Friday, September 13, 2013

Three For Thirty :: Day Ten

A photograph.
Some movement... walk, a swim, stretching, playing, yoga.
And sewing.
Every day, for thirty days.

I am done quilting the Picnic quilt. The last step is the binding... something sewn all the way around to close the edges. I need to decide whether to purchase some bias tape, make some bias tape, or roll the backing fabric over and around the front, then slip-stitch it down.

Chango is a pensive cat, a cautious kitty. He says, "Don't be hasty. Weigh your options."

He's right. I should be happy with my choice, and there's no rush.

In the meantime, I might just cut and press some fat quarters for a Christmas gift(s) project.

I am so eager for this evening, when the children and Geoff are home... it's one of those times, one of those days, when I am certain that being together will be the most comforting and enjoyable thing I can imagine. Well, yes, in fact that is how I always feel.

5 comments:

  1. Hi Natalie!! I am impressed at your commitment! Way to go! And a wise woman you are to get that from a wise kitty.

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    1. You're sweet Theresa. I am enjoying myself too much for it to feel like a commitment. Now if I said "manage paperwork, everyday, for thirty days," THAT would blow people's minds! hahahaha

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  2. You'll have longer life with a double fold binding that you make yourself. It doesn't have to be bias cut since you have a square/rectangular quilt. Plus once you machine sew the first side you'll have more time to hand sew the back side of the binding down. Very cute quilt!

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    1. It was worth sitting on... to get your expert advice. Thank you, Tami. So, a 'double fold' binding... is that the one I can make with that kind of smashed conical metal device that you pull the strip of fabric through?
      I wonder if mine is big enough...

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  3. Nope, you don't have to have the metal device. Just cut your strips of binding (2 1/4" or 2 3/8" is a nice width just pick one or the other). Fold it in half and iron as you go so that it now measures 1 1/8" or 1 3/16" width. Take the cut edge and place it on the cut edge of your quilt top (front side) and sew with a 1/4" seam allowance. Fold it to the back, pin in place and hand sew it down. Here's a great tutorial for it: http://www.heatherbaileydesign.com/HB_QuiltBinding.pdf

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