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How do you quilt? Some people quilt by hand, some by machine…and some by check. Check? Yep! I cracked up the first time I heard it…lol! What it means is, they pay someone to do the quilting for them. In most cases it’s a long-arm quilter. Now, some long-arm quilters also offer binding services but…some don’t. So I had the awesome idea to offer machine binding services to local quilters who want to bind by check. =) I’m currently working on a list of services and prices.
When I first started quilting I got anxiety when it came to the actual quilting, but even more so when it came to binding. My teacher wasn’t always available so I went surfing and came across Quilting in the Rain. I used Jera’s Binding and Blind Stitching Tutorial for awhile.
Before long, I decided that hand binding is for the birds. I then graduated to her Machine Binding Tutorial. After using this technique for some time, I decided I wanted something w/a less bulky ending. I went surfing again and found Binding by Machine by Carole at Fresh off the Frame. It teaches a smooth, mitered join at the end. It was exactly what I was looking for!
And then one day, either several months or a year later ( I don’t know exactly how long as life is busy and time passes way too quickly), I was visiting my friend jkfreeman13 (IG name). She was showing me quilts she’d made over the years and they were all finished w/a gorgeous and very polished binding that also had an accent color. She referred to it as Susie’s Magic Binding. It is also known as Faux Piped Binding and it is AMAZING! I’ve written about this AMAZING binding before. In the FPB tutorial, Trisha explains the difference in pressing the seam of your binding and accent fabric one way or the other. The effect is either “stuffed” like piping, or “flat” like a flange. This is my absolute favorite binding tutorial to date and will be an option that I offer w/my services. Hand binding, on the other hand, will not be an option I offer.
Last week at our Quilters Anonymous Sit & Sew, in spite of excessive socializing, I managed to get all of the squares sewn together for this scrappy lap quilt I’ve named Lap Full of Flowers.
Afterward, I came home and made a scrappy Jellyroll Race Quilt top.
A Thread for Life