Scrappy Faux Piped Binding Tutorial11.25.13

Faux Piped Binding

On Friday, I shared a little sneak peek over on facebook of what I had been working on .  And today, I’m excited to bring to you a binding tutorial that I’m pretty excited about.

You all know that I was finishing up the binding on Elonie’s quilt and had pretty much decided to do a scrappy binding after getting all of your opinions.  But, it stuck in my head that several of you had mentioned that you felt a scrappy binding usually detracts from the quilt itself.

Edges

After mulling this over a bit, I decided to try a scrappy faux piped binding done completely by machine.  Now, I have tried machine binding methods before and I have n.e.v.e.r. been happy with the results…pin this, glue that, and after binding only 15.2 quilts you, too, will have great machine bound quilts.  I’m picky about my binding, and I want the back to look as good as the front(preferably on the first try–if you click the picture above you can see the back side of my quilt binding in larger detail)–which I have never had success with with machine binding.  I found this method to be less finicky than other machine binding I have tried and I was much happier with the results right out of the gate.  I’m also excited to have a machine binding technique that I am happy with so I can choose not to hand stitch!  So, I’m excited to share this tutorial with you and some tricks I learned along the way.

Make Binding

First off, you’ll cut your binding strips as you normally would with one exception–you will be cutting two sets.  Cut the strips for the piping 1 3/4″ x wof(these are the colorful strips) and cut the strips for the main binding 1 1/2″(these are the white strips).  Sew all of the piping strips together(I use a mitred seam) & sew all of the white strips together(again, I use a mitred seam).  Tip:  Cut your strips as accurately as possible.  This will help with the accuracy of the piping width and seam along the backside of the quilt when you sew the binding down.

Sew

Next, sew the binding strips and the piping strips right sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Press

Press the seam to one side.  I pressed toward the piping fabric to bulk it up a little bit to give it more the look of actual piping.  Tip:  Be careful when pressing to keep your strips as even as possible–the less ripples the more accurate the final result will be.  Next, press the strips wrong sides together–be careful to align the raw edges.  You’ll end up with some great piped binding.

PIped Binding

The next step is to sew the binding to the back of the quilt using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Complete this step as you normally would when initially sewing binding to a quilt.  Somehow, I managed to not take a picture of this step but I think you get the idea. =)  After sewing down the binding to the back of the quilt, flip the binding to the front and machine quilt it down.

Align Walking Foot

Initially when I started this step, I carefully pinned the binding into place to insure everything lined up.  But, somehow, everything didn’t line up.  So, I gave it a whirl with no pinning and I found out that on my Bernina with a walking foot, if I lined up the right side of the foot with the fold and the needle in the ditch of the piping/binding that the seam on the back was perfect.  As long as I kept everything lined up the back was fantastic.  Now, of course there were times when I veered off a tad but all in all, pretty good!–You can click the 2nd picture from the top to get a larger view of the back to see the stitching(the row with no piping is the back of the quilt).   For the corners, I mitred them together as I got to them–this will take a bit more practice to get perfect–the key here is to make sure when you initially sew the binding to the quilt that your corners are neat and tidy.

Binding

You should end up with a great alternative binding to hand stitching–and hopefully with less frustration than machine binding can be!

Piped Binding

And, here’s Elonie’s finished quilt.  I think the scrappy piping is just perfect it doesn’t overwhelm the quilt and it’s not as harsh as a solid might have been or as busy as a print might have been.

Hope you all enjoy the tutorial!

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Rainbow Rows Quilt10.31.13

I got Elonie’s Rainbow Rows Quilt back from Abby who did the quilting for me.  I couldn’t be happier with the way that it turned out.  When I had initially talked to Abby about the quilting, I had been thinking about straight line quilting it.  Instead, she suggested using a chevron pattern.  Abby has some great quilts pictured on her blog that she has chevron quilted, of which I’d been eyeing,  so  using that pattern on Elonie’s quilt was a welcome suggestion.

Photo Courtesy of www.latimerlane.blogspot.com

For Elonie’s quilt, I asked that the zigzags run vertically on the quilt to emphasize the rows.

I think it works very well with the rather geometric nature of the quilt.

Elonie is so tickled to have her quilt nearly finished.  She wanted to sleep with it the day we got it but I had to tell her that it still needed the binding sewed to it.  Speaking of the binding, any suggestions for what you would choose?  I had been planning on using a solid grey.  But, now I’m leaning a little bit towards a script print–maybe one of these?:

Image Courtesy of www.fabricworm.com

Or one of the Art Gallery Squared Elements fabrics–maybe one of the greys?:

Image Courtesy of www.hawthornethreads.com

Which direction would you go in?  I suppose I could also do a scrappy binding using all of the solids in the quilt–I’ve always been happy when I go that route as well.

