the 2 pieces will be joined on the bias, and there is a tiny amount of stretch. If you leave the small gap now, the length of the joined pieces should be just right. Without the gap, the binding usually ends up a smidge too long.

Now measure 1 1/4" from the fold, and cut to that length.

Line up your ruler on the other side, and repeat.

(If you are using a different width binding, use half of the total width for a measurement to trim each side. For example, if you start off with a 2" wide binding, now you should be cutting each end to 1" long.)

Now the ends should look like this:

Open up the ends, and lay them out as shown here. Position the right side piece on top of the left side piece, matching corner "A" to corner "B".

Pin together, and sew on the diagonal (shown in red). You may have to squish up the quilt a bit at this point to get the part you're going to sew to lay flat in the sewing machine.

Trim off the triangle, leaving a 1/4 seam.

Press the seam open. I run my fingernail along the seam, or you can use your iron.

Now you should be able to lay the quilt flat again, and it should look like this. A nearly invisible diagonal seam, that looks just like all the others. Take this back to your sewing machine, and finish up the rest of the binding.

Iron the binding away from the middle of the quilt. Here is the view from the front side now.

Starting in the middle of one side of the quilt, you are going to wrap the binding around to the front side, placing the edge of the binding just to the left of the line of stitching you just made.

Holding down a small section at a time with your hand, sew very closely to the edge of the binding. If you take your time and use matching thread, this will come out very nicely.

Continue down the side of the quilt until you get about 3" away from the corner. Leave the needle down, and trim off the tiny triangle shown here.

Here it is trimmed. Be careful to only trim the tiny point that is to the right of the stitching line. This will eliminate some bulk at the corner. If you trim too much, you will be left with a hole in your binding. It's just that tiny corner- it will be about a 1/4" size piece getting cut off.

Now, with your needle still down, position the binding past the corner, and then hold in place the binding above the corner. It should form a nice miter.

Ok, so that's little hard to explain, maybe this short video will help a little. I did say maybe.

This is how your corner should look. Continue sewing down the binding, using this method when you come to each corner.

And here is a view of the back. Your top stitching should be just past the edge of the binding on the back side of the quilt. Again, with matching thread, this is going to blend in well, and not be very noticeable at all.

A view of both sides of the completed binding.

Yeah, you're done!
Once you get the hang of it, this really does go fast. Really. It took me less time to actually put the binding on this quilt than it did to explain how to do it. I hope you'll give this method a try! I'd love to hear how it turns out for you. And, please leave a comment if there's something that's not clear & I need to explain better.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New pattern

I've just designed a new pattern.... just in time for the coming winter months! I hope the snow holds off for a while! I needed a mitten pattern for a quilt that was here, and just couldn't find what I wanted. So, as they say, neccessity is the mother of invention, and so I designed my own. It works great as an all-over pattern, or a border.

Remember that all the IQ patterns can be re-sized larger or smaller. The pictures I show here are just a section of the pattern. Some quilters like a more open design, so I can stitch out the design larger. Like in the mitten pattern, the mittens would actually stitch out at about 6" high, but that can be changed.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

2 new Intelliquilter patterns

Here are two new Intelliquilter patterns available:

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Blaze pattern

I had the chance to use my own Blaze quilting pattern on a quilt recently. I think it was perfect for this little boy's quilt, since one of the fabrics was a flame design.

And, here is a custom quilt... I used the leafy swag pattern in the plain border, outlined and echoed the butterflies, and stitched-in-the-ditch around all the blocks.

More recent quilts

I was challenged to work on 3 quilts pieced exactly alike, but with different custom quilting patterns. I had fun finding something different for each quilt. I'm not sure which one is my favorite.
These quilts are good examples of how I can put motifs & border patterns in a custom quilt using the Intelliquilter. The block motif can be resized to fit the quilt block, and I can stitch out much more intricate designs with the Intelliquilter than by doing it freehand. All three of the center block motifs in these quilts would have been nearly impossible working freehand.

Quilt #1

Quilt #2

Quilt #3

Chevron Feathers

I took a few pictures of a quilt that I worked on recently that used the "Chevron Feathers" pattern. I think it has nice, even coverage. I really like this pattern.

Monday, November 2, 2009

And the winner is......

The winner of the $100 gift certificate is...... Ellen Smit of Hull. Congratulations, Ellen.

You can see my lovely assistant picking her name here:

We also picked 2 more names, and Gayle Moret of Littleton, CO and Karen Freking of Hospers, IA are winners of free Hobbs Heirloom batting in their next quilt.

Thanks again to all you wonderful quilters out there.