Sunday, July 10, 2011

Christmas Quilt Along - Quilting & Binding

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Anyone who leaves a comment below will be entered to win their choice of either a red or blue FQ bundle of Flurry by Kate Spain for Moda. Note blue not shown


Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted. Only entries on blogger count. As blog posts are linked to Facebook. If you're reading this on Facebook please join us at www.QubeeQuilts.com to enter.

You may enter up till 10:00 pm CST and at that time I will close off all comments. I will draw the winners using the Random Number Generator and announce them here on Wednesday, July 13, 2011!

You should have your quilt top done. We're in the home stretch and almost done. Just a few last things.

Basting

Press your top and your back. Lay your quilt back right side down on a flat surface. Tape the edges so that the back is smooth and taut, but not tight. Lay your batting on top and make sure it is wrinkle free. Complete the quilt sandwich adding the top right side up. Again, make sure it is smooth and wrinkle free. Baste the quilt sandwich by pinning every 3 or 4 inches starting at the center and working toward the edges. In lieu of pins you could use spray basting (which is what I used). Basting tutorial by Crazy Mom Quilts

Quilt as Desired

I choose to quilt mine in a diagonal crosshatch grid every two inches apart. To do this I used my 24" x 6" ruler and marked my quilt with iron off chalk.




Binding

The one - step binding method.

This method of binding is attached by requiring only one pass with the sewing machine & will require a 1" (25mm) bias tape maker.


Traditional methods of binding is mostly 2 1/4" binding strips, The one-step method uses 2" strips. We begin by making contentious binding strips the length needed. Yes, you can use binding strips cut with the grain or on the bias with this tool.

Making the Strips
  • Trim one end of the binding strip to a point for easy feeding through the 1" bias tape maker.

  • Pull the tape maker while pressing the binding. Take your time to ensure that the raw edges of the binding align in the center of the strip & are of consistent in width.
  • Trim off the pointed end.

  • Press the binding in half lengthwise for a consistent 1/2" wide binding strip. Steam will help help set the folds.
Attaching the binding.




  • With the quilt facing up and starting about a 1/3" of the way up my a corner, slip the raw edge of the quilt into opened binding. The biding should be the same on both the front & back if you have ironed the binding carefully.
  • Leave about 5 to 10 inches of binding unsewn and stitch about 1/8" from the edge of the binding.
  • Use your left hand to guide the quilt under the presser foot & your right hand to keep the binding snug against the quilt, sewing all the way to the quilt's edge. Left the presser foot & cut the threads.

  • Hold the quilt with your left hand, place your right thumb inside the binding strip and fold it open, making a 45 degree angle on the front & back of the quilt.
  • Fold the binding to the front of the quilt, making a crisp miter on the front and; back of the quilt.
  • Slip the raw edge of the quilt snugly into the slightly open binding. You might wish to pin as you go, but with practice you can overcome this.

  • Continue sewing down the next side of the quilt, backtack the miter corner to reinforce it before continuing on.
  • On the last side of the quilt stop about 10" from where you began.

  • Trim the binding so it overlaps 2" with the beginning edge of the binding.
  • Open the binding all the way and stitch the binding tails together from upper left corner to lower right corner. Open to make sure stitching is right and trim to 1/4". This is the same as putting binding on the traditional way.
  • Press seam open to reduce bulk.
  • Continue sewing the binding until you the starting part. Overlap the stitching & backtack for added strength.
If done correctly your stitching will be even on the front and back of the quilt.

Some problems to watch for:
  • Do not wrap the binding around the quilt, but instead insert the quilt into the binding. This could lead to the binding being wider on the back than the front.
  • If stitching is missing on the back then you might have wrapped the binding or it was not snugly in the binding.
If you miss in a few spots that is fine the quilt police will not come and get you. Remember it's the back of the quilt who is going to look back there anyways? If they do look , they deserve to see it.

Add a quilt label and call it done.


Now lets go eat some fudge.

See you back her at 4pm (CST) for closing and wrap up.

Don't forget that you must post your fished photo to the flickr group before the end of the day on Monday, July 11, 2011 (midnight CST) to be eligible for a grand prize drawing of a $100 gift certificate courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop

Until next time,

55 comments:

  1. You're throwing way too much temptation out there tonight- Flurry's one of my favorites right now! :D

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  2. Love 'Flurry' - gorgeous!! I have my binding ready - I like the traditional double fold binding and will sew down to back by hand. OK off to press my backing with a little 'Best Press' and then sandwich up for quilting - if I had the time I would prefer to hand quilt, we'll see.

