Yes, I know, this was last years BOM with Craftsy...it's been a busy year, what can I say. But I have finally finished it, quilted and bound with a little help from my friends.
Sophie and Honey Bee, they are always there ready to help. Bee is holding down my chair, keeping it warm and Sophie is holding down the quilt so it doesn't fly away, she is very good at that.
I am trying to reason with her, explaining the difficulty I will have manuvering the quilt with her on it...she's not going for it.
She is thinking, "I am in the sun, on the quilt, it smells like mommy and I am warm and happy, time to sleep now". After much coaxing and some kitty cookies...both the girls retired to the livingroom to watch TV with dad.
Now I know what you are thinking...this is some wild fabric, and yes it is! It's "Miami" by Philip Jacobs. The colors are perfect and I am in love with the way it "reads" on the edge of my quilt. Just stitching it on was a joy and finishing it by hand on the backside gave me the greatest pleasure. I love the vibrancy of the colors.
This is my new "most favorite" piece of acrylic right this minute! It is called "The Binding Tool". You may already have one and if you do, why didn't you tell me about this? It's amazing and makes that perfect ending to your binding experience. If you don't have one, this is a MUST GET, MUST HAVE tool for your quilting pleasure. I'm going to show you how to use it in the photos below and will include a video that is on youtube so you can see just how easy it is.
First thing, you have stitched your binding all the way around your quilt, leaving and opening of 12 inches and leaving long strips of at least 10 inches of binding on your start and finish ends.
Fold your binding strips back and place the tool on one side, printed directions are on the tool so you can't screw up. Place your binding over the top of the tool as shown.
Mark with a removable marking pen, the line where it is indicated on your tool. Then flip your tool and do the same on the otherside. (TIP: if you cannot read the writing on your tool, you have it wrong side up)
Again, make the mark where indicated on your tool.
Okay, don't get scared, here comes the fun part. Fold out your binding and lay it flat on your board, for the left side, line the tip of your tool against the line you drew and make sure your edges line up with your binding strip. Now cut. Whew...I know, kind of scary...
Pay attention here. Do the same for the otherside, BUT place the line of your tool, over the line on your fabric. Remember to flip your ruler and make sure you can read the print. Now cut.
Take the cut edges and pin them together, right sides of fabric together, you will note that the flat tips when you cut will perfectly line up on the edge of the opposing binding strip! Yeah!!!
Now stitch a 1/4 inch seam. Open out your binding, press your seam open and whaaalaa! Was that AWESOME?!!! Look at that, it is perfection, not too lose, not too tight, why by golly Goldie Locks, it's JUST RIGHT!
Now just finish stitching down your binding and you are ready to turn and if you are like me, hand stitch the backside.
Here is the video for this amazing tool!
You want one now don't you!