6/26/2015

How to Machine Bind a Quilt || My Method



Binding is one of those things that I seriously forget how to do every.single.time.  No lie.  After every quilt, I refer back to my printed page from Heather Bailey's site.  But this started to get old for me, so I cheated.  Yeah.  I got "lazy" and decided that I no longer wanted to sew the last seam at an angle to join the two strips at the very end of binding, which was the one step that always had me going back to my trusty Heather Bailey referral sheet.

Like always, I urge you to find a method that best suits you.   My method may or may not be the best method for you, but if you find yourself getting frustrated figuring out that very last seam in binding, then my tutorial might be helpful.   Quilting should make you happy not grumpy.  I think this is becoming my new motto.  Actually, it did become my motto.

In this post I go over how to make straight grain binding, the math, how to apply it to your quilt, and how to finish it.


6/25/2015

Sandwich and Basting A Quilt || My Method


I needed a post to send people to in regards to making a quilt sandwich and basting.  I know there are several ways of doing this, and I highly recommend trying several tutorials to find the best technique that suits you.  Below, you will find my method.  This is what I do, and it makes me happy.  Quilting should make you happy.  If something makes you grumpy, don't do it.  :)

Supplies Needed:


Quilt back
Batting of choice that is at least 4" larger on all sides than your quilt top.  I love Dream Cotton.
Blue painters tape (Buy the old school kind with no words on it like the one here that is linked, if you can.  It has a stronger tack.)
505 Basting Spray, optional but follow the directions on the can
Basting pins size 2 or 3
Kwik Klips for aiding in the closing of pins, optional

*It is recommended that quilt backs are at least 4" wider, or your hand's width, on all four sides than the quilt tops. This is necessary for anyone who wants to free motion quilt, as the extra width allows for the hands to have something to hold onto when the needle reaches the edges of the quilt. I find this number to be a little excessive for straight line quilting on my home machine, but that is my personal preference. And as always, follow the instructions of the long arm quilter you plan to use, if you are not quilting it yourself.  If using basting spray, read the can before starting.

After reviewing my photo library and realizing I do not have great photos to share, I will update this tutorial with the next quilt I baste.  

Once your quilt top and backing are done, you will need to create a quilt sandwich before basting. I like to work on a large hard surface, which typically ends up being my clean living room or kitchen floor.

Using a freshly pressed backing, lay it on the floor right side down. Using painter's tape, tape one side down.  Move to the opposite side, and gently pull the quilt as you tape it to the floor.   Repeat for the other two sides. You will want the backing to be taut but not so much it distorts any of your piecing.

Place your batting down on top.  Starting from the center, gently smooth the batting out working your way out to the sides. Try to get as little wrinkles as possible.  I like to keep my batting within the quilt back, so trim any excess batting with scissors.  

Place your freshly pressed quilt top face up.  (If spray basting, this is where I will spray baste.  I think most cans say to spray both sides of the batting, but I do not do that.  Just one side of the batting works for me.)  Very carefully, smooth out any wrinkles working from the center out like you did with the batting.   




Starting in the center of the quilt, pin baste about every four to five inches or a fist width apart.  The Kwik Klips is handy with closing safety pins, but I have used a skewer as well in the past.  And of course, you could just use your fingers.  But I reach for my Kwik Klips a lot.  

Tip: If your quilt is large, try not to walk on or move around too much while on your quilt.  This could pull the quilt out from under the tape and/or create unwanted wrinkles.





Basted!  Now remove the tape, and head over to the machine to quilt.  

xx nancy

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6/24/2015

Pandamonium Quilt Pattern || Fat Quarter Shop




Hello!

I wanted to let you know about a new free pattern by Fat Quarter Shop.  It is called the Pandamonium Quilt.  The link for the pattern is here.

The instructions are pretty straightforward, and you can have this done in a day or two.  If you are on Instagram, check out the hashtag #pandamoniumquilt to see other variations of this quilt.  I even spotted an Andy Warhol version. Pretty cool!   Enjoy!





xx nancy
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6/15/2015

How to Hang PVC Window Treatments


Lately, I have received quite a few emails in regards to my PVC window treatments I did back in 2012.  The original post can be found here.  The main question I got was, "How did you hang them?" since this was something I never covered in the original post.



I LOVE my PVC windows.  They are so wonderful, and they have held up so great.  I highly recommend them for a window treatment alternative.  It brings in just enough light during the day and just enough privacy in the evening with the added bonus of pattern.  I love pattern.  :)

So this tutorial is stupid easy.  SO easy.  You will smack yourself for not thinking of this yourself once I show you.

In the beginning, I used heavy duty velcro and placed in spots that were not visible from the inside of the house as well as the outside of the house.  That worked fine and dandy until after a few months of west facing sun constantly shining on them made the sticky stuff melt.


That's when I switched over to the plastic mirror clips.  Ew.  Did I just hear your trendy self say 'ew'?  Well, it actually looks really good, in my opinion.  It blends *almost* seamlessly with everything else going on.  I guess I could have used white screws to make them even less noticeable, but I was too lazy to do that.

So you take a packet of these cheap mirror clips that most people have a tendency to want to cover up in their bathrooms, and drill those into doors.  I drilled mine into the moulding surrounding the windows.  I placed one clip on top and bottom and then one of either side.  Because the PVC is flexible, I can pop them out (carefully) and clean them when I want.  See how awesome these PVC treatments are?


On a different note, I AM taking suggestions for a light replacement in this kitchen, so speak up! :)

I guess that really wasn't much of tutorial was it, but is it really necessary to show you a photo of me pretending to drill these into the moulding?  Ha!  I didn't think so either.  Promise me you won't smack yourself too hard. ;)

[Photo from my Instagram account]
On a second note, some of you may have noticed that the library cabinet that was once in my living room is now in between my kitchen and eating area.  I moved it there so I could hang a design wall for my quilting.  The design wall is temporary but the cabinet's new location isn't. (We are thinking of adding a desk here.) It's all about making a home that fits YOU and your needs, which is something I didn't learn until much, much later.

xx nancy
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4/21/2015

My Marsala Quilt || Pantone Quilt 2015 Challenge




Hello marsala!  If I had to be completely honest, I didn't like you at first.  You were a bit of an ugly color, in my opinion.  I'm still not sure why you were even named color of the year by Pantone either.  BUT.  But I started to work with you, and I began to like you.  You turned out to be pretty awesome.

I turned to RIT to get my marsala color.  I chose to hand dye an ombre effect, which turned out so wonderful! This was my first attempt at hand dyeing.  Must do that again and soon.  :)





I was up for a challenge, and the color in of itself was a challenge alone.  I missed out on the other Pantone Quilt challenges hosted by Play-Crafts and On the Windy Side, so I jumped at the chance for this one.  I had been experimenting with paints awhile back, and I knew that this unique to me design would lend itself well for a quilt.

I chose to go smaller, so the investment was not as great.  Who knew if I would end up liking the quilt once it was done?  It measures 37" x 48".







I tend to keep my quilting simple.  Echo quilting seemed like the only logical choice for this top.  :)
I hand quilted inside the triangles.




I used my scraps to make the quilt back.


It's OK to not understand what is happening here with my hair.


Ombre triangles








Marsala, I love you.

xx nancy

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