Monday, April 8, 2019

2019 Free Motion QAL: Part 11 - Binding, Sleeve & Label

Greetings all!
We've managed to make it to the finishing stage of our
2019 Free Motion Quilt Along.
In today's post we would like to share some options for binding, hanging and labeling your finished quilt.
It's OK if you're still stitching,
we have a few weeks to wrap things up before the Giveaways!
We'll be updating the Giveaway Post with details -- stay tuned there.
For now though, plan to email or post a picture of your quilt by end of day Friday, April 26th to have  your name included in the random drawings.

We have fun prizes and we're looking forward to seeing your projects.

Many thanks for participating.

Now let's chat


Some people LOVE it -- others DON'T!

I personally LOVE hand stitching... so attaching a binding to the front by machine and hand stitching the binding to the back makes me happy. 

Check out this 
Moda Bake Shop Basics Binding Tutorial
by Moda Designer extraordinaire Vanessa Goertzen of  Lella Boutique.

I had an opportunity to "play" with Vanessa, Rob Appell, Jenny Doan & a few other amazing designers at last years Missouri Star Birthday Bash...

It was an honor to represent Aurifil there.
You can watch the
 Missouri Star Sew-lebrity Sew-Off at the 10th Birthday Bash
video here.
It's a LONG ONE but so much fun.

No Worries
 There are more binding options...

A few years ago I decided to find a way to bind completely by machine.

I was inspired to use a flange edge to allow for a framed accent.

After watching a few other tutorials I came up with my version:

Mitered and Flanged Machine Binding: 

You'll love this machine finished binding with step by step instructions for mitering the corners and finishing.

It includes an awesome accent flange and sweet top stitching with Aurifil 12Wt thread.

The mitered finish was inspired by a tutorial from: The Fat Quarter Shop and Lisa Bongean (see links in tutorial).

For the detailed tutorial click the image below:

I used this tutorial on the Lewe panel.

If you don't have an Aurifil 12wt thread that complements your colors, try using a 28wt thread in its place.

It still looks beautiful!
Here's an image from the top:

 And another Close-Up:
 ...another corner:
 This is how it looks on the backside:
I used this method on my recent Lewe's Balloons quilt
 I used Aurifil 28wt thread to top stitch.
And while we're talking Lewe's Balloons...
Let's chat about the hanging sleeve on this quilt:
It's not your typical solution for a sleeve. 
Instead of a full width sleeve I decided to do Prairie Points.

They are simple and fast!

There's a great online tutorial for this hanging method on 
Laura Coia's 
Sew Very Easy YouTube Channel.
Here's an image of the binding and the sleeve...
While we're at it let's talk label...
On this quilt I wrote directly on one of the prairie points for my label:
One quick and easy way to 
document the details of the quilt.
Be sure to use a permanent marker!!

Here's another version of the machine flange binding -- but instead of top stitching the finish I used a machine blanket stitch with Aurifil 40 or 50wt thread:

Mama Lal Quilt Blanket Stitch Binding:
 Can you see the tiny little blanket stitches ?
I used the same tutorial as above -- but skipped the top stitching.
It gives the edge a beautiful framed finish.

Here's the sleeve on the Mama Lal Quilt - 
Prairie Points x 4
(Using leftover pieces from the original panel ;) 
Love this method -- you stitch the prairie points right into your binding.
 Add a couple of tack stitches to the point and you have a method for hanging:
Again, using leftover blocks from the panel I added this label to the Mama Lal Quilt:
A Sharpie came in handy for this...
To attach the label I used Aurifil 12wt thread and big stitch quilted it to the back bottom right corner:
If you're not into hand writing your labels do check out this tutorial from a few years ago:

Computer Printed Quilt Label Tutorial:

Print fabric quilt labels from your home computer. 
Click the image to see the tutorial.

In all honestly -- I have yet to add a label or a sleeve to our Lewe Panel.
But I hope I shared enough ideas for you to make your own choices.

Which methods will you choose ?

Quilt Along Recap:

Jan 7:  Announcement Post  ✅
Jan 21:  Setup, Planning, Basting ✅
Jan 28:  Stabilization Quilting or Catch Up ✅
Feb 4:  Inside Center Panel ✅
Feb 11: Progress Pics ✅
Feb 25:  Top and Bottom Rectangles ✅
March 4: Top & Bottom Squares  ✅
March 11: Left & Right Panels  ✅
March 18: Narrow Sashing Swirls ✅
April 1: Fast Feather Border ✅
April 8: Binding, Sleeve & Label  ✅

That's a wrap...

I look forward to seeing your results.

Be sure to wrap things up by April 26th to be eligible for the Giveaway drawings.

More in that next week...

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If you have any questions, please leave them below -- I'll respond as soon as I can.

Happy Stitching!


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