Hope you all are having a great week!

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Bee Purposeful September10.14.13

My fabric choices for this month.

September was Toni’s month in Bee Purposeful.  For this bee, that means it was her month to choose our theme/colors and she will be receiving all of the blocks, piecing & quilting the quilt top.

 I was so excited about what Toni chose for her month–she wanted a variety of churn dash blocks and this was our fabric inspiration:

Photo Courtesy of www.hoosiertoni.blogspot.com

For those of you who followed along with the SuperSized Sampler quilt along you may recognize that back print as being from the Reminisce line of fabric…so pretty!

Toni asked for various sized churn dash blocks–she posted a great tutorial for us on her blog.  I ended up making 3 different blocks for her.

First up is a pretty standard 12″ churndash.

I also made 4 small 6″ blocks which, when sewn together makes a 12″ block.  This block was the first one that I made–it’s interesting to me because that aqua crosshatch fabric makes that churn dash block look totally wonky and yet it’s not.

And I also made a churn dash in a churn dash block.  In this larger sized block, the aqua cross hatch doesn’t have the same effect as in the smaller version.

Toni has received some great blocks and I really like her color palette.  I’ll be sure to share the finished quilt–I think it’ll be great!

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Rainbow Row Along {Row #12} Last Row!09.30.13

We’ve made it 12 weeks and we are now ready for the last row of your Rainbow Rows quilt!  Yay!–I know Elonie is ready to have her quilt finished!

For this row, I am using Pure Elements Cabernet.  I had such a hard time photographing the true color of this dark purple fabric.  You can best see it in this post–so just pretend that all the pictures below are a nice dark purple and not some off shade of black! =p

Fabric Requirements:  1/4 yard Cabernet Pure Elements Fabric by Art Gallery and  1/2 yard Moda Bella PFD White

From the Purple fabric cut (2) 2 1/2″ x wof strips; subcut into (16) 2 1/2″ squares, cut an additional (2) 2 1/2″ x wof strips; subcut into (8) 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles

From the White Fabric cut (2) 6 1/2″ x wof strips; subcut into (7) 6 1/2″ squares and (2) 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles, also cut (2) 2 1/2″ x wof strips; subcut into (32) 2 1/2″ squares

Sew together two white 2 1/2″ squares and one 2 1/2″ purple square as pictured.  Make a total of 16 units.

Sew together two of the units made above and one 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ purple rectangle to make a plus block.  Make a total of 8 blocks.

Sew together the plus blocks and the white 6 1/2″ squares–alternate pieced/white squares beginning and ending with a pieced block.  Sew a 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ white rectangle to the top and the bottom of the strip.

Sew the final strip to the Rainbow Rows Quilt Top.

And we now have a completed quilt top!  I hope you have all enjoyed these weekly installments of the Rainbow Rows Quilt.  I am glad to have a finished quilt that I hope Elonie will enjoy for years to come!

If you have made or are making a Rainbow Rows Quilt of your own I would love if you would share it in the LMS flickr group!

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Rainbow Row Along {Row #11}09.23.13

For this weeks row we will be making our last appliqued polka dot row.  Row #11 Details:

Fabrics:  1/4 yard Verve Violet Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics & 1/3 yard of Moda Bella PFD White and 1/2 yard HeatnBond Lite.

From the White solid cut (3) 3 1/2″ x WOF strips, trim selvages and sew end to end, cut 1 strip 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″

From here, I’m going to refer you to the directions for Row #3.  Make an identical row using the Verve Violet fabric.  Remember this handy tip:

When you are ready to iron the circles onto the white strip, place the long white strip directly over top and centered onto the pink polka dot row in your quilt top.  Then you can lay the purple circles in place without having to measure their placement & it will be identical to all the dotty rows.

Sew the violet strip onto your Rainbow Rows quilt top.

Next week we will complete our quilt top with one last dark purple row.  If you’ve been sewing along for the last 11 weeks you’ve now got a pretty cool quilt top!

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Rainbow Row Along {Row #10}09.16.13

Whew!–What a busy week and weekend I just had.  Fortunately I was still able to keep on track with my next row of Elonie’s quilt.  I’ve been excited about this block since designing the quilt–and it turned out just as cute as I had hoped.

