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Current State of My Sewing Room

This week has been full of swimming lessons and golf clinics, so sadly my sewing machine has sat all by herself, lonely and ignored. 😉

my sewing machine

The sad state of my hourglass quilt. I have a new plan, however. I’m going to try sashing. Otherwise, it’s just too busy, so hopefully sashing will help.

hourglass quilt waiting

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Quilt Binding Instructions: How to Join Quilt Binding Ends

Now that you’ve made your binding and sewn it to your quilt, you need to join the ends of the binding. (First, a little FYI: The first time I did this, I almost lost my mind. I don’t know why, but I looked at every tutorial on the Internet, and could not get it to work. So, I have taken it on as my personal mission in life to explain this well.)

So, at the end of the last tutorial, this is what you had.

where to stop sewing

A nice empty space where you will join the ends of your binding.

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Quilt Binding Instructions: How to Sew on Binding

After you’ve made your quilt binding, it’s time to attach it to your quilt.

Remember when you made your binding? How you folded it in half and ironed? Ok, place that binding strip on the edge of your quilt with the side you can “open” facing UP. You could also say the raw edges should be facing up. If that doesn’t make sense (and I’m not sure it does) look at the picture below. The side you can open should be aligned with the edge of your quilt.

opening-faces-up

Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, start sewing (backstitch when you start sewing!) about 8-10 inches from the end of your binding strip. You start 8-10 inches from the end because you’re going to need some extra fabric when you attach the ends together, which I’ll talk about soon in another post.  (And it’s probably a good idea to stop here and attach your walking foot, I didn’t, but I probably should have.)

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Quilt Binding Instructions: Make Your Own Binding

I’m ready to bind this quilt, so I thought I’d write up a little tutorial about how to make your own quilt binding. It’s easy to make. The only tricky part, in my opinion, is that it’s a little cumbersome because you’re dealing with such long pieces of material.

***I always say this, but there are definitely several ways to make quilt binding, this is just how I do it. I’m not saying this is the “right” way, it’s just my way.***

First, measure the length and width of your quilt. Don’t worry about being exact, it’s good to be generous with your measurements. (I used my quilt ruler to measure because it was close by, use whatever you have.)

use quilt ruler to measure quilt

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My Plus Quilt is Coming Right Along

I am getting little to nothing done during these final days of Kindergarten. Between Field Day, Awards Ceremony and soccer, there just is no time for anything. Where does the time go? I have managed to sneak upstairs and make 11 blocks for this quilt, which was once this, and I just love it.  Here’s a sneak peek of 9 of them.

9-squares-of-plus-quilt

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Charm Pack Quilt Updated

I got my charm pack quilt (aka the easiest quilt ever) quilted. I still need to bind it, but I think I’m going to have to order a little fabric to do so. In the mean time, I wanted to show you what I’ve done.

(And if these pictures look a little different, yes, I downloaded a trial of Photoshop and have been playing with it. It’s not as complicated as I thought it would be. It’s actually kind of fun. I discovered this tilt “look” totally on accident, I’m trying to decide if I like it or if it’s a little annoying.)

charm pack quilt

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Freshening Up With New Throw Pillows

4 envelope pillow covers

My old pillow covers were awful. 2 boys, 2 dogs, 2 years old. Way past time for replacement.

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My Next Project!

3-plus-blocks-edited

So, I’m starting a new quilt. I have 2 others I am going to finish, but when this arrived, I just had to go ahead and start. 🙂

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Still Here and Look I Bought!

rileyblakefabric11

Look what came in the mail last week. It’s sooo pretty. Can’t wait to start a new quilt, after I’ve quilted this one.

Finally Made a (Quilt Backing) Decision

Remember this quilt top? It’s not that old, but I have left it sitting all alone in my sewing room for several weeks while I thought about it’s backing. Poor quilt. 🙂

Well, I finally came to a decision. Several weeks ago I got lucky at a thrift store and found several vintage sheets. (I can never find vintage sheets…. and at least I think they’re vintage, if not then they are vintage-ish.) Anyway, I pulled them out the other night and I think this one is going to look perfect with this quilt top.

vintage sheet I will use as quilt backing

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