Waste Not…Make More Quilts!

When we make Flying Geese in the Thrifty Quilter system, we use the “stitch and flip” method- two small squares and a rectangle equals one “goose”. Of course, this method leaves us with small “waste” triangles.

You can use those, you know.

Okay, I confess, the trimmed-away triangles from small set geese (2.5″ squares and 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles) do wind up in the dog-bed pile in my studio, but recently I made a flock of large set (3.5″ squares and 3.5″ x 6.5″ rectangles) geese, and those trimmed-away triangles are perfect for making 2.5″ half square triangles…HSTs in quilt-speak. Let me show you:

Draw a diagonal line on the back of your 3.5" square, and a second line 1/2" from the first line. Sew on both lines.

Draw a diagonal line on the back of your 3.5″ square, and a second line 1/2″ from the first line. Sew on both lines.

Trim the corner 1/4" from the first line. Press seam open and repeat on the other end of the rectangle.

Trim the corner 1/4″ from the first line. Press seam open and repeat on the other end of the rectangle.

I now have the "goose" for my project, and two HSTs leftover.

I now have the “goose” for my project, and two HSTs that can go into my 2.5″ squares bin.

These HSTs are just a little too big, and need to be trimmed down.

Many square rulers have a 45 degree line that goes into a corner.

Lay your ruler down so that the 45° line is on the diagonal seam. The left and bottom edges of the square extend past the 2.5" lines on your ruler. Trim the right and top edges.

Lay your ruler down so that the 45° line is on the diagonal seam. The left and bottom edges of the square extend past the 2.5″ lines on your ruler. Trim the right and top edges.

Flip the HST around and line the diagonal line on the seam again. This time the left and bottom edges should be right on your 2.5" lines. Again, trim the right and top edges.

Flip the HST around and place the diagonal line on the seam again. This time the left and bottom edges should be right on your 2.5″ lines. Again, trim the right and top edges.

 

 And here are a couple of blocks you can make with these “bonus” HST’s:

1 – “All Points” (8″ block)

For this block you need four pairs of HST's, one 2.5" square that matches each pair, and four white 2.5" squares.

For this block you need four pairs of HST’s, one 2.5″ square that matches each pair, and four white 2.5″ squares.

For each pai of HSts, sew one to a matching square and the other to a white square. Notice the orientation of the diagonal seams in the photo. All of the HSTs must look the same going through your machine.

For each pair of HSTs, sew one to a matching square and the other to a white square. Notice the orientation of the diagonal seams in the photo. All of the HSTs must look the same going through your machine.

Now you can sew those pairs together to make four "point" units.

Now you can sew those pairs together to make four “point” units.

Now you can sew the points together to complete your "All Points" block.

Then sew the points together to complete your “All Points” block.

 

2. “Rocky Mountain” (8″ block)

For this block you need ten matching HSTs, plus two 2.5" white squares and one 4.5" print square. This block is a good choice for "fussy cut" 4.5" squares.

For this block you need ten matching HSTs, plus two 2.5″ white squares and one 4.5″ print square. This block is a good choice for “fussy cut” 4.5″ squares.

Sew two strips with three HST's and one white square. Notice that the HSTs "point" to the right.  Sew two pairs of HSTs. Notice that the pairs "point" to the left.

Sew two strips with three HST’s and one white square. Notice that the HSTs “point” to the right. Sew two pairs of HSTs. Notice that the pairs “point” to the left.

Sew the HST pairs to the left and right sides of the 4.5" square.

Sew the HST pairs to the left and right sides of the 4.5″ square.

Now sew the strips to the top and bottom to complete your "Rocky Mountain" block.

Now sew the strips to the top and bottom to complete your “Rocky Mountain” block.

Remember- Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 9 hits newsstands on May 6th, and includes a brand new totally TQable block.

Watch this blog for a sneak peak sometime during the week of April 28th!

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Here We Go Again!

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May 6, 2014 is the official release date for Quiltmaker Magazine’s latest collection of quilt blocks, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 9, and one of the blocks is mine!

Of course, I can’t show you a photo yet, but I will give you a sneak peak at it, and at least one of the three quilts I designed for my block, during the pre-publication Blog Roll the week of April 28th.

