Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I had to go back -

To this post to find the links for the Hanging Triangles -

#1 - How to Hang Small Quilts - It's Easy! - Heirloom Creations - HERE -

#2 - How to Hang Your Quilts with 3 Hand Stitches - HERE -
Laura Ann Coia - SewVeryEasy - May 22, 2014

I said at the time that
the first one is similar to the one I was looking for - and the second one is very clever - I might try that on some of my larger quilts -
so this was the perfect quilt to play with that second technique - ;))

I also found another video by Laura that I want to try NEXT time -

A Quick and easy Stitch to Quilt Your Quilt - HERE -
Laura Ann Coia - SewVeryEasy - Sept. 10, 2015

That stitch might work nicely on one of my Christmas quilts -

And I like how there is always something NEW to try - ;))

In the meantime - I thought I would talk a little bit more about sewing my binding to the back - BEFORE I trim the quilt -

I don't remember when or why I started doing it that way - but it works for me - and now it's the only way I do it - ;))

I like to sew the binding to the back and flip it to the front because I can't do the hand stitching anymore - and it's "neater" on the front if I stitch it from the front - and I really don't care if a stitch line shows on the back. To me - it looks like another line of quilting.

I also like sewing the binding on first because it gives me something to hang on to with my right hand as I line up the raw edge of the binding on the marked line. I think the "extra/untrimmed" fabric attached to the edge of the quilt top helps stabilize the outer edge. For me, it's hard to sew 1/4" or 3/8" from the edge (depending on the foot) without it getting "wavy". People say to "stay-stitch" it first - but if you trim the edge before you stay-stitch - it's basically the same thing - and still gets wavy on me.

The only thing I have to watch is where I mark the line - it will be the "edge" of the quilt when I trim it - so I try to put it where the binding won't chop off any "triangle points" when it gets folded to the front.

Try it on something small - see if it works for you - ;))

On this quilt - I attached the binding to the back and trimmed one side at a time -
(Sorry about the glare - my overhead lights don't play nicely with plastic rulers)

I have to be careful not to cut into the miter in the top corner - so I fold it back out of the way -

Slip the folded part under the ruler - and trim the edge -

When I turn the corner - I don't have to worry so much - because that's where the binding was folded up and then down (forming the miter) to match the next side of the quilt -

When it's all trimmed - and the quilt is flipped over - it looks like this -

And I think that - when I fold the binding over to stitch it down -

That it will be just right!! - ;))

I'll finish stitching the binding tomorrow -

And then make the label -

Tomorrow should be a VERY good day -;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

1 comment:

Gene Black said...

That explains how and why you do this very well. Thanks. I like the types of hanging options too.


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