For this row you will need:  1/2 yard of Tile Blue Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics & 7/8 yd. Moda Bella PFD White.

From the Blue Fabric cut: (2) 8 1/2″ x wof strips; cut into (8) 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangles

From the White Fabric: cut (4) 2 1/2″ x wof strips; cut (16) 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ rectangles, cut (3) 2 1/2″ x wof strips; cut into (8) 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangles, cut (2) 4 1/2″ x wof strips; cut into (16) 4 1/2″ squares, cut (1) 2 1/4″ x wof strip; cut into (16) 2 1/4″ squares

Place a 4 1/2″ white square right sides together in the corner of the blue rectangle.  Sew a diagonal line.

 Trim a 1/4″ seam allowance and press.   Sew a 4 1/2″ white square on the other top corner(on the 8 1/2″ side).  Sew a diagonal, trim a 1/4″ seam and press.

 In the same manner, complete the bottom two corners using the 2 1/4″ squares.

Sew a 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ white rectangle to the sides of the Raindrop block.  Press away from the center.  Sew a 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle to the bottom of the block.  Press away from the center.  Make a total of (8) 12 1/2″ Raindrop Blocks.

 Sew the Raindrops together to complete Row #10.

Sew the row onto the Rainbow Rows quilt top.

Next week we are onto the purples!

On a side note: For those of you following along on the SuperSized Block Along, I updated the the “Cutting Instructions for the Whole Sampler”.  If you saved or printed out the cutting instructions before Saturday morning double check to make sure that you have the current version on my blog.  I changed up the piecing on one of the blocks to make it a little bit easier.  If you have already cut the pieces for the entire sampler you will have just a few more pieces to cut.  It doesn’t change the yardage requirements at all.  

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Rainbow Rows {Row #6}08.19.13

Our summer has come to an end and we are now going to have to get back into school routine mode.  Miss Chloe’s first day of 3rd grade begins today and with it our care free summer is gone.  With school comes bed times, early mornings, soccer practices/games, homework and all of the other things a new school year brings.  I always hate to see our summer come to a close.  I don’t know if I will ever be “that mom” that is excited to send her kidders off to school.  I’m sure if I had more than two my mind could be swayed in that direction. =p

This week brings us to Row #6 in our Rainbow Row Along.  Its our first green row.  For this week you will need:

3/4 yard of Dark Citron Pure Elements by Art Gallery & 3/4 yard of Moda Bella PFD White

From both the Green and White Fabrics cut (6) 4 1/2″ x WOF strips.

Next, sew the strips into 4 strip sets (2) Green/White/Green sets and (2) White/Green/White sets.  Press to the green.

Cut the strips sets into 4 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangles.  You will need a total of (12) Green/White/Green pieces and (12) White/Green/White pieces.

Sew together the rectangles to complete the row.

And then sew the green row to your quilt top.

And another shot of the first 6 rows.

I hope you all are enjoying these fun quick rows!  Elonie is very anxious for me to complete this quilt.  Every time I complete a new row she has to try it out. =)  For those of you sending kidders off to school today I wish them all a great first week!

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Rainbow Rows {Row #4}08.05.13

Did you guys get a lot of productive sewing done over the weekend?  For us, these last few weekends are going sooo fast before school starts.  I think both of the girls are getting ready to go back.  I have been spending the last week doing a little bit more refereeing between the two of them, so that’s usually a sign that it’s about time to go back to school.  And it certainly makes it easier for me to have to send them off when they haven’t been behaving as well as they could!

This week we are ready for Row #4 of our Rainbow Rows quilt.  We are going to be making super quick pinwheel blocks.  For this row you will need:

2/3 yard of Burnt Orange  Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics and 2/3 yard of Moda Bella PFD White

From both the Orange and the White cut 2 strips 9 3/4″ x WOF, subcut into 8 squares 9 3/4″ x 9 3/4″

Sewing Instructions

Begin by placing a white square and an orange square right sides together.  Sew 1/4″ around the perimeter of the squares.

Cut diagonally thru the square twice.

Open up the units and press to the orange fabric.

Now how cool of a method for HST’s was that?–So speedy and quick!  You will want to trim each HST to 6 1/2″–they might not all need trimmed, mine were pretty much spot on.  Repeat using all of the orange and white 9 3/4″ squares.

Then, sew the HST’s into a pinwheel block.  I totally forgot to take a picture of this step–but I think you probably all know how to sew a pinwheel block together!  The pinwheels will measure 12 1/2″.

Sew your pinwheel blocks together to make the next strip for our quilt.

