Tag: Quilt Techniques

Quilting Resolutions

Are UFOs, PIGS, or WIPs a part of your New Years Resolutions? UnFinished Objects, Projects in Grocery Sacks, and Works in Progress can weigh a quilter down if she or he isn’t careful!

Maybe you could use this easy binding technique to get some of your projects out of the way and off your mind – the “Lickety Split Quilt Binding” makes that last big step go quickly and looks smart!

See the original Lickety-Split Quilt Bindings post HERE.

When I have “git-ur-done” quilts, not needing hand-turned binding, this is my go-to technique. This technique provides a 2 1/4″ or a 2″ binding (for mini quilts) options. Shout out to “Susie” who shared a similar technique on Pinterest – but that version made a wider binding not commonly used these days.

What’s nice about this machine stitched binding is that it gives your quilt a tiny burst of contrasting color between the quilt and the binding, appearing to be piping or a “micro-flange”. This also gives your needle a perfect nesting line for stitching on.

How to:

2 1/4 ” binding: Cut main binding strips 1 1/4″ width and cut the accent strips (piping look) slightly larger at 1 1/2″ width.

2″ binding: Cut main binding strips 1 1/8″ width and cut the accent strips (piping look) slightly larger at 1 3/8″.

Simply cut your strips, sew them end to end and press like normal binding. Do this for both sets of strips. Then, with right sides together, sew your long strips, press the seam to the binding color.

With the seam facing down, align the edge of the binding along the edge of your quilt and stitch a scant 1/4 inch seam (or smaller than your final stitch seam. Lastly, using bobbin thread that matches your backing and upper thread to match the accent, turn your binding to the front of your quilt and stitch in the ditch between the two fabrics. You might use a seam guide and adjust your needle position to a comfortable spot.

And just like that – your binding is finished – Lickety Split!

Here’s to your health, happiness, and many finished quilts in 2020!

Prairie Point Hanging Method

Hang your quilts the fast and easy way, using prairie points!

Let’s face it…quilts take time. We really should cherish each step of the process. But it’s those last few steps that sometimes really get me:

the binding…

the label…

the SLEEVE…ugh!

Now there is a fast, easy way to attach a hanging sleeve  with just a few quick points – Prairie Points!

Click here for How-To video!

Take a few squares of fabric, fold them diagonally twice and lay them on your quilt. Baste with your machine, inside your binding seam, and stitch by hand the points ONLY. That’s it! It’s that easy.

Now let’s break it down:

If you have a small wall hanging, 5 inch squares will do.  If you have a large bed quilt, 12 – 16 inch squares will work.  The number you need depends on how large you make them and the size of your quilt. You’ll see, as soon as you fold one and hold it up to your quilt, how many you’ll need. This method is so much faster and easier that the traditional “sleeve”, you’ll be looking forward to putting these on your quilt at last!

So, for this tiny wall hanging (11  inches wide), I am using two five-inch squares.

Easy Method for Hanging Quilts

For small pieces, I like to use an even number of triangles so that the center is open for hanging it on one hook or nail. Of course, larger pieces need to be hung by two hooks, so the number of triangles attached to the quilt depend only on how many you want to add. For example, my 90 -inch wide quilt has 7 triangles which started with 12 1/2 inch squares.

Also great about this method, if you have a particularly heavy quilt to hang, you can add additional rod support in the center of your quilt in between two triangles.

So, take your square, fold it diagonally once, press. Fold that triangle

Folded twice from square.

Folded twice from square.

Hang your quilts using prairie points.

diagonally again, press. Do this for all of the squares and lay them at the top of your quilt, cut edge, lining up with the top edge of your quilt sandwich. Pin in place. Machine baste within the seam of your binding (whether the binding is on yet or not). Take a needle and thread (I like to use doubled thread for this) and stitch down each point, securing with several stitches.

Turn (or stitch and turn) binding as usual and your quilt is ready to hang! But, um, don’t forget your label!

Remember to adjust  the size and number of your squares based on the width of your quilt. For example:

My pink mini wall hanging uses four small, 4-inch squares.

Four 7-inch squares make prairie points for a 24-inch wide hanging.

Four 16-inch squares work well for a 48-inch quilt and easily accommodates the largest requirements for our quilt show standards. Simply add more of the same size prairie points for a bed-size quilt.

TIP: For small wall hangings, use an even number of prairie points and you can hang your quilt from a single nail or hook instead of levelling it between two points.



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