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Showing posts with label Libby Lehman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Libby Lehman. Show all posts

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Binding Finish & Sewline Chalk Pen

Hi everyone!  Hope you've had a great week so far!

Thought I would share how I finish up my bindings.  This method is nothing 'new' - that's for sure.  And I know many people like to do it a bit different.  But this is how I do it, and I learned from my Libby Lehman DVD "A Day of ThreadPlay" which is a wonderful DVD!  I hope some of you may have had the chance to be in her class in Great Falls this past week!

So I've squared up the edges of my quilt, using the inside border seam as a reference for the straight edge.  The binding has been sewn on, and the gap below reflects the space that I've allowed to finish the binding seam, and so it will meet up with the quilt evenly.
I fold the binding so the folds meet, and press.  This puts a reference fold line, pressed into the binding fabric, so I can see where to sew the line to joint those two ends of binding fabric.

Sometimes, on darker fabrics, like this green batik, I also like to add a bit of a line (on the pressed fold) using my "Sewline" chalk pencils, so I can see where I'm sewing better.  I love this chalk pen!  I use it to mark all my curves for free motion feathers, too.  No sharpening, and it even comes with an eraser.  (Sorry, my thumb is covering the eraser!)  

The white pin (below - wish I had used a brighter colore dpin!) is where I pinned the excess quilt fabric, so it makes it easier to sew the binding ends together...
I open up the folded edges of the binding fabric, pin it, and place them rights side together, to prepare to sew my 1/2" seam...

I like to use my #37 patchwork foot. Notice I chalked the edge just so I can see for sure where my seam should be.  Be sure to look at the edge of your slide-on table... those markings are mighty handy guides! (And I forgot to take a picture of that -- oops!)

Here's the finished seam, the edges of the binding are back together, pressed, and ready to perfectly fit on the space left to finish up sewing onto the rest of the quilt, nice and flat.

I like to press the binding away from the front of the quilt, just to make it nice and neater in sewing down the backside of the binding to the back of the quilt.

I know alot of folks out there who probably join the binding edges using a 45 degree angled seam.  That's great, too.  This is a technique I picked up from a video by Libby Lehman.  "A Day of Threadplay."  And I don't think it leaves the seam with excess bulk... but perhaps I'm not so picky about it either!  Anyway, I enjoy this finish, and it is easy to do, and quick!

Thanks for stopping by!  I appreciate that you do.  Have a GREAT DAY, everyone.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pot Luck AppliqueThreadplay!

This has been my 'learning curve' (pun intended!) ... my project for the weekend applying a potluck of applique sewing techniques. 
All of a sudden, (Saturday night) I had a big issue with skipped stitches.  I tried everything I could think of; have known to do without much success.  My husband then just happened to remark to me that a storage door was sticking... and I quickly responded "it's swelling from all the moisture in the air." Then...  it dawned on me, (duh!) what was wrong.  My threads are swelling, just like the door.  Humidity.  Rain... rain... rain.  We've had so much rain and flooding! More... on the way.  Sigh.

So I instantly switched to a bigger needle; a size 100 topstitch needle, and problem solved. (Relief flooded me!)

Learning the intricacies of playing with sheer fabrics has been a fun challenge!  And, I was very happy to find those types of fabrics 60% off at JoAnn Fabrics, Saturday morning.  The lady cutting my fabric was quite intrigued with me buying half yards of six different colors. I answered her it was for free motion quilting and applique with freezer paper. She was perplexed, and asked me to come back and show my finished project!
I had a few 'flops' (ugh) and I need more practice, but I'm finally getting the swing of it a bit more.  I think I'm gonna like using that flimsy organza stuff!  It's so pretty... and ethreal.  Here's a little sample I finished:

I'm playing with ideas for patterns, projects and inspiration which will be the focus of a weekend workshop I plan to teach this fall. 

So fun! Much simpler than you may imagine. No fusible web involved!  The freezer paper templates were a breeze to work with.
 The one above is my own design; it's not quite finished yet, but close. The source of this little project?  It's Libby Lehman's "A Day of Threadplay" video.  

If you've never had the opportunity to be a student in Libby Lehman's classes, jump on it! But in the meantime, her video is well worth it if you think you might like this type of project.
 I enjoyed her techniques, and saw more than a couple good tips  that I will put to excellent use!
What do you think?  Is this little project something you would be interested enough to try?  

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