It's April and I'm not sure where this year has gone too already!?
The weather has finally decided to brighten up and the days are getting longer, which helps when, like me you decide to sew in the early evening. I'm finally feeling more inspired to create again!
We've had some exciting news this month, my younger sister is expecting a baby later in the year and the only decision really is what to start sewing first? It's a toss up between some very cute bunting or a gorgeous quilt. As they're not finding out what they're having I'm going to enjoy playing around with some of the more uni-sex fabrics I stock.
There's lots going on behind the scenes at Patch Headquarters at the moment. April is the month we are launching our new Stitch Club with Simply Sewing @ Blundeston Village Hall, Thursday 27th April, 7.00-8.30pm, £6 a session.
The idea behind Stitch Club, is to get everyone sewing together. Everyone is welcome to bring along their individual project. We welcome all levels of sewing abilities: to come along, chat, seek help or advice and to be inspired with like minded people.
We will be meeting twice a month, every other Thursday and I look forward to meeting lots of inspirational people.
I will be bringing along a gorgeous selection of fat quarter sets, individual fat quarters, interfacing, wadding and a range of moon threads for you to purchase on the night. With the added bonus of 10% discount when you come to Stitch Club!!
I'm not sure how it'll all fit in the car, the selection of new fabrics is phenomenal and I'm sooooo excited about the new ranges that will be arriving over the next few months.
Kicking off the new blog space for Patch is my tutorial for binding a quilt.
There is more than one way to bind a quilt. This is the way I was shown several years ago and uses a combination of machine and hand sewing. This is the way anyone taking a beginners class at Patch will be shown. Personally I like the neatness of the hand stitching to the back of the quilt. And after spending time and love on piecing and quilting an extra hour or so sat in front of the TV hand stitching really is no great hardship!
Binding a Quilt
We will be making binding for the quilt by cutting 2.5” WOF strips and joining them together to make one long strip. You can make the strips wider if you prefer a wider binding.
Measure all the way around your finished top adding on 12”.
For example: a quilt top measuring 40” x 60” will need 40+40+60+60+10 =230” of binding.
To work out how much fabric to cut we divide the total -230” by 44” (WOF) = 5.23 WOF strips. Round that up to 6.
So we need to cut 6 x 2.5” strips of fabric = 15” of fabric (in the UK or anywhere that sells metric this rounds up to 35cm)
** I will turn this into a simpler formula when I get a second to make it easier for any size!
Once the strips have been cut you need to join these (remember to cut off the selvedge – you don’t want this to show on your binding) by stitching short edge to short edge. Right sides together.
Press the long strip in half along the middle of the long side. It now measures 1.25”
Working on the front of the quilt, start in the middle of one and place the binding raw edge to raw edge. Leaving a 'tail' of 3", place under the machine foot and stitch using a ¼” seam allowance.
Stop ¼” before the edge.
Lift up the machine presser foot and remove the quilt from the machine.
Fold back the binding strip to the top edge so it forms a right angle at the corner.
Now fold over, covering the angle you made so that the strip runs along the edge of the quilt.
Start stitching right at the top of the strip and carry on all the way down the side down to the next corner.
Repeat steps 4-9 at remaining corners.
Stop stitching 6 inches away from where your stitching began.
We are now going to join the strip by folding in the 2 sides (tails) to meet in the middle. Finger press really well so you can see the crease in the fabric.
This line is where you will sew to join the fabric.
Stitch and trim.
Finally, close the gap by stitching to the side of the quilt.
Thats the binding fixed to the front, now to hand stitch at the back. Bring the binding over to the front of the quilt. No need to press.
Starting at one corner fold the binding over to back of quilt.
Make the mitred corner by folding one side over the other smoothly.
I use a wonder clip or similar to hold a few inches of binding while I hand stitch, moving the clips along as I sew.
I don’t pin all the way round, as I find they stick in you as you are holding and folding the quilt on your lap, but if you feel happier pinning and are more careful than I am – go for it!
Securely stitch in that first corner – there is no need to stitch up the mitre, it holds well just at the corner.
Stitch right around the back of the quilt using an invisible hemming stitch.
I work right to left – from the corner I insert the needle just into the fabric of the binding pulling through the thread.
Then make a tiny stitch just under where the binding will sit, pulling through the thread.
And sew on!
Keep your stitches small and the result will be as close to invisible as possible.
Use this method to finish your quilts, cushions, table runners or pot holders.
If you have any questions, ask in the shop or leave a comment so we can get back to you.