Fabric can stretch. It can happen from handling the quilt top, from ironing, or because there are a lot of bias seams. No matter how carefully we handle a quilt top, there is always a chance that the sides are stretched out of shape. If they are a bit longer than they should be and if you then just add the borders they could end up wavy. A little bit of extra care is necessary to avoid this.
Measure the quilt top in 3 places, top, bottom and center. Add the 3 measurements together and then divide by 3 to get the average. If you get a really weird number, round it off to the next 1/8”. Cut two borders to this exact size. Before you add the borders to the quilt, find the centers on the quilt top and mark with a pin. Then, find the half way spots between the center and the top and the center and the bottom and mark those also with pins. Repeat this for the two borders, but only on the sides that will be attached to the quilt. Pin the borders to the quilt top matching the pins. Ease in any fullness. Add more pins, if necessary. Stitch in place.
Press the borders and repeat the same procedure for the remaining 2 borders, but don’t forget to add the widths of the borders to the width of the quilt top.
It’s been a while again. Time just slips by. Fortunately, this video show an interesting way of attaching a binding with flange and all without hand sewing. The video is by Laura Coia of Sew Very Easy. She has some great videos on YouTube and explains things very clearly. Have a look, the link is:
I also want to share a couple of pictures of my daughter’s shop, Cozy Quilt Shop. The San Diego quilters run is happening this week and the theme this year is On the Farm. All the participating shops decorate in that theme and Cozy’s decorations are always outstanding. Here is a picture of Daniela (with the pig tails) with 3 of her helpers, Kathy, Maureen, and Kara.
Kara at the welcome table:
They even have some live chicks:
That’s all folks.
If you love the ease of paper piecing and the accurate results you get, but don’t enjoy picking out all the paper pieces in the end, don’t despair. I came across a video that I want to share with you. It explains a method that eliminates that last step. It still uses paper. You just don’t sew through it. Instead of sewing over the printed line, you fold the paper back on the line and sew next to the line. Another improvement is that instead of regular paper that you would secure with either a pin or a dab of washable glue, the video shows to use freezer paper that can be pressed to the fabric to secure it. It all looks so easy. I will definitely give this a try in the future. If you have already tried this method, I would love to see your comments on how you like it.
Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt5NvlBhAoM
Have fun and enjoy your weekend.
Hexagons are very popular at the moment, especially among people who enjoy sewing by hand. But what about people who do not enjoy handwork? In my last blog, or perhaps it was in my newsletter, I mentioned that I might have found a way to stitch them on a sewing machine. I looked into it a bit more and found indeed a way to do that. It is not exactly the traditional pattern, but it does have hexies. By adding some triangles, the pieces can be sewn together in rows and then the rows can be stitched together.
I wrote up instructions for a mug rug or a tiny table topper. To enlarge the pattern, all you have to do is add more hexies and triangles or enlarge both the hexagon and the triangle templates by the same percentage. The pattern has a few example on what percentage to use. If you don’t have the software to do that, you can ask a copy shop to do it for you. Download the pattern by clicking on mug rug, (two pages).
The triangles look best if they are all the same color as they are shared by adjoining hexies. The hexies can be a variety of colors, or will look nice if they are fussy cut from fabric with some interesting images.
I hope you’ll enjoy this little project.
At least the top is done. Now to finish the pattern and, of course, the quilting. As usual, it has taken me longer than expected because I have too many projects going at once. And the story of my life, I always under estimate the time needed to do something. Plus there are the pesky little every day tasks like house cleaning and doctor and dental appointments and such that interfere with my creative pursuits.
I named the quilt Tropicana and I am very pleased with the way it turned out. I already created the quilting designs for it, but before I can start on the actual quilting I have to first finish my designs for July. By the way, my triangle designs of last month were a big hit and I thank everyone who ordered. I you missed them, they are still on my New Designs page on my website for two days at a great discount. As soon as I post new designs they will be moved to the Triangles page.
Time got away from me again. I have made good progress on my paper piecing quilt and have a good part finished, but nothing to show. I have to trim the block first before I can take some pictures. I have also had a lot of interruptions. Some repairs that needed to be taken care off and I was waiting on more fabric for my quilt to come in. That has arrived now, but before I can finish piecing I have to get new quilting designs on my website for May. There are also a few more home repairs that have to be done. A month or so ago I discovered that my skylight was leaking a bit during the heavy rains we had. But then we had a month or so with a dry spell and I kind of forgot about it, but today we had rain again. Fortunately, not heavy enough to cause leaking, but it reminded me that I really have to call somebody to fix it. The problem, as always is, who to call.
It may not be mine, but I do have pictures of a quilt to show you and it is beautiful. It is a Lonestar quilt, quilted with one of my designs by Waynna Kershner for a customer. I love it. Great job, Waynna.
I am sorry, but I don’t know who designed the quilt.
Waynna chose my SCF-321 Strings v1 and SCF-323 Strings v2 patterns. If I remember correctly, I enlarged the patterns for her as the quilt is quite big.
Here is what Waynna had to say:
“It turned out “gorgeous,” My customers’ words! She is VERY happy with it! The design package was perfect! I especially liked the way the bottom of the diamond shape was set up to just use the one point on the top half as the Start Point, without having to create a new area!! That worked so well! I, and my customer, liked the long smooth curves on the design.”
That made my day. I love getting comments and beautiful pictures like that. Thank you very much.
Next time I hope to have pictures of my own quilt or at least some quilt blocks.
Happy crafting everyone.
Here are a couple of pictures of two version of Royal Gardens quilted:
Quilted by Mona Beck with custom design SCF-648-53 Royal Gardens Combo available on my website.
Close-up of the quilting.
Version 2. Quilted by Liz at Cozy Quilt Shop with an allover design.
Quilt pattern (piecing) available (or will be soon) from www.cozyquilt.com.