I know I said my next post would be how to sew the In a Spin blocks together but I haven’t done any that I could photograph since I last wrote. I promise it is on my agenda but in this post I’ll show you what I have been doing in the meantime and also how I saved $19.
What I’ve been up to
I’ve been sewing the binding on my Appliqué Sampler. I don’t know about you but when I come to sewing the two ends together I always get in a muddle and none of the methods I have tried have been easy (for me at least). So I had a long think about it and decided that planning is the key to making this part easy. Here’s what I did:
1. Once I had started sewing the binding on I measured 10″ from that point backwards and put a pin in to mark the spot.
2. Now I know that the piece needed to complete the binding is 10″. Then I sewed the binding on up to the pin marker.
3. Next I removed the quilt from the machine and measured 5″ from one sewn end on the binding tail and marked it with a pin and then I did the same with the other end. Then I opened out the binding making sure that I left the pins in at the fold. I then put them right sides together at right angles where the pins met and pinned them in place.
It worked perfectly. Now I know this technique may seem obvious to some but it wasn’t obvious to me and I had a real “Eureka” moment when I worked it out for myself. It was so easy! No more horrible binding hassles from now on!
How I saved $19
A while ago I bought a water decanter with a top that acted as a glass. Needless to say the glass broke and though I have similar glasses they do not quite look right. I remembered my great aunts used to have some doily-like things with beads sewn on to weight them down to cover jugs etc. So I set out to find some. I found them but they cost $25 each! The other weekend I went to Rozelle market and bought a lace doily with a muslin centre for $3 and a necklace with crystal and pearl beads for another $3. And I made this…
Finally, after a marathon sewing session involving triaging the new Janome, resurrecting the old Bernina, hand sewing till 1am and then taking advantage of a cold and blustery Sydney summer’s?? day, I finally have the Which Way? quilt bound and washed.
Most of you thought that a purple binding would be best and I agreed until I put the purple next to the quilt and everything just looked flat. Then I tried the Brandon Mably pink fabric that is in the quilt and that was fine but I didn’t have enough left. So I went for another Brandon Mably fabric that I had just enough off and that I felt lifted and energised the quilt. What do you think?
I bound it with a lovely jagged Kaffe stripe. Here it is before I washed it. What do you think?
I’m hoping the quilt might go a bit crinkly after it’s washed. And then I’ll iron my label on. I had some special labels made that you iron on and they become part of the fabric. I’ll show you when it’s done and tell you where you can get them – if I can remember. 🙂
Well I’m on the last leg! Only 8 more of the coloured triangles to quilt and then I can bind it! I’m not sure what I’ll use yet but I might cut one of these two stripey fabrics on the bias and use it.
I’ve also been thinking about the Which way? quilt. I was going to machine quilt it but now I think I might hand quilt it with larger stitches and one of the Perle threads that arrived recently. What do you think? I’d be interested in your opinions.
What sewing did I get done this weekend?
Well first of all I did something secret that I can’t show you because it’s a surprise for someone who reads my blog. I’ll show you once I’ve given it to them.
The second thing is that I’ve been re-attaching the binding to my Arabesque. It’s been a tad tricky because I want the other part of the pattern to show so I’m having to applique the folded edge to the front – which makes it a little more difficult when it comes to creating the mitred corners – and then I will have to fold it over to the back and hand sew that too. However, I think it will be worth it. Here’s where I’m at with it at the moment. The second photo shows what it will be like when it’s folded over. What do you think?
What do you think of these strange flowers? They’re some sort of Bromeliad and I love the colours. They grow in the shady spots in my garden and brighten them up.
Remember the Arabesque? Well, I just knew I wasn’t going to leave it the way it was. Not after I spent so much time on it. I just couldn’t face unpicking it straight away though so I let it lie awhile. Anyway, on Thursday I took it to sit and sew and sat and un-sewed.
It took me a good two and a half hours to unpick that binding. Then I pinned it carefully and added some more quilting around the outer arabesque and then quilted a 1/4″ or so in from the sewing the line.
I have undone the binding where I attached the two bits incorrectly and now I just need to cut some of the fabric to see if I can get a match then I will be ready to re-bind. I’m not sure if I’ll do it by machine or hand. I guess it will depend on how I feel on the day. Wish me luck!
Yesterday I bound the Arabesque. Working out the way to use the pattern and how to cut the stripes nearly did my head in. In the interests of the Process Pledge I’ll tell you I made a mistake which I didn’t see until the very end. I thought about undoing the whole thing and starting from scratch but I just can’t, at least at the moment. I had help in the binding process as you can see. Mr Tiggy was just invaluable!
One thing I learned in this process – and when I was sewing the Which way? quilt top – was that I don’t like the 1/4″ foot on the Bernina. It just feeds the two fabrics so differently. I much prefer sewing with the walking foot. Well here it is. In addition to all the other spiritual symbolism I saw in it, it has reminded me of another important maxim – Perfection belongs only to God.
If you’re looking for the Art Gallery Fabrics Give Away it’s here. You’ve got till Friday before it’s drawn.
Binding the Labyrinth
At last! I have started binding the Labyrinth. It took me a while to decide which fabric to use but I finally settled on this Carla Miller Zig Zag fabric and I’m happy with the way it’s going. I thought you might like to have a quick look even though it’s not finished yet. So here it is – and it’s taken with a proper camera not the phone! Yayyy!