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.


Theresa said...

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

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

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!

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

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...

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

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

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

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: