…and onward to my next project!
i made a quick visit to one of my favorite quilt shops this past weekend, the Quilted Angel… and by quick, i mean my husband was waiting in the car while i decided what i wanted to purchase, which in turn means i have a limited amount of time before i get a text saying ‘times up’…lol
i went there with no plan, i just wanted something to grab me and say… buy me, buy me…except for the fact that most fabrics say, buy me.. i settled on a Nature’s Basket by Blackbird Designs jelly roll and coordinating yardage.
..as for the next step, i’ve narrowed it down to flying dutchman or log cabin….stay tuned..
after experimenting with a couple different ways to machine bind a quilt, i’ve discovered a simple, easy technique that has consistent results each and every time, no missed stitching on the back and perfectly mitered corners, front and back!
keep reading to see how..
chain piecing is a technique to piece your quilt together efficiently. half square triangles, squares, no matter what the shape or size of your piecework, chain piecing will save you time, effort and thread!
chain piecing is simple, place your fabric pieces right sides together, line up the raw edges and begin feeding each square, triangle, etc through your machine, making sure to keep your 1/4″ seam allowance [how to sew a scant 1/4″ seam], continue until you have chain pieced all your pieces together, snip threads and you’re done!
using this technique is quick, because you no longer have to start, stop, cut thread, lift the presser foot, re-align your next piece, drop your presser foot, and begin stitching again, repeat, repeat, etc..
you will start once, and stop at the end of the line of pieces.. it’s like a choo choo train of fabric pieces.. easy peasy!
one of the very first things to learn when quilting is the scant quarter inch seam. what is a scant quarter inch seam..? in laymen’s terms, it’s a seam that is just shy of a true 1/4″ seam. in the above photo, you will notice that the white stitching is not a perfect 1/4″, if it we’re we would see the stitching directly under the yellow 1/4″ ruler marking, as it is, the stitching is slightly to the right of the marking, this is a scant quarter inch.
i’ll show you just how to set-up your machine to sew a scant quarter inch seam.
it’s not edible.. no calories involved.. yet still exciting, because it means you’re one big step closer to a finished quilt!
if you google “basting a quilt” you will come up with oodles of ways to baste a quilt.. i’m sure there are even debates on the subject, but just like any handcrafted project… do what works for YOU!
so far, this is what works for me [but i reserve the right to change my mind in the future..lol]
- the front of a beautiful project
- the backing, i.e. a solid piece of fabric, a cotton sheet, a pieced backing, even another front for your back..
- batting, i love Warm & Natural and/or Warm & White and have no experience with anything else, it just works for me!
- 505 Spray and Fix Adhesive
- old sheet for overspray
i roll out my warm and white onto a sheet and size to fit my quilt front, making sure to have at least 1-2″ on all 4 sides, this allows for movement when quilting. cut your batting.
note: as you can see i lay my quilt onto a sheet bigger than my project so that it will catch most of the overspray..
while searching, googling and reading online quilting pins, blogs, etc… i stumbled upon this amazing, simple trick to create a perfect grid quilting pattern each and every time.. as a new quilter, i need all the help i can get, not to mention my machine doesn’t have a laser guide so the magic blue tape will be my guide….
it all begins with..
ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, Advanced Multi-Surface, .94-Inch by 60-Yard