Finishing 1–on long strips

My “BIG” quilt project is almost done.  I’m going to finish the edge with piping and binding.  I need about 10 yards (360″) of 1 1/8″ green for the piping. I’ll repeat from brown with wider strips for the binding.

I thought some of you might like some tips on how I approach finishing a big quilt. Stretching is the enemy when binding something you want to hang straight and square on the wall.

So here are some things I do.

building the piping…

  •  I cut the strips on the lengthwise grain of the fabric. (less stretch)
  •  Next I want to sew all of the strips together with a diagonal seam (less bulk)

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  • So I line the ends up at right angles (90) and sew across from A to B at (45)
  • Lay the strip away from the sewing area and then fold back on itself to keep from getting twisted..that way you’ll always be sewing the seam on the same side of fabric as the last seam. (does that make sense?)
  • Keep sewing seams diagonally until all strips are joined (a long piece)
  • Next I clip the threads and press open the seams, then trim both sides of seam allowance to 1/4″ or so.

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Now we have a really long strip of 1 1/8″ green to be folded and piping cord inserted

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Here it is with piping cord inside but untrimmed.

Best of Show

Big excitement!!

My new quilt “Begonia Picotee” won Best of Show at the Humboldt Arts’ Council Member’s Show.  It will be on exhibit through December and is in the upstairs gallery. (Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA) stop by and see the art if you have time.  There are some interesting pieces on display.

I am very thankful to have my work recognized in an art show.

The piece is a painted Begonia with heavy threadplay (very heavy).

The Year of the Slipper

I was looking through old sewing pictures this morning and happened upon this beautiful shot of ME!

This was in 199? something.  A few years back.  There are now 18 grandchildren, then there were not quite so many.  So that year I decided to make slippers for all the kids, kids’ spouses, and grandkids.  Not a fancy present, but none-the-less a sewing experience, which of course IS my thing.

So I present:  The year of the slipper!