Wednesday, January 25, 2012

tip #16 cutting and storing extra binding

I am working on the binding of a quilt which I love the backing as much as the front.
These Alexander Henry fairies were so wonderful.

Tip: I use bias bindings because I like how they look and feel. But, they are a pain to cut. So, when I cut for an intended quilt, I cut extra that is ready to go for smaller projects as they come up. I store them on spent spools to keep them in good shape. For scrappy quilts I often use up several different extra pieces.
If I was a more organized person, I would pin to each spool the length of remaining binding. I'd rather live dangerously and see how far it goes.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

shoofly, contemplating borders

Shoofly from Lori's quilt-along at Humble Quilts.
I may decide no borders.
The plaid setting squares are from a shirt I took apart.
Thanks, Lori!

half of the half blocks--shoofly

I have half of the half blocks done.

Someone asked what Italian Lawn is--lawn is a fine weave fabric, think Liberty of London. The paisley bee fabric was made in Italy.

I asked Andy to take my picture last night so I could post it for my students to know me on D2L.
I think I need a stylist.

Monday, January 16, 2012

what I like about January

The low sun streams into church so beautifully.


Lori over at Humble Quilts is having another of her delightful quilt-alongs using an old shoofly quilt.

The bumble bee paisley has been an important part of my stash for over 25 years. It is a piece of Italian lawn that shows up in many of my quilts.

Thanks, Lori!