Didn't this quilt turn out pretty? It is August Blooms, an ancient Fig Tree pattern I started probably ten years ago. It was my first serious machine appliqué project. I had such a nice stash of Fig Tree fabrics then, and a friend sent me a box full of her Fig Tree scraps, and this quilt just kind of came together. I remember how proud I was of my first machine appliqué efforts.
In my year of Finish It, this quilt top was at the top of the pile of quilts that needed to be sent out for quilting. This Christmas, my goal is that everyone in my family will receive a quilt from me. The stack of unquilted tops in my sewing room was ridiculous. Someone needs to be enjoying these things. I have a big family (25+), so there are a lot of quilts being sent out for quilting. I've been sending out three at a time, so with luck, I will have enough for everyone by December. Of course I have to bind all these things, which is another story.
So, speaking of binding, have you ever done Bias Binding? I have tried it a few times with dismal results. You have to wrap your mind around a slightly tricky spacial maneuver, which I have a dreadful time with. Last time I gave it a go, I ended up with a dozen donut shaped strips, and not the nice long continuous strip of bias binding the instructions promised. This time I used a book and a YouTube video to help me grasp the concept.
This handy little book has served me very well over the years. If you need to figure out how much yardage you need for backing or what size triangle squares to make for your diagonal set quilt, this is your reference tool. It also has very clear instruction for making bias binding.
I got 80% of the way along with my binding when I realized I still didn't grasp just how to sew that tube together and where exactly to cut my strips. Thank goodness for YouTube! I found a great video that demos the method, and I was able to comprehend the method in a flash. If you are like me and really need to SEE something to understand it, check out this video: Continuous Binding Parts one and two by Cuddle Time Quilts.
I did it all just the way shown and got great results. I wanted bias binding for this quilt because I had a cute striped fabric and it is so much more adorable when the stripes are at an angle rather than on the straight of grain.
I got miles of bias binding out of a 29" square of fabric, can you believe it? Do give it a try if you have been wondering about the method.