Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sewing on binding

After my company left last night I started sewing the binding on the summer quilt. I'm sewing it on the back of the quilt and will flip it to the front and finish with the narrow zig zag which I have shown on previous posts. I'm using a diagonal stripe for the binding so I will have the look of a bias binding with a straight of grain one.Well, it snowed, and snowed, and snowed here. It started about 2 p.m. Fri. and didn't stop until around 7p.m. Sat. These sedum flowers were shown as cone heads a few days ago with icy snow. That all melted with a 40 degree start to Friday. I took this picture around 3:30 yesterday afternoon and we got another 3 or more inches after that.
My snow plow guy came at 3:15 and by 4:15 there was another 2" of snow that I went out to shovel off the driveway. My family started arriving shortly after that and 2 of the younger set took over and cleared it so my dad would not have to walk in snow. The bad news is that we aren't going to get above freezing for about a week so this snow is staying.
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On the pillowcases from yesterday: I made them with 3 pieces, using the width of the fabric minus a sliver cut off at the fold and about 1/4" cut off the selvage edge. The length of 2 pieces was 29.5" and the third piece was 10". I took the measurements from my Liberty of London pillow case. I sewed mine together with my serger so all seams are finished. One of the 29.5" pieces has a 1.25" hem on it and the 10" piece has a narrow hem. I will make one more and take pictures of the steps and hopefully post them tomorrow. You could make it with just 2 pieces and eliminate sewing on the smaller piece. Now that I look at it, they did it the way they did because the pretty fabric is just on the outside and the plain fabric is the back and the inside flap.

18 comments:

Maria said...

The strippy binding on your "Summer Quilt" will look gorgeous and machine stitching is soooo much easier.
Love your snow pictures. We are also going to have 42 tomorrrow but celcius.HOT!! Sure would melt your snow quickly LOL.
I hope you enjoyed your vistors and it was nice of the yung ones to clear the snow for Dad.

Joyce said...

Your snow situation is similar to ours. We've been stranded since Christmas day and are not sure of getting out of our yard even today. We were going to have a belated Christmas at our son's today but who knows...

karenfae said...

sorry to hear you are getting so much snow - but glad to hear that you had assistance in clearing out the driveway. Looking forward to seeing the quilt finished.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

solomi558 said...

I,ve tried machining the binding down but if it goes off even slightly it bugs me--cottonreel

kimbuktu said...

Thanks for the instructions on the European pillowcase, I've bookmarked the page and look forward to pictures.

Bunny said...

Pretty quilt and I love stripe binding. Thanks for the instructions for the cases.
No snow here in Canada...

Needled Mom said...

I can hardly wait to get back into my sewing room again.

The summer quilt will be a welcome site after seeing all of that snow. It does sound as though it is around for awhile.

Jackie said...

Your summer quilt is looking beautiful! The striped binding will be a nice addition. And oh my!, you did get quite a bit of snow. Luckily none is in the forcast for us. Thanks for the tip on the pillowcases. I have never made them in that manner.

Jean said...

Yea, that white stuff piles up quickly. How much did you get in all?
The quilt is going to be pretty with that striped binding!

Jody said...

You were lucky to have snow for Christmas!!! We had ice. The sun is out today and it's warm - looking like spring instead of winter. I started my "H" quilt and have problems already!!! Have to go back and examine your beauty!
Your pillowcases are lovely.

Cathi said...

We still have no snow -- in fact had fog last night. But the temperature's about to plummet and I would bet we get some snow this week.
I love that striped fabric for the binding!

belinda said...

Woo Hoo...your summer quilt is a
breath of fresh air....especially
with all the snow....your photo with the 'snowcone' plants is a hoot!!!

Anonymous said...

I really like your bias stripe binding... and on the straight of grain yet. Nice...

No snow here yet either... just that cold front from 'Bunny in Canada' (*._,*) I do love your photo's of all the snow, I love the clean beauty of it.

Sounds like your pillow cases were a hit with your family and on your blog. We always called them an 'envelope closure'... I like European Style better, it has more class.

J~MT

capitolaquilter said...

Working on a Summer Quilt when it's snowing is a great way to escape into pretend sunshine. Christmas here was a glorious 64 degrees.
I ordered a dozen 1 yard pieces of KAFFE FASSETT fabric yesterday as part of my after Christmas splurge. Never worked with it before but always love the quilts you make so I'm giving it a try.

Eva said...

What an amazing photo of these snow flowers! Snow makes the world so quiet, doesn't it? That's the best thing about it.
The backing fabric is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Hi Wanda, Love the pillow cases and look forward to pics,
Thanks,jmh

Purple Pam said...

Binding is one of my favorite parts of a quilt. That means it is almost finished! Fun pillowcases - great gifts.

Happy New Year

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Definitely looks like a winter wonderlad where you are! Love the colors on your summer quilt.