 

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The Company I Keep…

It would have killed me to do this when I was a teenager, but now that I’m middle-aged, with the first rays of “my golden years” beginning to peak over the horizon, I can admit it – My mother was right. A person is known by the company she keeps. Over the years, I have fallen in with a bunch of quilters, and fortunately, they are mostly wholesome, upright, God-fearing women who would never lead me astray. But there are a few…

Kathy, for instance. My BQB (Best Quilting Buddy) I blame my fabric stash that has grown so large my sewing room can’t hold it on Kathy. She drags me to the local quilt shop on Fat Quarter Fridays. Yes she does…she MAKES me go in there! If there’s a bolt of fabric I just absolutely love, she will not let me get just the quarter-yard that would make me perfectly happy. “Three yards” is her rule, “because you might want to use it for borders.” It’s her fault.

When I stand at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter quizzes me about the year I gave up buying fabric for Lent, I will point at Charlotte. I only went into that shop for one spool of white thread. I had it in my hand and was headed for the checkout, and there she was with a basketful of bolts “all at 40% off!” I will admit I yielded to temptation, but the truth is, I went on an absolute bender.

Then there’s Annette. If I mention a class anywhere within a 2-days drive, she buys the gas, I drive and we’re there. She usually finishes the projects, but I can’t hold that against her.

I blame my quilty friends for my closet full of unfinished projects. Yes, Mom, if all of my friends begin a new block-of-the-month or mystery quilt or guild challenge, I must jump off of that “cliff”, too.

So here I stand, surrounded by UFO’s and hoping two of my new online quilting buddies (OQB’s) will help me get my quilting life under control.

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“Aunt Marti” is Marti Dyer-Allison. We “met” as members of Quiltmaker Magazine’s 2013 Scrap Squad. Marti produces 52 quilts a year. That’s right, one a week. Not quilt tops, either…finished quilts. I don’t know how anyone who keeps that pace could possibly have unfinished projects laying around, but it appears she does, so she’s hosting a year-long project to complete a dozen UFO’s in 2014. One each month. I wasn’t going to sign on, but honestly, I have at least a half-dozen quilts that just need binding. I think I can do this!

Click HERE if you’d to read Marti’s blog and learn more.

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Then there’s Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs, one of my fellow Quiltwoman.com designers. It’s probably a good thing that she and I live at almost opposite ends of the country, because if we hung out in person, we might well end up in custody somewhere. She’s that much fun. She’s also a member of the 2014 Quiltmaker Scrap Squad.

During the month of February, Beth hosts “Drop and Give Me Twenty”. By joining, you commit to spending 20 minutes of quality time with your sewing machine each and every day for the month. Again, I wasn’t going to jump off of this particular cliff, but then I looked at the stack of projects on my “to do” list, which is more like a must-be-done-we’re-on-a-deadline list. If I start them this week, they will technically be UFO’s on February 1st.

20 minutes a day? Piece of cake! Here’s my official pledge:

“I, Anne Wiens, am joining Quilting Hottie Haven’s third annual DaGMT event, and pledge to quilt for at least 20 minutes every day of the month of February, 2014. My stated reason for joining this challenge is to finish all of the projects on my you-must-finish-this-you’re-on-a-deadline list. In truth, I’m doing this because I can’t stand the idea of hundreds of quilters around the world having fun without me. Oh…and I think Beth Helfter is brilliant for coming up with this concept and inspiring me to join.”

Another good reason to join DAGMT – She’s awarding prizes, including a copy of The Thrifty Quilter, written by me.

Click HERE for Beth’s blog. (Fair warning: Drinking a beverage while reading it may lead to spit-takes.)

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It’s Only Math…

Raise your hand if you’re reading this blog post because of Diane’s nice review of The Thrifty Quilter on Quiltmaker magazine’s “Quilty Pleasures” blog.  Thank you for tuning in” as we say in radio… a.k.a. “my day job” (K96fm.com). Diane’s review gives me an opportunity to explain how truly versatile this simple little scrap system can be.

The origin of the Thrifty Quilter (TQ) system is explained in the first post I wrote for this blog. Click HERE to read it.

In the book, I worked with two “sets” of scraps to build my blocks and quilts. The small set is a 2.5″ square, 4.5″ square and a 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle. The large set is a 3.5″ square, a 6.5″ square and a 3.5″ x 6.5″ rectangle. The block instructions call for “small squares”, “large squares” and “rectangles”.  If I’m using the small set for a particular block, the small square is always 2.5″, the large square is always 4.5″ and the rectangle is always 2.5″ x 4.5″.  If I want to make the same block with the large set, the small square is always 3.5″, the large square is 6.5″ and the rectangle is always 3.5″ x 6.5″.

