I felt the need to make a (very dear to me) former co-worker a quilt. Since I don't have a lot of time, I came up with a great idea!
I decided to do a whole cloth quilt with a theme. She loves football so I went to my Autopilot and loaded a black wide back for the top and bottom and used gold thread. I had purchased a football design from Kim Diamond ( site: www.sweetdreamsquiltstudio.com )
I love her designs!!!
So off to quilting:
Then onto binding! My fellow Innovian, Terri shared a technique with me.....but before I continue with that...I have add...Teri is an awesome quilter and she is a beautiful person!! She, like me, is a sharer....no ego involved....if you see something neat, if you find a new technique....you share it!! She's also a biker....which makes her even awesomer....hehe
Ok...back to the quilt....
It's a way to glue on your binding....Yes I said glue on your binding. Just temporarily but it really helps!!
I'm using 2" wide binding strips these days....wondering if there is a special reason for that, do I know something that is great and everyone should use 2" binding....NOPE I can't find my 2 1/2" binding tool.....hehehe When we were boxing things up and getting ready for the ceilings to be replaced, I had some sewing things upstairs and I distinctly remember thinking...I don't need my binding tool and I will put it "here" for now. I can't remember where "here" is....LOL so I have been using my 2" binding tool.
With glue and sewing both sides of binding down by machine, even if I found my 2 1/2" binding tool, I wouldn't use it!!! I really like this new method I'm using...don't think I invented any of this...but I did figure it all out by necessity!!
Back to the process...
Once the binding is all attached, I iron the binding first from the back so when I turn the quilt to the front side, the binding is laying flat and I just need to fold it over.
I gather what I need.....Quilt with binding (check). Elmer's School Glue (must be school glue because is washable) check, Iron (check). BTW....I usually use the white Elmer's School Glue....but I had this at the Studio....either one works!
Take the glue and put small bead in the salvage area of the binding
Your binding is secured!! Then I took my sewing machine and did a decorative stitch to hold the binding in place. If any glue squeezes out of the binding and makes a mark....it will go away when you wash it.
If you are not planning on washing the quilt....this may not be a method you want to try. I washed this quilt and any glue marks were gone!!! And as always....test the glue with the fabric before you use it on a quilt...you may not like it or it may do something to your fabric....there..that's my disclaimer....have fun at your own risk!!!!
I hope to see my friend this week and I will post a picture of her with her new quilt for you all to see!!