WHOOMP There IT Is! #16 – My Binding Evolution

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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.

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A friend told me about a binding technique quite a while ago…but at the time, I was too preoccupied w/my current projects to pay it any attention.  Fast Forward 2 years and I was visiting another friend who was showing me piles of quilts she’d made over the years and they were all finished w/a gorgeous, professional looking binding. She referred to it as Susie’s Magic Binding. But it’s also known as Faux Piped Binding and it is AMAZING!  I prefer the FPB tutorial because it’s a PDF and Trisha explains the effects of pressing the seam of your binding and accent fabric one way or the other. 
For a “stuffed” piped look, press your seam toward the accent fabric.
For a “flat” flange look, press your seam toward the binding fabric
I am totally hooked on this technique and have finished several quilts w/it!  I’ve always preferred machine binding, however my quilts have never looked better than w/this technique.  Thanks Trisha!

This pattern is Modern Lattice by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts.

This pattern is Hillside Houses by Cristina of Pretty Little Quilts.

 And a couple other finishes…

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Until next time, Happy Quilting and God Bless!

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Great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Psalm 117:2 NIV
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About a year or so after I learned how to quilt, I started looking online for different ways/options to do things such as binding, basting,etc.  As a new quilter, binding was my least favorite part of quilting.  I dreaded it!  There had to be an easier way of binding than how I’d been taught! 

One of the first sites I came across was Quilting In The Rain. It was love at first sight! Jera’s instructional and pattern tutorials are simple and quick. I found her binding tutorials very refreshing.  I stalked her blog many a night and always left inspired.  I’ve made several of her patterns over the last few years; the latest being one from her book Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern which I won an autographed copy of on an Instagram giveaway!

I needed something that would go together super quick for an upcoming baby shower and chose the Queen Anne Steps pattern. 

It worked perfectly for the 3 fabrics I’d chosen to match the decor in the baby’s room and it’s a good size; 48 1/2″ x 60 1/2″.  

It’s definitely a pattern one could complete in about 8 hours or so…depending on how fancy you get w/your quilting however,  I did it in about 4 shorter sessions. 

I thought it would be a good opportunity to practice FMQ, however it proved to be difficult for me because I matched my thread to the fabric and couldn’t really see what the heck I was doing! Since I did match the thread to the fabric, I sewed all the pink strips first, then the blue and lastly the orange. I did practice FMQ on all the pink strips and quickly switched to simple wavy and straight lines for the next 2 colors. 

I used the leftover strips to make a matching pillow.

In case you didn’t notice, I finally made a blog signature! I used this tutorial I found on Val’s Quilting Studio  Tutorials page.  Afterward I started looking around on how to make a custom header and came across this tutorial using Pic Monkey.  I’ve been playing around w/it all week…but my blog header is still a work in progress! Hopefully soon I will get it and my blog looking exactly how I want it. But for now, what you see, is what you get! =)

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