Monday, April 1, 2013

one week later............... April Fools!

the baby quilt from Craft Camp 2012 .....goes to...
{Madison Grace Haynes}
born October 8th, 2012
she joined big brother Elijah
and big brother Sam
two lucky boys with two sweet loving parents

I loved working on that little quilt. I even missed it after it was complete! I hope Maddie Grace loves it to shreds!

Here are some step by step close-ups on how I finished the quilt

after piecing the front it was time for the batting
I didn't have quite enough batting in one piece so here is how I pieced it together  
 look closely above (near the bottom of the photo)
you can see where I overlapped the batting
I used a large zig zag stitch on the machine so that the 'seam' was flat

on top of batting
on top of backing

lots and lots of safety pins  
 keep smoothing the fabric with your hands
I kept checking the back
while the pins were still open
that way I could re-do sections that needed it
without opening pins again!

next up...
adding the binding

cut strips 2 1/2 inches wide

sew them into one long piece
enough to go around the entire quilt
here is how you connect one piece to another
on the diagonal
trim about 1/4 to 3/8 inch next to the sewing line

 press in half - lengthwise

attaching the binding to the quilt

leave a pretty long tail
when you begin to attach the binding to the quilt
start attaching the binding
somewhere near the middle
of one of the quilt sides
how to handle the corners 

 stop sewing 1/4 inch from end of raw quilt edge
(the blue bicycle fabric)

turn the entire quilt a quarter turn
flip the binding tail away from you
then flip it back down toward you
careful to hold the top fold 
along the top edge of the unfinished quilt
this will create a nice corner
when you do the finishing work by hand

what the corner will look like on the front

 {the hardest part!}
this is the part I have the hardest time with
this just may be the reason that I decided to
take all these photos
document how it should be done!
 even is no one else ever refers to this
I probably will!
first step
 leave a nice long tail of binding
at least 7 inches
this should be in addition to
the extra inches left at the beginning
of attaching the binding

second step
 smooth each side of the binding
against the quilt to see where the left piece
meets the right piece
mark that spot
open each side of the binding
line up the right edge
of the left piece
to the spot you marked
on the right piece
{right sides together}
I pin and mark my sewing line
I only pin it temporarily
so that I can see if I have indeed
marked the correct sewing line

inevitably, I seem to sew in the wrong spot
 but try and try again
I always get it right in the end! 

when you do sew on the line
you need to sort of pull
the binding away from the quilt
this is why you start with
such long tails   

 now is a good time to
lay the binding flat
making sure you've 
closed it correctly
{do this before you cut off the extra tail}
 the second and third photos below 
show the extra tail cut off

third step 
finish sewing
this last section
of binding
to the quilt

fourth step
trim the excess
with your clear ruler and rotary cutter 

 fifth step
fold the binding over
to the back of the quilt

 sew the binding
by hand
hiding the stitches
inside the fold

the quilting
I cut a four petal flower
out of plastic
I traced this each time
I was ready to quilt
that square
sometimes I used blue tailors chalk
sometimes I used white 

the tailors chalk washed out after a couple washings

check out the tv in the background
I even took my quilt project
to Rudino's on a Sunday afternoon
to 'watch' the Vikings!

the finished project
{after multiple washings}

the finished project
in the hands of
{before Madison arrived} 
and this is what it was all about!


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