Thursday, June 12, 2014

Whimsical Drawings- Binding and Sleeve tutes

"Whimsical Drawings"  20" X 19"
The paintstick drawings are all quilted and appliqued to the quilt. It's done, and there is a little ornament in the center that says, Simply Perfect. HA! It was started on a whim to draw with paintsticks one evening, and for some reason I finished it.
 Remember when I asked what takes you from Meh to Must do it? (read all about it here)

Would you just look at that background fabric??
It has found it's way into three of my quilts.

I poked holes in the little cardboard embellishment with an awl, then attached it with beads.
The little drawings were quilted on batting, then binding put on and they were appliqued to the background so that they stand up like little paintings.

The fountain has a wee little metal bird attached.

It was all carefully measured before being attached to the background, yet somehow it went wonky.

Let's just say it's ironic, that the placard says  perfectly simple!

So here's the little poodle, so sassy! Quietly waiting for a passing squirrel.

Now for the tutorial on how I do the faux piped binding technique. I originally saw it on a blog (see my tutorials page for hers) and that person said she saw it in 2012 in American Quilter magazine.

Since I am showing people how to do it at the Annapolis quilt show this weekend, I thought I'd show you too!

First cut two strips, one for the binding, cut at 1 1/2" wide, and the piping color cut at 1 3/4 " wide. You'll need to piece strips long enough to go around your quilt plus 5 to 10 inches extra.

Sew these two together along the length with a 1/4" seam

Press that seam toward the piping color. Then...
Fold in half wrong sides together and press. See the cute little edge of piping color??

sleeve after basting
 Before we put on the binding let's put on the sleeve.
Cut sleeve 9 inches wide and hem the sides. Place opened sleeve along the top of the quilt, right side of sleeve to backing and baste in place about 1/8" . Draw with chalk a line about 4 3/8 from the top. Hand baste along side, chalk line and up the other side, thru only the back and batting. Fold the sleeve up to the top matching edges

 .Now you're ready to bind. With the back of the quilt facing up, and the binding ( piping color showing to you) sew around the quilt, with a large quarter to 3/8" seam line.  Miter the corners as usual.

Press binding away from the quilt. Flip quilt to front, pull the binding over the raw edge and sew along the piping color in the ditch.
This method is all done by machine.

So now the sleeve is on, the binding is done, and you're done! If you want to see the piped edge closer, please click on the first image or look at the little poodle shot.
I hope to figure out how to video tutes in the future.
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  1. I love those all put together, and my very favorite color scheme (bright rainbow!) I think the poodle is my favorite.

  2. Great tutorial, LeeAnna! That is one of my all time favourite binding methods. Well done!

  3. This is so fun and happy!! Love all the little details like the poodle and the bird on the fountain. And thanks for the piping tutorial too, so effective!!

  4. I am amazed at how perfectly you have developed your little fun sketches and unified them. Wonderful.

  5. Hi LeeAnna!
    This quilt really says Summer! Great background fabric!
    Thanks for the tutorial!
    Take care,

  6. Wow! You've been busy! Nice job on the quilt and I can see why that fabric keeps showing up in your quilts - it's so you :-) thank you for the tute

  7. These whimsical drawings are lovely and so well matched with your fabulous background material. Lovely.
    You left a comment on my blog a few weeks ago giving some good advice on problem machines. I would have answered but you are a 'no-reply' blogger -but thank you very much for your ideas - they were appreciated.

  8. The background fabric is wonderful! Supercute quilt!

  9. Oh my. Beautiful! A piece of art.

  10. I love to stop here and see what you are creating. Gorgeous!

  11. I am going to try this soon, it has been on my to do list for ages! Thanks....visiting back from

  12. I LOVE THE LOOK OF THE DOUBLE BINDING!! Thanks for resharing at Tuesday I can find it I'm going to try this!! THANKS LeeAnna!!

  13. Very nice pic...err wall art. Thanks for the info on the double binding. I want to use that one on a quilt.