Monday, April 15, 2013

BINDING BY MACHINE. . . and a few personal thoughts: Thank you!!!

Hello, world!  NOPE, didn't fall off the edge of the planet, but almost! lol.  Not a whole lot of sewing going on around here lately. Have managed a bit of crochet and knitting, but that's about it. Until yesterday. . .

Missy *helping* to sew on the binding
Yesterday was very productive: Bound a colorful quilt that will be donated to my Guild's "Cuddle Quilt Project".  Took a few fun pictures along the way... couldn't resist.  Missy - as usual - had her nose quite literally into my sewing!
Missy loves it under the lamp... so warm!
Try stitching the final wrap of a binding while a kitty is sitting ON the quilt and occasionally turning around and swishing her tail! lol. I had to be sew careful... I was afraid it would get stitched! Luckily all went well.
Stitch to back, then edge-stitch to finish from the front. I like it!
Just one single line of straight-stitch shows on back 1/4" away from bound edge. I like it!
I'm really happy with how the binding turned out. I think I will do more machine applied binding in the future. Can't believe how fast it was... even with Missy's occasional help!
Scrappy little Cuddle Quilt. This will put a smile on a child's face!
One block isolated from the others
Someone else pieced this quilt... I just bound it. I think it is a fun block. I drew it up in EQ7 and have saved the file. If anyone would like a copy of the EQ7 file or block drawing, just let me know in the comments... k? Of course, you need EQ7 or the file won't open... that goes without saying, right? For those who don't have EQ7, I can send a pic of the drawing with the cutting dimensions.

On a personal note: THANK YOU SO MUCH for sticking with me--I appreciate!  Saying my posts have been spasmodic lately is a huge understatement! Most of the *stuff* that has been keeping me away from sewing and blogging is about settled, so I hope to return to normal. You know, "normal", whatever that is! lol. Anyway, thank you very much. I have missed all of you more than words can say.

Until next time, when I will share a wonderful discovery with my sewing machine cabinet. . . I'm gonna go practice some FMQ and try to get my MoJo back. What are YOU working on??

Quilty Hugs,


Needled Mom said...

Very nice. I like to finish my binding that way too.

Sheila said...

Wonderful cuddle quilt, Cyn. I've been machine binding my quilts for a long time. Feel they are stronger. Hold up to lots of use and trips through the washing machine.

Cattinka said...

You did that very nicely, I usually sew down my binding by hand on the back, I can´t do it as correctly as you do by machine.

Cathi said...

Wow -- I'm impressed by the machine binding! Particularly with a "helpful" kitty involved!
Some child is going to love that quilt!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Great projects Cyn...

tich said...

Looks great, Cyn