Friday, March 12, 2010

Adding a Binding

Ready to add binding.
Stitch top to batting, then stitch top/batting to backing fabric. Trim all three layers to 1/4 inch all around. Taking care that your piece is a perfect square or rectangle, use your big square ruler, place it on top to square up.
Cut binding strip for mini at 2 inches, fold and iron into 1/2 and start at the bottom of quilt.
Lay binding along edge of quilt and sew 1/4 inch seam .
Stop 1/4 inch from corner, pull up binding and then fold over itself along next edge.
Stitch from top edge and proceed with sewing along to 1/4 inch of the next corner, but check your corner first that it will be square.
Finish strips by inserting tail into the begining tail and stitch together along seam.
Turn over binding, ease out corners so they are square.
Whip stitch the binding at the back.
Easy peezie! really. Its all in the prep work, relax, check and recheck before you proceed to far especially after you have turned a corner.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Miniature Quilts


Flying Geese


Red School House
Courthouse Steps
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Miniature Quilts

Red School House

Crazy Log Cabins

 Pineapple is my favorite miniature quilt to make. This one has 5 different fabrics. Depending on the amount of different colours it changes this quilt into a dozen variations.
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Miniature Quilts

Snail's Tail, using two colour combo.

Snail's Trail, using three colour combo.

Crazy Pineapple Squares.
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Miniature Quilt in Production

When using more than two colours, it's a good idea to use coloured pencils or markers to show placement of colours.

A mini iron set up beside the sewing machine saves a lot of getting up and down to the ironing board. Plus I find the iron to bulky to use with the small pieces.
I have covered a tv tray with Heat resistant padding with a canvas on top. I stapled the fabrics on the underside using a staple gun.

Clothes pins work well to help hold the row of paper piecing together as I baste.
Lots of basting involed, blocks together then rows together. Things shift as you sew on the machine that's why basting is important. I also keep an awl when sewing things together by machine.  I don't pin.
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