Many quilters I know (including myself) find the binding bitter-sweet. In some ways it is wonderful knowing that once complete your project is done. In other ways making and attaching the binding fabric is quite fiddly and time-consuming. Heather, from The Sewing Loft has created a picture tutorial “Quilt Binding Made Simple”.
I am starting to get quite a lot of scraps from my quilt and sewing projects. What to do with them? Make a scrap quilt. Sometimes I find scrap quilts are “messy” looking. This Scrap Jar Star quilt from Gigi’s Thimble is stunning and doesn’t look very scrappy at all. Visit her blog for a FREE tutorial on creating this lovely piece of art (and scrap eater!!).
Fabric is so sensory to me. I love the crisp smell of it, the colours entrance me, the feel just makes me imagine it in a completed quilt or garment. When I purchase it, often-times it gets folded and kept in a drawer until I (eventually) get to using it in a project. I like this idea from Torie Jayne of using hanging baskets to display the fabric to keep me inspired. How do you store and get inspired by your fabric?
One of my sorority sisters asked me to make her a blanket using her son’s blankets and baby clothes. I used 98% of the baby items on the front and the back. I also used a layer of cotton batting plus a layer of polyester mid-loft to give it that extra coziness you can see. I chose a free-hand meander on my long-arm machine to give it just enough density to make the negative space puff up. My “sister” and I were both proud of how it turned out. Thank you for letting me help you cherish your son’s baby