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These three pieces can be combined to make half-square triangles, flying geese and other parts and pieces that in turn can be combined to make quilt blocks.

There are a total of 80 blocks in the book, divided into three groups, which I labeled “Base 3″, “Base 4″ and “Base 6″.  If you drew them on a grid, a Base 3 block is three squares by 3 squares. Base 4 blocks are 4 squares by 4 squares, and Base 6 blocks are 6 by 6. There are no Base 5 blocks in the book, but I am publishing those from time to time here on “Seams Like a Plan.”

Misc- Base IllustrationIf you use small set pieces, Base 3 blocks finish 6″ square, Base 4 blocks are 8″ and Base 6 blocks will be 12″. If you use the large set pieces, Base 3 blocks will be 9″ finished, Base 4 blocks will be 12″ and Base 6 blocks will be 18″.

Now, you could use just those six pieces, mix and match them using the settings in the book, or your own, and happily make TQ quilts for the rest of your life without ever repeating  yourself. Trust me. For every TQ quilt I complete, I add two or three to my sketchbook!

And it needn’t stop there. You can adapt the TQ system to your own needs. If you like miniature quilts, you can make tiny blocks just by changing the size of the squares and rectangles. If you’d rather make really big blocks, just save and use larger squares and rectangles. As long as you maintain the 2:1 ratio, you can use pieces of any size. The chart below will take what little math there is out of it for you.

———– PIECE SIZE (CUT SIZE) ——–     —-FINISHED BLOCK SIZE—–

TQ- Misc Size ChartThank you again for checking out the Thrifty Quilter System. If you check the blue “follow” button at the top of the left column on this page, you will be notified whenever I post a new block or quilt. In the meanwhile, start cutting up those leftover fabrics and you’ll be ready to sew!

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“What If?”

Curiosity is a valuable trait for designers.

To paraphrase the old Hewlitt-Packard advertising tagline, I never quit asking “What If?”

I came across this YouTube video from Missouri Star Quilt Company yesterday. Jenny Doan demonstrates her “Disappearing Pinwheel” block.  I love a good trick, so I had to try it…and then I had to start playing with it. First, watch the video and then we’ll play.

I noticed that Jenny said you could use different sizes of squares to start with, so I had to try it with 6.5″ TQ squares. I wound up with an 8″ pinwheel to start, which does not divide by 3 easily. I simply added an extra step and trimmed the big pinwheel to 7.5″ x 7.5″. This made my cuts from the center line 1.25″ and my units 2.5″, and I end up with a 6″ finished block. (Of course, this only makes sense if you actually watched the video.)

GE DIGITAL CAMERAHere is the “official” Disappearing Pinwheel block laid out for sewing.

GE DIGITAL CAMERALook what happens if I flip the corner units.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAAnd then rotate the side units…

GE DIGITAL CAMERAAnd rotate the corners again.

This gave me another idea…

GE DIGITAL CAMERA I made two blocks.

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Then swapped the center pinwheels. (above) and did the same rotations (below).

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My point? Don’t be shy about playing with your blocks.

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The Alberta Clipper

We’re bracing for another winter storm on Montana’s Hi-Line today. Looks like an Alberta Clipper, a fast-moving cold front, is headed our direction. The wind is shifting from the southwest to the northwest and the temperature has dropped from 46 degrees (f) to 29 already. By tomorrow night, we should be below zero.

I keep reminding myself it’s going to be much colder and snowier farther east.

A member of my Facebook group, Thrifty Quilters, has pointed out that one of the blocks pictured in my Base 4 Sampler quilt on Page 16 of my book, The Thrifty Quilter: Make (Nearly) Free Quilts from Leftover Fabricdidn’t actually make it into the book. Oops. So for her, and for you, here is the Alberta Clipper block:

To make an 8″ finished block, all of your squares will be 2.5″, and your rectangles are cut 2.5″ x 4.5″. For a 12″ finished block, use 3.5″ squares and 3.5″ x 6.5″ rectangles.

