Hi-diddly-O! Happy Quilters! Excitement doesn't even start to describe how I'm feeling about being close to a quilt finish. It's been a long year of health issues and lack of mojo. In the last two weeks I feel like I'M BACK! The quilt designs ideas are starting to flow like a waterfall once again. I can't get them into EQ8 fast enough. Before I can finish designing a quilt there's another idea being scribbled onto paper. After finishing the binding on this quilt my plan is to get 3 more quilts finished by Christmas. Patterns for them will need to wait until the quilts are complete.
These three new quilts are going to test my productivity and dedication to the project. I'm up for a good challenge after a year of almost no quilting.
I have a few tricks for how I do machine binding quickly. Binding by machine is not my favorite method but hand work right now is out of the question. Machine binding can give a nice finish if done correctly. I like for the front and the back of the binding to look the same, ALL the stitching needs to be on the binding not on the quilt. Keep an eye out later in the week/month for a binding tutorial.
No fancy gadgets needed. Gadgets sometimes can slow me down. Example...binding clips...UGG. I don't care for them at all. I know many of you do but for me they are too time consuming. Click here for my product review on them. Another example would be the binding buddy. I don't like them either. It's quicker and easier for me to just throw the binding between my legs on the floor. It's worked for me for over 30 years. After trying several different ideas for neat and tiding binding on a roll of some sort I've found this old method of dangle on the floor to be the most efficient for me.
Here's a sneak peek at the quilt for this scrappy binding. I'm using the leftovers from the fat quarters used in making the quilt top. When I put this girl on the frame I had every intention of quilting it lightly and quick. However me, myself and I had other plans. We compromised with somewhere between quick and easy and quilted to death. I LOVE how it turned out and can't wait for you to see the finished quilt.
The topic of this post is Sneak Peek, Binding and Prayers. I've covered the first two topics so now I would like to ask you for your prayers.
Recently, I was contacted by Karen a fellow quilter and follower of my blog. She stated I had been on her mind and how she loved my work. And then she started telling me her recent breast cancer diagnosis and how overwhelming the process of treatment can be. Cancer has touched so many people in my life. Either they're fighting the battle or they are helping someone who is fighting the battle. As many of you know I cared for my mom during her battle. And over the last three years I've had moments when I thought I might have cancer. Karen didn't ask anything of me she simply wanted me to know how my blog and story has inspired and touched her life. Please put and keep Karen in your prayers. Leave her a message below in the comments letting her know that we are all here and praying for healing and a speedy recovery.