And here are the first 4 rows of Elonie’s Rainbow Rows quilt.

I love how quickly each row is coming together–it’s definitely a quilt you can work on for just a little bit of time a week and you get great results!  Hope you are having fun with it!

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Rainbow Row Along {Row #3}07.29.13

Are you ready to kick the week off with another row?

We are ready for Row #3 of Elonie’s Rainbow Rows quilt.  Row #3 details:

Fabrics: 1/4 yard Crystal Pink Elements fabric by Art Gallery & the 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″ strip you saved from last week

You will also need 1/2 yard of HeatnBond Lite–if you don’t have this on hand, go ahead and purchase 2 yards of it–it’s gonna be used in a few more rows.

Begin by printing out this weeks circle template pattern here.  Note: If applique isn’t your thing, I’ve provided alternate pieced row instructions at the bottom of this post.

Trace 32 circles onto the paper side of the HeatnBond lite.  Iron onto the wrong side of the pink fabric.

Cut apart the circles on the traced line.

Place the circles on the 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″ white strip saved from last week.  The circles will begin and end about 1/2″ from the top and bottom of the strip and will have just under 1/2″ between the circles.  Keep them 1/4″ from the sides of the strip.  I ended up only needing 31 of the circles with this spacing.  You could also place them closer together.

A tip as you are placing the circles:  as you put the circles in place touch the tip of your hot iron onto the center of each circle.  This will activate the glue and will keep the circles in place–but, if you need to reposition them you can as they are just tacked in place lightly.

After the circles are positioned, iron them into place.  Finish the edges using a blanket stitch(or your stitch of choice) and coordinating thread.

Sew row #3 onto Rows #1 & #2.

*If you prefer not to applique you can substitute this strip with pieced squares instead.  Although I have to tell you that Elonie said this row was her favorite so far! =)  If you decide to swap out this row you will need 1/4 yard of pink fabric and 1/4 yard of white(or you can cut up the 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″ strip you saved from last week).  Cut (2) 3 1/2″ x WOF strips from both the white and the pink, subcut into 16 squares 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  Piece the squares together alternating pink and white to form a 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″ pieced square strip.  Sew this strip onto rows #1 & #2.

Hope you are all merrily rowing along!

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Rainbow Row Along {Row #2}07.22.13

Hope you all had a great weekend!  These hot, hot days are perfect stay in and sew days–unless of course you are hanging out at the pool which would be another perfect way to beat the heat!

We are ready for Row #2 of Elonie’s Rainbow Rows quilt.  Row #2 details:

Fabrics: 1/2 yard Festive Fuchsia Pure Elements fabric by Art Gallery, 1 yard Moda Bella PFD White

From the Fuchsia fabric:

-cut 2 strips 7 1/2″ x WOF, subcut into 8 squares 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″

From the White fabric :

-cut 2 strips 7 1/2″ x WOF, subcut into 8 squares 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″

-cut 5 strips 3 1/2″ x WOF, trim selvages, sew end to end and cut 2 strips 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″

For this row, we are going to be making easy hourglass units.  These units start with half square triangle units.  Now, since the squares are larger we can’t use our nifty method from last week with the drawn line(they would completely cover up our line).  But I still have a time saving method.  Instead of drawing the diagonal line–just finger press them..easy!  Go ahead and finger press all of the white squares in half diagonally.

Now you can continue making HST units as you normally would using all of the white & fuchsia squares(place a white square and a fuchsia square right sides together–sew 1/4″ away from both sides of the pressed line.  Cut the unit apart on the pressed line, open, and press toward the fuchsia).

You will have 16 HST units.

Finger press 8 of the HST unit in half diagonally as pictured.

Now, lay two of the HST units right sides together with one of the finger pressed units on top(the fuchsia section should be on top of the white section & the seams should nest perfectly).  Sew 1/4″ away from both sides of the pressed line.  Cut the unit apart on the pressed line, open, and press to one side.  You will end up with 16 hourglass blocks.

At this point in time you will want to trim them to 6 1/2″ squares.  Now, I am not a gadgety gal but I use this ruler a lot.  It is perfect for squaring up half square triangles and quarter square triangles.

Sew the completed hourglass blocks into a strip 6 1/2″ x 69 1/2″.  Press seams in one direction.

Now, you can sew Rows #1 & #2 together.  Use one of the 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″ white strips to separate the two.  Press seams toward the plain white strip.

Huh…what about that extra 3 1/2″ x 96 1/2″ white strip?–you will be using that for the next row so hang onto it!

Hope you are having fun rowing along!

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