Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (108)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along your projects(s) and share in the generosity and expertise brought to us by the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do join in the sharing by using the comments box at the bottom of this page and by leaving comments on the pages you visit.

At the start of the week I was keeping up to date with my email in-tray. Then I got busy watering the garden and the allotment as well as allowing myself to be driven by a plan to push on with a couple more projects in my sewing room. I did put the final stitches in the binding of the remaining secret sewing project 🙂 The other secret sewing project got the big reveal in this post.

Weekend Projects. As I had to rearrange my sewing room to open out the gate-leg table to use as a surface for basting the small quilt I’m making I decided to take a leaf out of Laura’s book, basting a second quilt while the table was out. I have many more quilt tops waiting to be sandwiched and quilted than I care to share *blush*. Not entirely sure why I chose such a large quilt from the cupboard(s) of shame but this is a biggie, 66″ x 83″ according to the notes I’d added to the pattern. I think this project was put away as ‘too big, too difficult’ more than six years ago *blush deepens*. The three layers were all folded together; wadding (I think it’s 100% cotton), pieced backing and patchwork top. No label though. I quickly made a label (I’m writing a label making tutorial to share on this blog :-)) and machine stitched it to the backing before centering the layers and pin basting. Now to decide how to quilt it. I can’t afford to side-line it again as nearly all my basting pins are attached to that sandwich!

Little quilt on the table to the left and the Biggie reclining on the sofabed.

Biggie is actually called ‘Black Coffee in Bed’ referencing the coffee inspired fabrics and a song by one of my favourite bands, Squeeze.

I used a coffee-themed Moda Jelly Roll to make this quilt

So my sewing projects this weekend are all about quilting and binding.

Here are the links into the Worldwide Quilting Community I found to share with you before I got distracted away from my email in-tray:

Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts has designed alphabet and number patterns. In this blog post she shows how versatile these patterns are especially when combined with her clever picture designs.

A date for our diaries: June 6th. Leanne at Devoted Quilter will be running a free online workshop, ‘Foundation Piecing with Freezer Paper’. I confess that a few months ago I’d never heard of this technique, a member of our local quilt group asked me about it and I just looked blank and said I didn’t think it was a thing – which does indeed go to show just how much (or little) I know!

I have gotten into the habit of attaching binding to my quilts by machine. It’s so much quicker than hand stitching but there’s always a bit of compromise with the second lot of stitching having to show. Jayne has just finished a beautiful quilt in very calming colours. She very neatly machine stitched the binding. One of the comments on her post suggested watching a machine binding technique shared on YouTube by Judy Laquidara. Of course I had to take a look. I think it will be worth a try…

…Update. I did give this machine binding technique a try. I stitched the binding to the front of my little quilt and then pinned the binding down to the quilt back as per the video instructions. Then I turned to the front of the quilt and began stitching-in-the-ditch along the edge of the binding. The stitches disappeared almost completely – very neat.

Front of quilt and binding.

But I had trouble keeping the stitching line on top of the binding on the back of the quilt.

After a couple of attempts and two lots of unpicking I decided to give the experiment a rest. Hand stitching is the order of the day for this little quilt. I will give the stitch-in-the-ditch binding method another go. I think I pushed the method too far by using binding made from 2¼” binding rather the suggested 2½” and I had attached the binding to the front of my little quilt with a generous quarter inch seam.

Back to the links:

Emily Taylor is launching three new online courses all about collage quilting. Find out more here.

Rachel gives an insider’s perspective on how the Dutch are coping with Covid 19. It’s an interesting and hope filled read.

Happy Stitching.



4 thoughts on “Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (108)

  1. I like seeing the Biggie coming out of the closet! Have you come up with a plan for quilting it yet?

    I have been machine stitching my bindings as well, and I am not good at it at all! I definitely prefer hand stitching, but as you say, machine stitching is faster. I really would like to get better at it. My corners really stink! So I took a look at Judy’s video. The first thing that I noticed was the backing for her quilt…I have that same fabric. Ha, ha! I have never been a pinner, but I have been trying out the binder clips. The trouble with the clips is that my sewing machine foot bumps into them, and I have to remove them before I am really ready too. It defeats the purpose of having the clips secure the corners until I can sew them. In any case, you have sent me on a You Tube distraction foray…I am now watching a couple other videos on machine stitching bindings. 🙂

    • Hi! Laura. My quilting plan for the Biggie is still a bit vague. I think there’ll be a fair amount of in-the-ditch quilting to start with – just to stop those layers shifting across each other.
      As for binding, it is a bit hit-and-miss for me too. Machine binding is worth pursuing I think – it’s much quicker of course but it also produces much stronger seams which have got to be a good thing if the quilt is going to be used and laundered a lot.
      I like the look of narrower binding produced by using 2.25″ strips but I will have a go with a 2.5″ binding soon just to see if I can make a neat finish using Judy’s method.
      I’ve been using binding clips too. My machine foot does allow me to get very close to the pivot point on the corner before removing the clip. I use the flat edge of a seam picker to keep the corner layers in position as I guide them under the foot.

    • Thanks for the link Laura. Rob gives a good walk through the tools and tricks for machine binding. Maybe I shouldn’t say this, but… it’s encouraging to see that Rob’s stitching line isn’t perfectly straight – I can learn a lot from his get on and do it attitude!;-)


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