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  3. I hope everyone's quilts turn out beautifully, I took a nap today instead. :-)

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  4. Thank you for this great tutorial on one step binding. I would love to win this give-away. Thank you for the chance. Take care and God bless, Cory

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  5. I could use the Red Flurry! Thanks for the binding info. I have a binding foot for my machine. I wonder if it would work pressed as you suggest. I will have to try. Thanks.
    Maryellen
    marymackmademine@gmail.com

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  6. oOOH, Lovely fabric and lovely quilt! Hope I win. I NEED this fabric.

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  7. I love Kate Spain. Serious groupie issues here.

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  8. Kate Spain's Flurry ROCKS! What a great addition it would make to my stash. Happy quilting!

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  9. More Flurry would mean I could make several of these! The red rocks! :o) Thanks for the QAL, Charlie!

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  10. Thanks for a chance to win the fabric. I like the red - see many a Christmas accessory in my future.

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  11. You make it look so easy Charlie! :)

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  12. Thank you Charlie for the giveaway! I have printed your quilt instructions and will get started this afternoon!

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  13. I love Kate Spain's designs! :)

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  14. I love flurry and that is the most reasonable binding explanation I've seen yet! Thank you!!

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  15. Great binding tutorial. I think I'll have to buy a bias tape maker now.

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  16. Charlie you are a great instructor, when can we expect your book out sir? I got in such a hurry to sign up for the flurry that I forgot what I was doing. I have just stemmed and broken 36 quarts of green beans. Now, I can go to my sewing room. I will beat this deadline if it kills me< LOL

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  17. I love Kate Spain and Flurry :) That candy looks good too. I don't know if I can finish this quilt today but I'm still hanging in there for now!

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  18. I love Kate Spain fabrics! I like to hand finish my quilt bindings, but I should try this way for wall hangings. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  19. Love those colors! Kate Spain is amazingly creative.

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  20. I have done binding like this before but the corners always gave me huge amounts of trouble, thank you for the pictures and tutorial on how to get them to miter neatly.

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  21. Love the fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. I love the beautiful Kate Spain fabric! Wowza!! Hopefully if I work through I can finish this today!

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  23. The traditions and memories posts were quite interesting, thanks.

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  24. Great binding pictures and such a lovely quilt.

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  25. Thanks for the binding tutorial -- I'll have to give that a try!

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  26. Love the quilt. It's so pretty.

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  27. Isn't the Kate Spain fabric scrupmtious? Love it!

    I've been following your quilt along all day. Awesome!

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  28. Great giveaway! Love the BLUE Flurry! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  29. Loved this quiltalong! Couldn't do it today, but I have Jovial fabric ready to make it a little later.

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  30. I love the Flurry fabric! Great quilt-a-long. Super giveaway!

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  31. The Flurry fabric is gorgeous!! And I love the crosshatch quilting you did it looks great!!

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  32. What bright and pretty fabric. Would love to see the blue too.

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  33. Thank you so much! I'm on the other side of the world, so just woke up to the whole series of posts. Unfortunately, it's now off to work for me so no quilt to be posted now, but the posts are bookmarked to come back to later. Thanks for all your work putting this together - so clear and simple :)

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  34. I love all things Kate Spain! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  35. Great fabric - I love Kate Spain designs.

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  36. I would love me some Flurry. I wish I could have joined you today but I had to work Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon 12 hr nights so doesn't leave any time for sewing. : (

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  37. Your recipes for both the quilt and the chocolates look great! Go Charlie! I have to check out the fabric, my stash really needs some red and those look great!

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  38. Fun fabric would love the blue.

    Leona

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  39. I love the Flurry fabric, any of them are beautiful

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  40. Flurry -= VERY NICE ! LOVE your quilt ; thanks for the chance to win !!!

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  41. Yay for a giveway! The quilt is lovely, really wish I could have joined in!

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  42. Love the fabric and the quilt along! Both are so lovely!!

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  43. oh..I hope I'm not too late... My birthday is the 13th and this would be a wonderful surprise gift...

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  44. I'm interested in seeing all the quilts people came up with! Thank you for a chance to win me some Flury by Kate Spain!

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  45. I lve this QAL, might take me a bit o finish it, but thanks for the chance to win!

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  46. Kate Spain is one of my faves!

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  47. Oh please pick me! I was just telling my blogging partner today that by hook or by crook I would be completing a Christmas quilt this year...BEFORE Christmas!

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  48. You'll get me in the Christmas spirit if I win. Thanks so much. Kathie L in Allentown

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