GE DIGITAL CAMERATo make one Alberta Clipper block, you will need:

4 background squares (white)

4 light squares (blue)

4 medium-light squares (green)

8 medium squares (orange)

4 dark rectangles (purple)

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 1: use the four background (white) squares and four of the medium (orange) squares to make four half-square triangles (HSTs). Draw a diagonal line on the back of the lighter squares and sew on that line, then trim 1/4″ to one side of that seam.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 2: Sew the HSTs to the medium-light (green) squares. Be sure that they look just like the photo, with the darker triangle on the lower left and the background triangle on the upper right. Set these four units aside.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 3, use the same technique to put a medium (orange) corner on the lower right of your dark (purple) rectangles.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 4: Now add the light (blue) corners to the upper left of your rectangles.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 5: Now you can sew the two units into a quarter-section. Make four of these.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 6: Sew the four quarter-sections together with the light (blue) corners in the center to complete your Alberta Clipper block.

TQ-_Square_Sampler.148163441_largeI don’t happen to have a copy of the Base 4 Sampler photo from the book, but I also used the Alberta Clipper (center top) in this workshop sampler that mixes Base 3, Base 4 and  Base 6 blocks.

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Getting to the (Star)Point

Necessity truly is the mother of invention.

The other day I was playing with a Thrifty Quilter (TQ) pattern idea using a variation of the Sawtooth Star. This block requires eight 2.5″ squares for the star points. Unfortunately, I didn’t have very many sets of eight matching squares left in my 2.5″ bin.

Now, my self-imposed rule is that I can only buy one fabric for any TQ quilt I make, and for this one, that fabric was for the setting triangles and binding. What to do?

I thought about cutting up a few fat quarters that I had been saving for some project I haven’t thought of yet. That’s how stashes get out of hand, by the way. “Oh, I can’t use that piece. I’m saving that for a special project” is just one of the excuses I’ve used to justify a trip to the fabric store for “just a little bit” of the “right” color. Of course, I never take the fabric I’m trying to match along, so I come home with several “little bits” in various shades. Hence, my one-fabric rule. Okay, back to the point.

I happened to come across a small stack of 6″ squares left over from a guild exchange. Then I remembered my bin of 6.5″ TQ pieces.

A-ha!

In the Thrifty Quilter book, we use flying geese units for the  star points. I can only cut four 2.5″ squares from a 6″ or 6.5″ square, which would leave me four squares short. However, I can make eight half-square triangles (HSTs) from two 6″ or 6.5″ squares. Here’s how:

GE DIGITAL CAMERAStep 1: Pair  light and  dark 6″ or 6.5″ squares, right sides together. Draw two diagonal lines on the back of the lighter square and sew 1/4″ on each side of both lines.

GE DIGITAL CAMERACut the square in half vertically, and horizontally. Note: The photos show a 6″ square being cut into 3″ squares. If you start with 6.5″ squares, you would cut them into 3.25″ squares.

GE DIGITAL CAMERANow cut each of the small squares on the drawn diagonal line. I like to press my seams open. You can press to the darker fabric if you want to.

GE DIGITAL CAMERABecause these HST’s are larger than we need, we will trim them down to 2.5″. We did this in the “Overflowing Scrap Basket” blog post. Click HERE to go to that post.

GE DIGITAL CAMERANow we can sew pairs of these HST’s together to make the four flying geese units we need for the sawtooth stars!

GE DIGITAL CAMERATo complete each block, you will need a 4.5″ square for the center, and four more HST’s for the corners. Notice I have four HST’s leftover from this second pair of 6″ squares.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAThose four HST’s went into a second block!

So two 4.5″ squares and six 6″ (or 6.5″) squares will give me two 8″ star blocks.

The quilt I have in mind for these blocks will require 32 blocks for a crib-size quilt. You would need 59 blocks for a generous throw-size quilt – with a border it could be twin-size.

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Here are two more ways to make 2.5″ HST’s from TQ pieces:

GE DIGITAL CAMERAIf you need just a couple of matching HST’s, you can pair two 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles. Draw a diagonal line from the top left corner to a point 2.5″ in from the left on the bottom edge. Flip the piece around and repeat. Sew on these diagonal lines and trim 1/4″ from the seams. This gives you two matching HST’s.

GE DIGITAL CAMERANeed four matching HST’s? Cut two 3″ squares from two 3.5″ x 6.5″ rectangles. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the lighter squares, sew 1/4″ from the lines and trim on the lines. Now you can trim these HST’s down to 2.5″.

