Friday, July 22, 2011

What I've been up to

This week I finished two Blocks of the Month for my guild

Just in time for my MIL's birthday, I made her an asymmetrical charm quilt with embroidered tracings of my children's (her grandchildren's) hands

Here's one set of hands (my son's)

If I get any time tonight, I will work on sewing the binding down on Triple Rail Fence.

Happy Sewing!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Triple Rail Fence is tied now

I love the look of this quilt.  My sis came over with her young uns and helped me tie it.  Friday night we worked on it and again on Saturday, while the kids played and competed for our attention.

after the tying was done, I tried the tutorial I found at Flourishing Palms blog (see post right before this one).  I even used the school glue for basting, and let me tell you it worked great.  My DH gave me a hobby table cover for Christmas, one that you can iron on, and it was a great help with the heat setting of the glue.  There's not enough space on the ironing board to stretch out a whole quilt, I really needed table space but didn't want to use our dining room table for ironing..  With the heat proof padded table cover, I could use a utility table I usually use for cutting for ironing surface.  After glue basting, I sewed on two strips of binding so I could try the folding and marking, and here's how that looks:

I sewed on the markings, turned it right side out, and there you go, perfect mitered corner.  I can't tell you how happy I was to find this!  I have struggled and struggled with bindings, it is heartbreaking to take all the time to do a qult and then have a binding that is not up to standard.  I finally feel proud of a binding I've done.

Isn't that beautiful!
when the whole thing is done, I will proudly post a finished picture.  Wouldn't you know I have run short on the pink fabric I'm using for the binding.  A green was chosen originally, but it just didn't look right after I had it all cut out.  Back to the LQS! 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Binding tutorial by Flourishing palms

I ran across this binding tutorial at, a wonderful blog called Flourishing Palms.  I am going to try this today and will post pics later!  Yesterday I started tying a quilt with the help of my sister, our daughters played around us, we had "say yes to the dress" on the TV, hubby and our sons were doing various things, life is so good. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

One flower wednesday

the center of this one looks kind of like an egg yolk, doesn't it, except egg yolks aren't green at all.  I decided to make all my centers yellow, and my connector hexes green, but I don't know which green yet.

 View more beautiful flowers at Karen's blog