Quilting Edge-To-Edge, No Binding


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You don’t always need a binding. Some designs can be sewn edge-to-edge.

Like this one. Nice and sharp looking.

I sandwiched the layers. Batting, top fabric and lining. Pinned it all with right sides of fabrics facing each other. Started sewing on one end, leaving an opening large enough for my hand to slip in. To eliminate any possible puckering where the three blocks connect in the corners, I added three stitches before proceeding to sew down along the sides.

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I have one rule before trimming. Give it the once over FIRST. So I turned the table runner inside out.

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It looked OK so I turned it back to outside in. Reinforced the stitching by retracing the stitching. Then trimmed the seams. Turned it back inside out, pressed it, hand stitched the opening closed.

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And now ready to quilt….

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When I finish quilting, I look for the starting and finishing threads. I bury them inside the quilt layers so there are no dangling threads. I didn’t do this on my first few quilts. I didn’t know what to do so I tied the threads into knots and trimmed the knots. So… my first quilted items looked a hot mess from the back, less than stellar. I have learned a LOT since January 2011 when I first learned to quilt.

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And done!!

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I made the matching gold ribbon bow from the mustard polka dot fabric. Reindeer came from the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Got it for just one dollar!! What a deal!! I love that store.

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Quilted Table Runner Inspired By Macrame

Finally…

I get to show you. No more teasing. No more showing you parts of photos. 😀

This was my inspiration.

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A placemat, candle ring and floral holder. In Forest Green macrame cord. I can’t even remember when I made them. I think around the time I retired five years ago. Within that first six months when I was going crazy trying to stay busy and figuring out what to do with the rest of my life.

I kept them on my work table the whole time I was making the table runner. I even used the mat to determine the spacing for the strips on the back.

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Love the versatility of this mini quilt. Two-sided table runner.

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Or as a wall hanging.

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My loopy swirls on the green border came out so-so. I need to practice more.

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Well, that’s my Big Reveal. Hope you enjoyed the mystery of it all. 😀

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Halloween Quilt Top Is Finished


Finished and ready to quilt.

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I sewed on the last black polka dot border around 1am this morning. Took a few photos (in the dark) and headed to get some shut eye.

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Though I didn’t exactly have a huge assortment of Halloween fabrics, I made do and worked with what I had.

This will be the back.

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And I will turn this Michael Miller Clown Stripes horizontal and use it for the binding.

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I used some of it for the sashing in the middle. I only bought one yard. I think I have enough to go all around for the binding.

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1st Day Of Summer Picnic

Today is the first day of Summer. Not too hot. Dry and clear.

How about we go on a picnic?

Let’s see… What to pack?

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First in the picnic basket is this sandwich.

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Next. Fruit. What is a picnic without fruit?

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How about something to read?

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Can’t forget my favorite. Yummy Brown!!

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And a little bit of art. Art In The Park.

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LOL!! You are probably thinking… what is this.


It’s the Quilted Summer Picnic Set I have been working on for about a week.

  • Fabric Wall Hanging
  • Double Table Topper
  • Table Mat
  • Placemats
  • Mug Rugs

Still have quite a bit left to do (quilt the double table topper and table mat; finish the mug rugs). But the placemats are finished. I made five.

The turquoise blue fabric is from that huge stack my friend Lennette sent me several months ago. Just starting to use some of it. Goes perfectly with the color in the Apple and Pears print. (Thanks again, Lennette. 😀 )

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The back has brown and white polka dots. Huge white dots!!

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This is the Double Table Topper. I made three single mats and decided to sew two of them together to make it longer.

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You can’t tell in this photo that two are combined.

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But you can in this one.

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I really had fun making this set. Each day brought idea changes. One minute an idea would pop up and the next, I would go off in a different direction. But I love how the set blends well together. I wish I had more mugs. Will have to check to see if I can find more. That one is one of my 99 cents finds at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

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When I get some energy, I will work on these. They were strips sewed together which I cut, then changed my mind on what to do. So I ripped out the stitching. I am thinking Mug Rugs. Add some fabric in the middle to make them cup sized. And sew on one of the fabrics for the binding. Maybe make four in each color.

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Well, that does it. TIME to go…

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(Time. Get it. My clock I so love. It is so quiet.)

Thanks for coming along with me on my picnic.