If you haven’t already done so, I invite you to join the Thrifty Quilter group on Facebook, and “Like” my Facebook page, Sweetgrass Creative Designs.

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100 Blocks…Let’s Roll!

myblockisin8_200Yes it is! It’s block #759- Bailey’s Cross.

"Bailey's Cross" By Anne Wiens 2013

“Bailey’s Cross” By Anne Wiens 2013

This is my first block for Quiltmaker Magazine’s 100 Blocks series. No doubt members of my Thrifty Quilters group on Facebook will recognize this block, and it may also be familiar to regular readers of Quiltmaker’sQuilty Pleasures” blog.

Bailey’s Cross was a block I came up with while I was playing with the Corner Beam Ruler, designed by Deb Tucker of Studio 180 Designs. I used this handy tool to make the green star points in the block. In 100 Blocks, the editors included paper-piecing instructions.

In the Thrifty Quilters group, we sometimes post photos with interesting color combinations, to inspire members to play with their scrap fabrics and try combinations they might not otherwise use. It’s only one block, and they’re only scraps, after all. I made and posted this block in response to a photo of Irish Coffee. Then Diane Harris, Quiltmaker’s online editor, and a member of the Thrifty Quilters group, shared it to Quiltmaker’s Facebook Page. From there it went viral, picking up hundreds of “Likes” and “Shares” within hours.

Since then, I have had fun with this block. I designed a tablerunner and placemats set that appears in the Designers’ Gallery section of 100 Quilts, Vol. 8. Two block testers used it in the quilts they made for the Block Testers’ Gallery. Shannon Braze Ownby showed her quilt on her blog “Fabric N Quilts”.

When I found out “Bailey’s Cross” would be included in this issue, and that I would be on the blog tour, I wanted to show you a couple of other ideas for using the block.

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Bailey’s Cross Autumn Tablerunner, by Anne Wiens 2013

This autumn tablerunner is made with four Bailey’s Cross blocks, surrounded by a 1″ (finished) border of green and then a 3″ border of the same autumn leaves print I used in the center of the blocks. The binding will be brown, and I will make a couple of placemats to go with it…as soon as I find some more of that brown.

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Bailey’s Cross block designed by Anne Wiens, made by Annette Freeland 2013

One of my BQB’s (that’s “Best Quilting Buddy”) is Annette Freeland. She is always game to test a new pattern for me. For Bailey’s Cross, I came up with a quilt that used 16 blocks. When I stopped in to see how she was making out with the pattern, the first thing she said was, “Did you know there are 61 pieces in each block?” I didn’t. I tend to think in terms of units per block, and I knew there were 8 Corner Beam units in each block, 8 half-square triangles, 4 flying geese units, 8 two-inch squares, and 1 four-inch square. If I had thought about the number of pieces,  I’m not sure I would have made that first block!

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Bailey’s Cross Quilt, designed by Anne Wiens, made by Annette Freeland 2013

And this is Annette’s Quilt…sixteen Bailey’s Cross Blocks set in four rows of four blocks in a field of dark purple. Then she added narrow white and green accent borders with a wide border of lilies-of-the-valley print on a lilac colored background. this should be a full to queen-size quilt.

Another design concept I’ve been playing with is to use just one vertical row of blocks in a quilt. I think it might be more successful with a larger print in the field, but I spotted this latte tan print and it has the mint green, plum and a darker teal blue in the print. The  photo really doesn’t do the fabric justice.

Bailey's Cross - Anne Wiens 2013

Bailey’s Cross – Anne Wiens 2013

This quilt is crib size- just 42″ x 54″. I think a 5-block version could be made into a nice lap-size quilt.

All of these projects will soon be added to my catalog of workshops, located at my website

www.sweetgrassdesigns.com

Meanwhile, I hope you will give Bailey’s Cross a try, and be sure to email me a photo of your block and/or project. My email is: anne@sweetgrassdesigns.com.

How would you like to win a copy of 100 Blocks Vol.8? Just leave a comment below.

Tell me what colors you would use for your Bailey’s Cross block and I’ll draw one winner at random.

Click HERE to return to “Quilty Pleasures” and today’s blog tour list.

Enjoy the rest of the Blog Tour!

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The Finishing Touch

We’ve seen our first snowfall of the season, so I suppose we’d better wrap up work on this Tulip Garden quilt and let the bulbs settle in for the winter.

