Monday, April 10, 2017

Binding Tutorial

A friend of mine struggles when sewing on the binding of a quilt. When she gets to the end and has to match up the two pieces, it just gives her fits. I showed her my trick, and she hasn't had a problem since! So, I thought I might share with all of you, just in case you have the same issue.

So, you get to this point when sewing on the binding to your quilt.... and you need to match up the two ends......

Step One: fold your two ends over and crease where you want them to meet. 
Finger press in place, to create a crease.

Step Two: on the left hand piece of material, draw a line with water soluble ink on along the crease you made, ON THE GOOD SIDE OF THE FABRIC.   Do the same for the right hand piece, ON THE BAD SIDE OF THE FABRIC.

Take the right hand piece of fabric and align with the left hand piece as pictured.
The line ON THE  GOOD SIDE OF THE FABRIC, lines up with the edge of the right hand piece of fabric. Putting the line ON THE BAD SIDE OF THE FABRIC along the edge of the left hand piece of fabric. (confusing, but study the picture, it makes sense)

Now, draw a line diagonally as shown, and sew on that line.

Flip it over and check your angles before trimming.
Then trim off edges at 1/4 inch.

Wa La! Perfectly lined up every time. Works like a charm!
Happy Binding!!!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A new pattern, and a Winner!

There’s a New Pattern in the Shop!!

And you will want to make one for your shop too-

Mama Said makes a great wall hanging by simply stretching it over a 14” x18” canvas or you can make a quilt by making this the center block. Either way, it’s great for your studio, office, or a wonderful gift for a favorite friend!

This is a PDF pattern only and will be delivered instantly to your inbox.  Only $5.50
Created with my new fabric line from Riley Blake, Enchanted.

Instructions and templates for making this adorable stitchery and “How To” instructions for stretching over the frame are included. It’s really very simple and so delightful.

I used Aurifloss  - brilliant, bright colors make these a must for any embroidery project. 

You can find the pattern: HERE

We also have a winner of the Enchanted Fabric Bundle!
Congratulations Lisa England!  Your package is on the way!!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Enchanted Blog Tour - Grand Finale

All good things must come to an end, and today is the Grand Finale of the Enchanted Blog Tour, ending, appropriately over at Riley Blake's blog.

Check it out by clicking HERE

We've had the grandest time.  We've seen wonderfully creative and happy projects made with my new fabric line from Riley Blake, Enchanted.  I couldn't be more pleased.  Thank you for stopping by and following the Blog Tour.  Continue to stop by as I have lots more up my sleeve with beautiful fabrics and fun projects.

Remember!  You could win a bundle of Enchanted fabric by leaving a comment here.
One entry per blog post per day of the Blog Tour, here on Loose Threads.

Final entries due by midnight, Saturday, February 11th, 2017.

If you missed any of our wonderful contributors, you can catch up with the links below:

Monday, Jan 23rd - Little Londyn
Tuesday, Jan 24th - Jedi Craft Girl
Wednesday, Jan 25th –  Loose Threads
Thursday, Jan 26th - Meags and Me
Friday, Jan 27th - Pretty by Hand

Monday, Jan 30th - Tie Dye Diva
Tuesday, Jan 31st - Two Sisters as Squirrel Hallow
Wednesday, Feb 1st - Striped Swallow Designs
Thursday, Feb 2nd - Izzy and Ivy
Friday, Feb 3rd - Ellis and Higgs

Monday, Feb 6th – Aurifil
Tuesday, Feb 7th - The Crafty Quilter
Wednesday, Feb 8th - Two Sisters at Squirrel Hallow
Thursday, Feb 9th - Jina Barney Designz
Friday, Feb 10th - Riley Blake