This pretty "binding banner" (the result of chain piecing) reminds me of prayer flags.
I'd like to finish six runners before Christmas. So far, I've finished two. Having the bindings ready will speed things up, so there's still hope!
Labels are important, but time consuming. I needed a shortcut, so decided to make muslin tags to sew into the bindings.
|Pressed in half, sewn inside-out, flipped right-side-out, pressed again.|
There was just enough room for my name on one side, and washing instructions on the other.
|A folded piece of paper between the layers kept the marker from bleeding through.|
|Care instructions are on the reverse side of the tag.|
Sunflowers & Smiles!
Part two of the applique workshop (click here to see part one) included arranging fused units onto backgrounds. Sunflowers, being a natural element, can be arranged any number of ways. I like to encourage people to position things as they like rather than being married to the pattern.
Here, petals and leaves are being arranged and fused. Some bits will be tucked under the accent flange, and some will overlap.
Here, the flowers are stretched to fill the whole space!
Next, people stitched and stitched.
The applique is stitched in place as part of the quilting process.
It's a good sign when people are still smiling at the end of a long day.
|High Prairie quilters|
Each project is an expression of its maker's aesthetic, which is a beautiful thing!
(Sorry to the ladies who are missing from the photo - I didn't think to take it until we were almost out the door!)
One of the things I show in this class is how to manage excess fabric. Sometimes a background wants to ripple, or a border decides to wave. We all know fabric doesn't always cooperate.
The trick is to evenly distribute the excess fabric before quilting so you can "capture" it and fill it with batting.
|Evenly distributing fabric in a slightly wavy border.|
The same principle applies on or off the longarm.
Spray basting helps with small projects - just pat the fabric into place and let the glue hold it for you - and pins can help on the longarm until you get things basted with stitch.
|Border is basted and ready to quilt.|
After quilting, the batting puffs up and fills the fabric.
Borders are handled when quilt tops are folded, unfolded, held up to be shown, etc., so stretched edges are quite common. Having a "fix" for the problem is essential!
Fresh off the Frame this week!
A beautiful bargello - I decided to use the Drunken Feathers panto on this quilt for the same reasons as I used it on Carol's quilt. (You can see the quilting in the photo, above...it's the same gorgeous quilt!)
Two memory quilts made with t-shirts worn by a special little boy - both quilts feature a few of his favourite things, and both have the same phrase stitched into their bottom borders. It's something he used to say every day.
|"It's a beautiful day"|
When I got near the bottom of each quilt, I modified the panto so the quilting would flow around the words.
Here is the smaller quilt
And, here is the larger one.
Both have cozy, flannel backs to make them cuddly.
Guild Sewing Day
I thought I'd be productive and knock out three (identical) Dear Jane blocks for an international group project.
My assigned block finishes at 4.5 inches, and has 33 pieces.
What did I get myself into?
This was all I had by the end of the day.
Before I could even touch my sewing machine, I had to draw a paper piecing pattern for the block.
An actual size photo of a finished block was my guide.
I may have whined and moaned a bit about that whole operation. I felt like a real time killer.
Especially because my Mom has an assigned block, too, and they sent her the flippin foundations she needed!!!
So I came home and decided to finish ONE stupid block, come hell or high water!
I had a little trouble because my drawing wasn't accurate enough (it's out by a sixteenth of an inch, and it made a difference), but I'll adjust it for the next two and press on.
They would prefer the blocks untrimmed, so the outside edges look a bit tatty right now. But, look! It's done!
Did I mention they are due this month?
Sometimes I make myself laugh! (Why do I do these things to myself? Ha!)
Tomorrow is a new day, and by then I'll be over my-cranky-self and life will be fun again! ;-)
In the meantime, yes, I will have some cheese with that whine, thankyouverymuch!
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