Because I had a solid white border on this quilt, I wanted to add a little something to the edge, so I finished this one off with a flange binding. GE DIGITAL CAMERAI like to sew my bindings on the front of my quilt, then hand-stitch it down on the backside, hiding the machine seamline. Normally I use a 2.25″ wide binding strip, folded in half. As usual, I sewed the strips end-to-end and pressed the binding in half lengthwise.

The lime green strips are cut 1″ wide. Instead of making one long strip, I trimmed or pieced them into two strips just a little longer than the length of the quilt, and two that were just a little longer than the width of the quilt.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAI pinned one of the light green folded strips along one side edge. Then I started adding the dark green binding strip as I normally do. I begin about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom edge. I usually don’t need to pin my bindings before sewing, but all those raw edges to keep in line, it helped here.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I got to the corner, I had to lay in the beginning of the next lime green strip. At this point I went back and sewed the first section of binding, beginning 6-8″ from the end of the dark green strip, and ending with a back-stitch 1/4″ from the corner. Go ahead an pin the lime green strip to that second edge.

Time to mitre that first dark green corner. If you’ve never done this, it’s a little tricky, but after two or three quilts’ worth, it’s a piece of cake.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAFirst, fold the binding strip so that you have a 45° angle. Use your thumb to hold that folded edge down so you don’t lose that angle.

GE DIGITAL CAMERANow fold the binding strip back on itself.  I’m sorry this shot is blurred. I was trying to get a real close-up so you can see that the fold I just made is even with the edge of the quilt (Ignore the lime green tails.). The raw edge should now line up with the second side of the quilt. Pin ‘er down and back to the machine we go. Back-stitch the beginning and sew to 1/4″ from the next corner. Repeat for all the remaining corners.

When you get back around to the side you started on, stop stitching  a good 10-12″ from your first stitching. Backstitch. It’s time to join those ends. This is a little tricky, too.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAOverlap the ends of your binding…the beginning end is on the bottom. Set your seam gauge to 2.25″ (or whatever the cut width of your binding is). Lay your gauge on the binding with the marker at the end of the bottom strip and trim the top strip at the end of the ruler. Do not cut the bottom strip.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAOpen the top strip and fold the top corn toward you, and pinch or press to make a 45° crease. Open the piece back up. This is where it gets tricky:

GE DIGITAL CAMERAHold the end you just creased in your left hand, wrong side of the fabric facing you. Now with your right hand, pick up the other end of the binding strip, opening it out so that the right side faces you. Be careful not to twist either strip. Place the ends right-sides together, at at 90° angle to each other and pin. Adjust your quilt pile so that you can lay the pinned binding flat on your machine, and sew on the diagonal crease.

Wait! Don’t touch those scissors yet!

GE DIGITAL CAMERABefore you trim that seam, lay your work out flat to be sure you didn’t get a twist in the binding. Trust me. If you skip this little check-step, and you do have a twist, it is not an easy fix, and I reserve the right to say “I told you so.”

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Once you’re sure it’s straight, go ahead and trim the excess from that seam. Finger-press the seam, lay the binding out flat, and finish sewing the binding down, overlapping your stitches about 1″ at the beginning and end of the seam.

We’re finished with the machine work. Trim the ends of the lime green strips flush with the edge of the quilt, and clip the tips off the corners of the quilt body. Now you can flip the dark green binding to the back of the quilt and hand-stitch down.

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joinforblogtour8_200Remember, Quiltmaker Magazine’s 100 Blocks blog tour begins Monday. Check back here to see my block and a few of the patterns I have designed using it!

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100 Blocks…99 And MINE!

See this?

 QMMS-130037-cover_200_56636This is the cover of Quiltmaker’s 100 BLOCKS vol.8, which will be released on November 19th. I am pleased…no, I’ll come right out and admit it…I am positively giddy to announce that one in this latest collection of 12″ quilt blocks is mine! I can’t tell you which block it is just yet, but I will let slip that it is one of those pictured on the cover. Imagine that…me…a cover girl!

joinforblogtour8_200Specifically, meet me right here at “Seams Like a Plan” on Monday, November 11th, and I will give you a sneak peak at my block and a few patterns I’ve designed around it. You’ll also have a chance to win a free copy of the magazine!

Of course, there are 99 other happy designers out there in the blogosphere. Look for this green button and bookmark their blogs for more chances to win!

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