Sunday, January 11, 2015

Bonnie Hunter Winter Mystery Reveal Still.....

Well, I’m getting there.  I have 3 rows of blocks sewn.  They are pictured here and appear to be sewn but they are just rows.  I have finished the rest of my blocks so I am set to start on sashing tomorrow (hopefully).  Then I’ll only have borders and I’ll have a top.  Woohoo!



I attended a board meeting for one of my quilt guilds today.  It sounds like we are going to have a great year.  We have lots of really neat things planned and our first meeting of the year with our new president is later this week.  Looking forward to it.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bonnie Hunter Winter Mystery Step 6 Reveal

Not totally done yet, but got one row done and could not wait to share.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Bonnie Hunter Mystery Step 2 (update)

Finally got all those pesky diamonds made.  Still need to trim the little dog ears and then I can sew them into Double Diamonds.  And THEN, I can start putting this baby together. Woohoo!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Faux Piping Binding

I am a purist.  I like doing my binding the old fashioned way.  I make up the binding and then I sew it on the front and press it to the back and then I hand stitch it down.

Years ago I saw Eleanor Burns show how to do binding by machine.  Yes, I tried it.  And guess what.....I hated how it came out.  It wasn't a bad plan, I was just really bad at implementing it.  I did up my binding the usual way and then I sewed it on the back (yes, the back) and pressed it to the front and then I top-stitched it down really close to the edge. My stitches were not straight and I was trying so hard to stay close to the edge that sometimes I fell off the edge totally.  So then I thought that I should not try so hard to be close to the edge, but then it looked more like a flange.  I just really hated how it came out. With a bit of practice, I could probably have been good at it, but I wasn't willing to sacrifice the time and practice and more importantly the quilts it would take to get better.

Recently I heard somebody talking about faux piping binding.  Never heard of it before. Never even seen it done.  But figured I could work something out.  I love a challenge and I just knew that I could do this.

I did some figuring and I did my very first faux piping binding today.  Guess what.  First time and I was making it up as I went a long and I still liked it when it was done.  This may be my new favorite way to do binding in a hurry.  And it looks kind of special too.

I usually do 2 1/4" binding or sometimes even 2 1/8" binding.  For today's purposes, I did 2 1/4" binding.  I started out with two different fabrics -- one for the binding itself and one for the faux piping.  I cut the binding fabric 1 1/4" and I cut the piping fabric 1 1/2" inches.  Yes, the piping fabric is cut 1/4 inch bigger than the binding fabric.  You'll see.

Sew your strips together into long streamers of whatever size you need and then sew the two strips together using a 1/4 inch seam.  Now press the seam toward the binding fabric side (the smaller piece).  You do not want to have all that bulk in the middle when you go to fold it in half.  

Now fold it in half and press it.  The piping fabric will show about 1/8 on the binding fabric side.  This will be your faux piping.

Sew the binding onto the BACK side of your quilt (Yep, on the back) with the piping fabric facing up.  

Once sewn on, then press away from the quilt.  Then turn your quilt right side up and fold the binding to the front and press down there as well.  I find it helpful to pin the corners in place when I get them just perfect.

Then I went to my sewing machine and put my zipper foot on.  I was able to rest my zipper foot right up next to the binding fabric and still have a tiny hole where I could sew into the piping fabric.  Amazingly, using this process, I could sew at a relatively decent speed and the stitching line still appeared to be pretty straight.  

I used a thread that didn't really blend that well, but then again, I don't have that many colors of thread.  But even so, I still didn't mind it because it was straight.

It was fast.  The stitching was straight.  And it's a cool look to give that extra touch to a quilt.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Grand Illusion Mystery Update

I did enough of Step #2 to get one and only one block done.  Here it is!

Once we add the sashing,  it is going to get really busy (as if it wasn’t already).

P. S.  You didn't look really close did you?  I cheated by doing step #2 as half square triangles.  I am still debating if I'll do the rest of them that way or go back to the original instructions.  We'll see.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Winter Mystery Update

Well, I finally finished all of Part 3 and then I sewed them together, so my sashing is ready and waiting


I sewed the Part 4s into pairs in preparation for making the borders.


Do you see a pattern here?


Avoidance measures in full swing.


Still have not done a single thing to work toward Step 2.  I certainly need to get on that if I have any chance of finishing this quilt anytime soon.