Do you buy those charm packs, layer cakes or fussy cut packages of beautiful fabric that you are very afraid to use because they are so pretty and you want them to "decorate" your sewing room? This new free pattern is available in the shop section of quiltingintheloft.com and in craftsy.com for easy PDF download. It's a table runner pattern that uses the 2 1/2" mini charmers. I guarantee this pattern to show you an easy, fast and effective method to use up these pretty packages and the good news is ....... you can use 2 packs! A great way to audition those lovely Christmas and Halloween novelty charm packs. Enjoy!
I decided recently that I wanted to pipe the binding on one of my quilted projects and thought I would share it with those who would like to do the same. The piping adds just a bit of pizazz to ordinary binding. This tutorial is completely by machine but you could also do the final step by hand. It's your work of art!
Cut the piping fabric 1 3/4" x Width of Fabric
Cut the main binding fabric 1 1/2" x Width of fabric
It is important the this cutting is accurate
Step 1: Sew the piping lengths together mitred as your would for normal binding. Do the same mitred join for the main binding lengths.
Step 2: Sew the 1 1/2" length of joined binding to the piping fabric right sides together using a 1/4" seam allowance (it is important that this sewing is accurate)
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Step 3: Turn over to the right side and press towards the piping fabric being careful to press evenly so as not to distort the piping. This also helps to "fill" the piping somewhat
Step 4: With raw edges wrong sides together evenly, press and fold the main binding and piping together.
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Step 5: With the raw edge of the main binding facing the back edge of your quilted project, sew it with a 1/4" seam allowance to your project as you would with any other binding. Fold your corners and mitre as you normally do.
Step 6: Wrap your binding towards the front of your project- you will see that the main fabric and piping is showing. Sew in the ditch right next to the piping.
TIP: Use pins or hold firmly when wrapping and holding onto your binding while sewing it so that it remains straight or you may wish to sew the binding to the front by hand.
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Step 7: Admire your efforts! You have just conquered machine piped binding.
See photo of my finished placemats below- bound with this method.
I just downloaded my newest free pattern to Craftsy.com so...... if you want to get it you have 2 options 1) go to www.quiltingintheloft.com in the shop, free patterns section or 2) you can also download it from Craftsy! Just click on the screen shot below
My first free pattern has been added to my website. It's free and downloadable. Click on Shop and the tab Free Patterns to view and download. Or click here. The new pattern is called Easy Crazy Patch Pin Cushion. There is no piecing required, so yes it is the easiest! A great gift to make fast!
After a busy summer, I finally found time to work on projects and complete some quilts that are my own designs. These designs have been made into the first 3 of Quiltingintheloft designs and they are now for sale in the shop area of this website in both PDF and hard copy formats. My patterns are affordable, colourful, creative and aimed at teaching those who buy them, new and easy techniques. So exciting!
As well, I am now a Craftsy designer and have my own pattern store in Craftsy! Check it out at craftsy.com and click on patterns and search for quiltingintheloft.com.
I have an abundance of new ideas and designs which will be added to my shop as soon as possible. I hope you enjoy these patterns and many more to come. Also follow quiltingintheloft.com on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Bloglovin'.
I appreciate your all of your support and interest in my work!
A while back 07/31/2015 I posted a Quilt for Chad that I quilted at warp speed and promptly took it out to BC to give away!
Below are some pics of the quilted and finished quilt along with a detail pic. The centre was a panel (which I hardly ever work with) and I had to add some appliquéd Moose and piecing to give it a twin bed sizing. Enjoy!
On this Labour Day I reflect on what I did all summer. It certainly wasn't resting, relaxing and reading!
It was teaching, designing, traveling, caregiving, helping and sewing gifts for babies. I spent very little time in the garden, no time in the sun (but still managed to tan!). I saw lots of family and this was excellent. I had one daughter with Wisdom teeth to help, my father getting a knee replacement, another daughter recovering from a concussion, hence the caregiving. Three new baby additions to the family, hence the gifts. Teaching in Waterloo and in BC, designing in BC and Waterloo. Wonderful travels to BC & Alaska (3 weeks), Muskoka,Toronto and Niagara. I was also helping with my husbands workshop (his official painter). Hopefully this fall will give me time to complete some designs, write in this blog, start on the long awaited hand dyes and get things rolling! Below is a collage which basically depicts a micro organization of my summer. I sincerely hope you all had a fantastic summer!!!
On Sept 2nd we welcomed Natalie to our family weighing in at 5 lbs.11 oz a sweet little girl for my niece mommy Makenzie and daddy Daniel. So excited for them both and of course all of the grandmas, grandpas, aunties, uncles and cousins! I'm sure she will bring even more happiness to our lives. Of course a small play quilt,bib and pacifier clip just had to be made for this precious new little one. Below is the picture of the "Ephalump Quilt" made with strip piecing and of course a picture of the beautiful Miss Natalie.
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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