Wednesday, July 25, 2018

~ It's the little things ~

We've all heard it's the little things in life that matter.  The same could be said about the little things in quilting.  While working on a true quarter inch binding I realized the quilt just wouldn't be as cute with the standard binding.

As with any rule or saying there is always an exception.  The little binding clips....

...I found them to be in the way more than they helped.  So they were removed and I stitched the binding to the back without them.  But the little storage tin put a smile back on my face.

While nearing the end of the tiny little binding it occurred to me, this binding went so smoothly due to the fancy new self threading needle.  This little invention is one of my favorite sewing notions.  Not perfect for every hand project but it sure comes in handy for bindings and the multiple times threading the needle.

 Well my little quilt is complete but I can't share it with you for a couple of weeks.  A little secret sewing that is sure to make you smile.

The pictures above made it look like this project went together smoothly.   Behind the scenes was a few little hiccups.  My memory was a little off when cutting the binding strips.  It would have been nice had I cut them too wide...easy to fix...just trim them down to the correct size.  Not the case.  They were cut to narrow.  So I cut the correct binding and made this little chart for reference later.  Most of my bindings are cut 2 1/2" or 2 1/4" for a normal size quilt.  And I thought I cut strips for a true 1/4" binding at 1 1/4".  As you can see by the chart below it should have been 1 1/2".  There's sizes on the chart that I may never use but they are there if I decide to live on the wild side and go LARGE. Since I made this I might as well share with those of you who might need one  Click here to save and print.

~ Lea Anne ~

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  1. Thanks so much for the handy chart Lea Anne!

  2. Love the binding fabric. I like horizontal stripes a lot. My go to binding cut is 2-1/4". I adjust my stitch width with a few test runs to make sure the foldover will be to my liking. 2-1/2" is too large and 2" is too small, so this works out great. We all have our preferences.

  3. Cute project. Thanks for the chart!

  4. Can’t wait for the big reveal! Bet it’s adorable.

  5. Thanks for the chart,it will be a big help! I can’t wait to see your reveal. Hugs,

  6. Thanks for the binding chart! I just finished a quilt for a toddler, and cut mine a bit too wide: no trmiming it down for me though. I just made the seam a tad bit bigger!! haha!! I'll be printing up your chart right away!! Hugs, H

  7. Thank you so much for the chart ! I see that you are from Indiana ! Me too.. I will be putting your site at the top of my list.. Catharine Biddy


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