Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tuesday Tip - Invisible Join Binding with Mitered Corners - Start to Finish

Yet, another binding technique! So many to choose from!

There are many different ways to bind a quilt. In fact, all three of us here at Sew Kind of Wonderful, bind our quilts just a little different from each other. Today's tip is just one more way to bind a quilt. This method uses the sewing machine from start to finish. 

Begin with your desired width of binding.  2 1/2 inch binding is pretty standard but depending on the batting or other factors, a wider or thinner binding may be preferred.

With right sides together place your pieces together as shown here. Overlapping the pieces ensures the edges line up a little more precisely.

Sew from corner to corner. A piece of tape is helpful as a guide, or a diagonal line drawn on or just eyeballing it all seem to work.

Trim a 1/4 inch from the seam then press seams open.  Determine the number of pieces you'll need for your project and join all pieces as shown here.

Exactness is not always necessary.  Sometimes Close enough is good enough! :)

With wrong side up, fold the right corner down and press.

Then fold the left side over to match the right and press the whole piece of binding as shown here.

For this particular method, start by using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, begin stitching on the back side of the quilt. Choose which side to start on and begin stitching about 10 inches from the end of binding so as to leave about a ten inch binding tail.

Eyeball or measure a 1/4 inch from the end and mark it with a pin. Stop stitching at the pin and back stitch if desired. 

Mitered corners...
Fold binding up to form a right angle...

Then back down so the raw edge of binding lines up with edge of quilt. Should resemble this.

Pin if desired.

Begin stitching from the edge, be sure to remove pins.

    Should resemble this.

Continue around the rest of the quilt then stop when there is about 20 inches between beginning and ending stitching...should have two binding tails at the beginning and end.

Lay ending tail over the beginning tail and trim so it resembles this.

Next, lay the pointed beginning tail on top of the ending tail with binding laying flat, straight and lined up with edge of quilt. Place a pin on the ending tail right where the beginning tail point lies. Be sure the pin is through the top layer only of the binding.

Open beginning binding and place the tip (top of fold) right where the pin is. Careful not to move binding, take out the pin and pin the two pieces of binding together. When both pieces of binding are opened and ready to pin, it should resemble this. Notice which way binding is flipped and right sides are together.

Place two more pins to secure binding in place. Should resemble this.

Stitch binding from corner to corner, along the fold line. Be sure to remove pins.

Trim excess a 1/4 inch from seam.

Press seam open...

Then press binding in half.

Next, lay "invisible joined" binding along edge of quilt and finish stitching the binding to the quilt. Add a few pins, if desire, to avoid any minor puckers.

Turn the quilt over and begin stitching the binding to the front by folding binding over the edge of quilt. Using a thread that blends well, stitch as close to edge as possible.

Continue stitching until a few inches from corner...

For a nice mitered corner, fold binding so it resembles this...

Careful to hold corner in place, continue stitching until needles catches the upper binding...

Lift foot and turn quilt, continue stitching on edge of binding.

Should look similar to this.

Continue around quilt until right before the end.
With a couple of inches left, pin binding down to avoid puckers.

Finish stitching and give a good iron press around binding if desired.

This is a quick and relatively easy way to bind a quilt. Again, there are many different binding techniques. Choose one you are most comfortable with.  I think we all agree, hand stitching the final binding stage finishes the nicest, but for a quick finish, this works great! :)

Happy Quilting and Binding Everyone! 

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Digitized Quilting Designs by Sharon Perry for Sew Kind of Wonderful!


Last January, Jenny and Helen had a chance to meet up with the very famous Sharon Perry and her friend, Susan Smith, in Everett, Washington at Jenny's new quilting studio for a few hours.  Sharon was doing a little world traveling and made a special trip to Washington to meet us in person and take some photos of our quilts with custom quilting that has become our signature style. :-)

Sharon has a great accent that makes everything she says sound even better, more creative and somehow more special ! :-)  I hope we, as Americans, sound like that to other nationalities, but I don't think we do.....hmmmmm.

After two days and many hours of laughter and quilt talk we said our goodbyes and promised to keep in touch with new ideas and designs.  Sharon's quilting designs,  (aka) House of Creations,  comes from her own creativity, from shapes in nature and other objects.  She truly is amazing with her ability to conceptualize a design and convert it to a digitized file!
Sharon's very cool bag she bought made from recycled material.

Following are a few of Sharon's designs for 
Sew Kind of Wonderful patterns:
House of Creations Metro Rings design

House of Creations Chic Shells design

House of Creations Metro Hoops design

House of Creations Deco Tumbler design

House of Creations Metro Medallion design

House of Creations Chic Country design
We have a page on our website that will link you over to 
House of Creations!
~ Sew Kind of Wonderful ~

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tuesday Tip - Sharpie Markers and Squaring Up Blocks

Once again, a sharpie marker is so very useful and quite satsfying! :)

We recommend keeping a sharpie marker handy to place important square up marks on your QCR, QCRMini and square up rulers.

Place a small dot on your rulers at the square up mark's indicated in each of our patterns. 

We are using the blocks from each ruler's free table runner patterns, as examples.

These Sharpie marks will help you find those square up points easier.  

These Sharpie marks come of easily with a little rubbing alcohol and a tissue. 

Happy Quilting! :)

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~