Yes, I’m still binding and writing. I think it’s Groundhog Day because I keep on doing the same thing! There is great progress on finishing my projects for the book, and that’s good because I am behind in all the details of normal life.
I’ve got some unconventional ways of doing things that work for me–thought I’d share:
I needed to remove both glue and markings from some of my work. I did not want to run them through the washer or even hand wash in the normal fashion. I wanted to make sure they did not wrinkle or crunch up before they were photographed. I took them out to the steps up to the spa and hosed them down. It worked quite well as the quilts stayed flat and then dried without wrinkles. Win!
I don’t know if this is something other sewists do, but when I am attaching something by hand, like binding, I take 3-5 stitches in succession without pulling the thread all the way through. Then I carefully pull all the stitches through at once. I can zip through a binding that way! I would guess it shaves my time down by maybe a fourth. Works for me! No, I did not use white thread for my bindings–it’s just so that you can tell what I did.
After agonizing over whether to hand or machine finish my bindings, I decided to hand finish. I messed with machine finishing and it just didn’t work well. The whole glue or fusible thing-nah. I did as suggested by several of my readers and ironed the glue to set it. That worked well, but no matter which glue I used, the glue was flexible but resisted my needle. And the fusing just did. not. work for a skinny binding.
And I realized –there is something comforting and satisfying about finishing my quilts by hand. It’s the punctuation mark, the final touch. I thought about farming the task of binding out, but it didn’t feel right. So here I am binding by hand; call me a fool.
Yes, I’m in it! “Bubbles 8 Ways” is how it’s titled I think. I can’t wait to see it on the news stand! It was fun to work with Quilting Arts-they were so helpful and made it an enjoyable experience. I hope I work with them again. I have so many ideas in my head for more articles. I just need a little time–hah! You can get your very own copy here.
For no particular reason, Zeke says “Hi”:
Next week’s post may be brief; I’ll be in the midst of a 3-guild 5-event gig in Southern Ca. I’ll be driving back and forth to 3 locations so wish this Suburban Girl good luck in LA traffic!
I’m linking up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday.