Wednesday, October 11, 2017

FIBERFAIR

Llamas, alpacas and sheep OH MY!



My friend Kathy Guenther asked me if I knew anything about
The 22nd Wool Fiber Fair  in Yellow Springs, OH?
Nope, but that was about to change.
Young's Dairy Farm was the venue and a great mid-way
point for us to meet. 
We also dragged our better halves along...
I mean, animals should be interesting to them 
while yarn shopping was our main goal!

Phil and me and a cute straw sheep!


 THIS...over 100 vendors 
selling yummy yarns and such


Color was everywhere!



My find was this beauty from the "Game of Thrones" Collection  The"Casterly Rock" colorway!
Knitting a scarf and binge watching Game of Thrones
is now on my winter schedule.


Lunch and some chit-chat made itfun Sunday outing.
We may just visit again next year!



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A LONG AND WINDING ROAD!

Doris Ann (DA) and I have been friends since early 70s
We met via a belly dancing class, danced in Greek nightclubs
And proved, well before Shakira sang it,
"the hips don't lie"

Roomies once, she moved to Texas for a time.
I visited her and the "smokin hot" Marlboro Men!

She loves high heels...
Sew her first quilt from me made in 2011...
still has a place on her sofa!


Its been a long and winding road for us!
DA just bought her first house!
A visit to see it last June involved lots of wine
catching up and a new "housewarming" quilt! 


Don't remember the pattern from 2011 magazine...
 Moda "Quilt Blocks" Jelly Roll


The backing was stash fabrics all pieced together!
It's one of my quilts I had to make...
but only the future would tell me who would receive it.
Stored it safely away.


DA cried when she read the label I embroidered onto the front.
"There's No Place Like Home"


I am truly blessed to have her friendship
 still in my life after all these wonderful years.
Cuddle up, Buttercup!
Love you!




Thursday, September 21, 2017

BINDING - FINAL SEAM - MITERED JOIN

Honestly it has taken me years, many classes,
many tutorials before I tried this mitred final seam join!


This is my interpretation of the technique
I have written this tutorial using my own quilt,
pictures and notes.


I make ALL my bindings 2 1/2" wide
Measure the quilt perimeter and add an extra 10"
I sew pieces together at the 2 1/2" ends using diagonal seams
Trim seams to 1/4" press using your fav method.
Press the entire binding RST
Sew 1/4" seam using my 1/4" foot to FRONT of quilt 
Hand stitch binding to the back for a nice, neat finish. 
   
Lets begin...

Leave a 6 - 8" tail, Sew down using 1/4" seam allowance
Sew all around then STOP with 10-12" opening between 
start and fining binding tails.


Pull both binding tails toward the center of the opening
MAKE THEM VERY SNUG
and pin them down to avoid slipping.
(Snug is a key to the success of this technique)


Fold both tails back leaving a 1/4" space between them
(1/4" space in the center is also a key for successful technique)


For the 2 1/2" binding 
both tails will be trimmed to 1 1/4" length from the fold 
This photo shows the left tail - trim to 1 1/4"  


Repeat, trimming the right tail to 1 1/4" length from the fold


Flip the two tails as shown in the photo below.  
Left tail is Wrong Side Up
Right tail in Right side up
(aka Right Sides Together)


Adjust and line up the tails (RST) 
with edges as shown below


Binding tails are now RST
Mark a diagonal line for sewing them together



Sew


Trim, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance
(press open or just finger press to the side)


Flip the binding
lining up along the edge of the quilt
it will lay FLAT with the mitered seam!







Now press the binding out/away from the quilt!

Miter Join is flat, no bumps or puckers.


I hope you try this binding finish technique.
I absolutely love it!