UFO Sighting (Unfinished Objects)

The weather is getting cooler here in Kansas and for the ladies of the house, this means we are working on projects. Kendra and the girls have started their Christmas knitting and I am working on several “just because” projects. And my list is growing.

I recently discovered Craftsy. Do you know about Craftsy? Craftsy is an online plethora of crafting goodness. There are classes of all sorts (quilting, sewing, knitting, baking, cheesemaking, beading, and soooo many more), some are free and some you pay for. There are tons of patterns, both free and for sale. And then there are the crafting supplies…fabric, yarn, and all kinds of goodies at a really discounted price.

So these yummies just arrived in my mailbox today! I haven’t bought any fabric in a really long time. But when I browsing the Crafty classes, I noticed they had a Civil War Block of the Month (BOM). For those not familiar with BOM’s, basically you work on one quilt block per month and at the end of the year you put them all together to form one large quilt. The Civil War BOM class is on sale right now for $29.99. Once you sign up, you have indefinite access to the videos for the class, so you can work at your own pace and go back over it as many times as you like.

I have always wanted to make a Civil War quilt. I love the reproduction fabrics and learning all the history behind the block patterns. Kendra has been wanting to learn to quilt so we may work on this one together.

Online Quilting Class

If you are just learning to quilt (or would like to), there is another Block of the Month that is geared toward beginners and it is FREE! This is a great way to learn a little at a time. This is also a great project for younger girls…a free home-ec class.

And one more little project…

I am making a wall hanging quilt pattern. I have had this pattern in my mind for over three years but have never been able to complete it. I finally drew out the embroidery design on illustrator (it will have a middle block with embroidery). Actually the entire pattern is drawn out in illustrator, I just need to find time to quilt the sample piece for it.

Here are the sweet fabrics I will be using for it. Can’t wait to finish everything so that I can share it with you all!

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Tutorial: Quilt Binding Part 2

If you missed Tutorial: Quilt Binding Part 1, please take a look at it to learn how to attach the binding to your quilt.

In this lesson, I will cover how to sew the binding to the back of the quilt.    There are several different ways to do this, including machine sewing.  However, I don’t think any of them turn out as nice as hand stitching.  When done correctly, the binding will be continuous and the stitches will hardly show. 

It does take a bit more time and practice, but once you have it mastered you will be so pleased with your handiwork!

Hand sew the binding to the back of the quilt:

When you are finished sewing the binding onto the quilt top, fold binding over the raw edge of the quilt towards the back of the quilt. You will now hand sew the binding to the back of the quilt using a slip stitch.

To begin sewing, I like to start my stitch from the inside of the binding to hide the knot in the thread. Place the needle along the outside edge of the binding. Insert needle along the edging, bring needle out and catching the edge of the binding.

When you reach the corners, fold the binding down and catch the corner edge of the binding, creating a mitered corner.

Continue stitching around the quilt until all the binding has been stitched to the quilt.

insert needle under edge of binding

push needle up through edge of binding

bring needle up through corner of binding

If you would like to learn more about binding a quilt, check out my Quilt Binding Video Tutorial.

Tutorial: Quilt Binding Part 1

When I first started quilting, I would get so excited when I would near the end of making a quilt. Most of the time I just wanted to get finished with it so that I could enjoy my quilt. Needless to say, I didn’t do a very good job of binding my quilt. I had spent time (lots of time) and money on creating a masterpiece, and I would often frame my masterpiece in a cardboard frame (figuratively speaking).

Over the years I have learned how to do a better job of binding my quilts. I have even learned to love the handwork involved. I really believe that the binding is like a good frame, it makes the picture stand over and look even lovelier than it does alone.

If you are having trouble binding your quilts, or perhaps have never bound a quilt, this tutorial is for you. In this tutorial, I walk you through step-by-step binding your quilt.

It takes a little practice to become good at binding a quilt, but once you learn, your quilting will never be the same!

How to Bind a Quilt:

trim edges of quilt

cut strips

join strips

Prepare quilt and binding:

The first thing you will need to do is trim away the excess fabric and batting from the edges of your quilt and make sure it is squared up.

Next, you will need to cut your binding strips. I like to cut mine 2 1/2 inches wide. I measure the perimeter of the quilt and add 12 inches to it for the total length of my binding strip. To create one long continuous strip, take the ends of 2 strips of fabric and lay them perpendicular, right sides together. Sew diagonally as shown in picture. Trim leaving a 1/4 seam allowance. Press open binding strip. Repeat until you reach the desired length of binding strip.

Press entire binding strip in half lengthwise, right sides facing out. 

Attach binding to quilt:

Starting in the middle of one side of the quilt, lay the binding on the top of the quilt, raw edges together.  Leaving a 6 inch tail, begin sewing the binding to the edge of the quilt top leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Continue sewing the binding around all sides of the quilt.  Stop sewing approximately 6 inches before reaching the beginning of the quilt binding.  You will need to join the tails together before you continue to sew.

Mitered Corners:

As you approach each corner, stop sewing 1/4 inch before your reach the end of the side.  Fold the binding strip up, creating a 45 degree fold in the fabric.  Next, lay the fabric down over the 45 degree angle making sure it is held in place under the binding.  Begin sewing again, starting at the top of the corner, over the fold.

stop 1/4 in. from edge

fold binding up

lay binding down

Creating a continuous binding strip:

In order to create a continuous binding strip, first determine the amount of overlap of your two ends of binding. The overlap should be the width of your binding. I learned this technique from Heather Mulder Peterson’s website, where she suggest using a piece of your left over binding as a measuring guide. Once you determine the amount of over, in my case 2 1/2 inches, open the binding up and place the right sides together, perpendicularly, just as you did to sew your binding strips together earlier. Again, sew diagonally and trim excess fabric.

Fold fabric into place and continue sewing binding strip onto the quilt top.

measure overlap

right sides together, sew across diagonal, trim

fold into place, sew to quilt

To learn how to sew the binding to the back of the quilt by hand, please see the next post in the series Tutorial: Quilt Binding Part 2.

You can also watch my Quilt Binding Video Tutorial.

Half Square Triangle Tutorial

This tutorial teaches you how to use paper templates to create several half square triangles at once, instead of individually.

Half Square Triangle Tutorial from Jasmine Lucero on Vimeo.

To download the half square triangle templates, please navigate to the download page. Hope you enjoy the tutorial!