27 July, 2015

24 July, 2015

Quick Tips for Quilters- 2

Today's quilting tip is about binding. And I can't believe I figure this out only now, in my 15th year of quilting!

Quilting tips- binding

So what could it be?
Prepare the binding as soon as you finish the quilt top! Don't wait until the quilting is done!

So you just finished a quilt top. You clean up your sewing space, fold all the fabrics used and put them back in your closet.

You are now anxious to see it quilted. You quilt it. Then maybe you wash it (I wash my quilts all the time).

And after that, you have to square it up and bind it. It shouldn't take you too much time!

But then you remember you have to piece the binding! And you want a scrappy binding and you have to search again in your (extensive, I bet!) stash and find the fabrics used in this quilt. And then you realize that meanwhile you made another top and you ran out of some fabrics!

Quilting tips- binding

By now you are already tired so you decide to bind the quilt tomorrow. Or maybe you give up of the idea of piecing an AWESOME binding and you will bind the quilt with a simple fabric (like I did just today!).

Does it happen to you? It happens to me all the time!!

Quilting tips- binding

But what if the binding was previously done? With great enthusiasm you will proceed to bind the quilt!

So, the PERFECT time to piece the binding is right after the top is done. All the fabrics are on the table, the sewing machine is there and, if you made a patchwork quilt, you are in the "piecing mode" anyway. Why not piece the binding right now?

What do you think? When do you prepare the binding?

Do you know other productivity tips? Let's learn from each other, let's sew smarter, no harder!

22 July, 2015

Quick Tips for Quilters- 1

Let's share some quick tips for quilters!

I use a lot of fusible web - like Wonder Under, Vliesofix/Bondaweb, Heat and Bond, Steam a Seam.
Fusible raw edge applique is a quick technique that makes working with tiny pieces or odd shapes a breeze.

I have made many quilts in this technique and here are some tips:

Applique Quilting Tips

  • Fusible web makes the applique pieces stiff.

    This stuff is AMAZING for wall hangings but not so fabulous for baby quilts.
    If you need a soft and  cozy quilt for a baby, limit the number of applique pieces you use (or use other applique techniques but not fusible web).

  • Usually we want the applique pieces to pop. So we leave the applique piece unquilted and quilt around it. This is a great technique BUT...

    If the piece is big and you have to wash the quilt (and I wash ALL my quilts), after washing, that applique piece will look wrinkled and you might have to press it. To avoid this, quilt over the applique pieces - it's up to you how densely you quilt.

    Here are some examples:
Applique Quilting Tips
Unquilted pieces; they are small but I still pressed them.

Applique Quilting Tips
Right after washing; after that, I pressed those pieces.

Applique Quilting Tips
I prefer to heavily quilt over the applique pieces.
  • If you want to combine applique with trapunto, avoid using fusible web. Use glue to keep the applique pieces in place. We want trapunto be puffy but fusible web is stiff.

    Applique Quilting Tips
    Applique with fusible web and trapunto - not a good idea!

  • The Jeans needle is the best needle to stitch over fusible web applique pieces.

  • Heavy quilting and fusible web make a quilt VERY stiff. Soften it with fabric softener, even if it is a wall hanging (when I rinse the quilt, I add a little fabric softener in the water). The quilt will drape better, it will be easier to flatten it after washing and even the stitching will look more beautiful.
Do you need more information about fusible raw edge applique technique?

Raw Edge Applique Tutorial.
Applique + Trapunto Tutorial
Free Quilt Pattern
"Flamenco" Free Quilt Pattern

and many of my patterns use this technique.

Happy sewing!


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