Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A bump in the road.......

I basted a quilt yesterday morning while talking to a friend who was using a couple of my design walls. Then last night I put the binding on 2 more mug rugs that I had quilted a couple nights ago.  As I have been making these, I have had a nagging memory of a baby quilt with the corners of the binding sticking out and raveled.  I have been sewing the binding on the front, turning it to the back and topstitching right next to the binding on the top to catch the flap on the back.  I have gotten pretty good at it, but the nagging memory had me wondering about the folded mitered corners that aren't tacked down like they are when I hand sew bindings.  When I did these blue ones I tugged at the binding at the corner and I could see it would pop out with a little pull.  While I watched 3 hours of TV last night I went back and hand tacked the corners on 10 of the finished mug rugs.  That is way too much time for the price I will charge (no final price decided yet) so I tried bartacking by machine on these blue ones because the binding is dark and it won't be as noticeable.  It is a little messier, but like I say, on a dark color it doesn't show up much.  I'll be experimenting for a solution on the next ones I make.

12 comments:

HollyM said...

I noticed that very same thing when I machine stitched the binding around one of my sewing kits and I hand tacked it down too.

Anonymous said...

When sewing the binding totally by machine I have changed to sewing the binding on the back and then topstitching on the front. I even take a few stitches down the corner of the miter to double catch the corner. I do machine binding when I know a quilt is going to be washed and used regularly. I have not had any problem with the corners ever coming loose. Do you do the 45 degree fold on the corners of your binding and keep stitching or do you put a seam in the corner of your binding?
Ardis

Julierose said...

I love those blue mug rugs--I, too, wonder about my bindings. Like you, I have always machine sewed them on the front and hand stitched the back down over the sides; I hand stitch the mitered corners twice--so far, so good. On the smaller mug rugs I have attempted--I have trouble with dble-fold bindings being too thick. Do you use single on yours??? Julierose

Cookie said...

nice looking mug rugs.
So far I just tried one time to machine stich the binding. I did not like it so I stick to machine sew the binding to the front and hand stich on the back.

Elaine M said...

Love the blues! Sometimes, on quilts that will get lots of use and washing (baby, potholders, and place mats)I use a machine decorative stitch to sew down the binding. Ladder, herringbone, feather or braid; these seem to tack down the corners nicely and blend into the finished binding. I don't use any of the dense stitches, too much thread, time and makes the edge "hard".

Anonymous said...

OMG Wanda ~ Just bar tack them all ! Only you will feel like you needed to do them by hand. All those people that do not sew will know they are just wonderful ~ bar tack and all !

LOVE the blue mug rugs ~ J~MT

Jean said...

Mug rugs are cute.

Jean said...

Mug rugs are cute.

Jean said...

Mug rugs are cute.

hetty said...

Thanks for the 'heads-up' when sewing by machine. I love them anyway.

Cathi said...

That does sound like a lot of work, stitching each mitred corner! The blue mug rugs are gorgeous!

Purple Pam said...

When you sew your bindings, do you sew off at an angle to the corner?