Quick Tip ~ Green Pin, Red Pin

My daughter, Cathy, showed me the quilt top she had just finished.  She does great machine applique blanket stitch and finds it really relaxing.  The quilt is “Andrew” from the book Fat Quarter Baby (A31813).  It’s so cute!  A31813 book

When I looked at it, I immediately thought it needed “Piping Hot Binding,” (23940) my23940b.jpg favorite way of finishing a quilt.  It puts just a touch of extra color at the inside edge of the binding, and brings the quilt to life.  It’s ingenious, and the tool that’s included with the booklet is the key.

Below is what the piping looks like on our quilt.

Here’s our Andrew quilt.  Isn’t it adorable?  Unfortunately the piping didn’t show up in the photo, but you can see it in the close-ups above.whale quilt

20160509_112719As I worked on the quilt, I thought I could share a few tips.  When you put the binding on with the Piping Hot Binding method, you’re actually working on the back.  I wanted to be sure I stopped sewing with enough tail to join the binding.  So I put the red pin in. Stop!

I also wrote about using colored Flower Head Pins when adding borders.  Find it by clicking here.

Something that makes joining binding tails easier is to fold the quilt at the beginning and end of the part you left unsewn, and pin.  That way the tails are closer together and you have more to work with.

quilt folded

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Using Quilter’s Vinyl

I LOVE this stuff! It’s great to help you decide how you want to quilt an area. Lay the Quilter’s Vinyl (down slightly on the page) over the space. Trace the shape with a wet erase marker. (I use Vis-A-Vis” fine point waterbase pens for overhead projectors from an office supply store.)

If you want to leave a ¼” border around the quilting, mark your area that size. If there are guide lines you need, draw those too. (In the first photo, you can see the shape I traced on my paper pieced Feathered Star wallhanging. I drew a spine and one feather.) Turn the sheet over and draw your quilting lines. In the second photo, I practiced drawing feathers. You can see the spine and first feather that were on the other side.

The third photo has another idea I was trying out. The neat thing is that you can erase it with a damp paper towel, and keep practicing over and over! (Do this away from your quilt.) The more you practice this way, the better you’ll be when you get to the actual quilting. It’s called “muscle memory” and it really works!
You can draw the same guidelines on your quilt. If you use a water soluble ink marker, the Eraser Paintbrush (almost half way down) is great to remove lines.

If you draw one you like, but don’t want to do it completely free-hand on your quilt, you can trace the design on Quilt & Tear on a Roll (about 2/3 down). See my July 6th post for more detail on this method.

I ended up doing the feathers a little differently. Here are some closeups and the finished wallhanging. I used the Twirly Whirly Feathers DVDs and book (down a bit on the page) to get these ideas, and tried them in place with the Quilter’s Vinyl before deciding. The book and DVDs are great if you really want to do fancy feathers.
(I had help marking the borders, as you can see!)

We have the Feathered Star Wallhanging pattern and a fabric pack for the colors I used. I added Piping Hot Binding to finish it up, with the touch of green piping to set off the dark purple binding.

Everything Baby

I just finished the binding on our store model of Everything Baby by Angie Steveson. This is such a fun quilt! For us it was a joint project. Our friend Mary Aftowski embroidered the blocks. My daughter Cathy put them together, and I pieced the border and quilted it. (I also had help with the borders.) It will look great in our Sewing Department’s new Baby display.

Since I first learned Sharon Schamber’s technique for putting on the binding in the Perfect Binding DVD (down a bit on this page), I haven’t even thought about doing it any other way. I combine this with my Piping Hot Bindings (down a bit on this page), too. I didn’t use the extra touch of color on this one because it has so many colors in the border already, but I do use it on many of my quilts, as you can see on the corner of my Mother Goose and Friends Wallhanging. It adds a spark of color that really enhances so many projects!

Our Open House to celebrate 35 years in business is tomorrow and Saturday. We’re having prizes and refreshments and hope to be able to thank many of our customers personally for sharing this journey with us. We’ll take lots of photos and put them up to be able to share here, too. Talk to you again soon.