Thursday, March 31, 2011

How to make a faced binding

Quite often I think bindings can visually distract from an art quilt. Of course there are times when the binding integrates visually to the overall design of a quilt and is a necessary design element. But for my quilts I find a frame of color around the outside edge of the quilt to be distracting. I don't really like big wooden frames on painted canvases either, so I guess that is just my personal preference.

So, when I make large art quilts, I like to make faced bindings, which creates a very clean finish to the front of a quilt (and you can never get a critical comment from a judge that your binding is not evenly filled either, lol).

The first thing you need to do is cut a four inch wide strip of fabric for each side of the quilt that is about 4" longer than each side.

Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and press.

After I have trimmed the quilt to size, I machine stitch the edge to secure any quilting lines that have been cut and to keep the 3 layers secured while sewing the binding on.

Pin the binding fabric to the front of the quilt with a couple extra inches of binding at either end.

With a pencil place a mark 1/4" from the top edge of the quilt, do the same at the bottom edge of the quilt. This is where you will begin and end stitching. Stitch binding down with 1/4" seam allowance.

Fold the binding back at a 45° angle, place the next binding down and repeat the previous step.

Finger press the second binding at a 45° angle.

This finger pressed line will be your stitching line.

Bring the two binding edges together, matching up the finger pressed lines and pin.

Pull the quilt out of the way and stitch along the finger pressed line.

Stop stitching at the pencil mark.

Trim seam to 1/4" and finger press open.

Trim bulk of seam allowance away at corner being careful not to cut the stitching line.

Trim the seam allowance at an angle toward the corner.

Turn the binding to the back, poking the corner out to a point with your finger or with a blunt pointed object. Press the binding along the edge of the quilt with a hot iron. Then slip stitch the binding to the back of the quilt.

A nice clean finish! 

Be sure and check out all the spring tutorials;

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Art Spark: Tutorial Spring!

This week spring from one blog to another and learn something new!

Tuesday, March 29:
Kelli Nina Perkins:  Small Media Case (for an mp3 player or other device) using Stitch Imagery
Melly Testa:  Incised Fun Foam Stamping
Gwen Diehn:  Recycled slip cover for a small book

Kelli Nina Perkins:  Small Media Case using Stitch Imagery
Gwen Diehn:  Recycled slip cover for a small book

Wednesday, March 30:
Jane La Fazio: Freezer paper stencils from your sketchbook images and paintstiks
Carla Sonheim: Bunny Power: Quick Tombo Rabbits
Tracie Lyn Huskamp: A Painted Egg

Jane La Fazio: Freezer paper stencils from your sketchbook images and paintstiks
Tracie Lyn Huskamp: A Painted Egg

Thursday, March 31:
Jill K Berry: Journal mapping
Lyric Kinard: Sketchbook Slipcover
Alisa Burke : Spring Wreath
Judy:  Making a Faced Binding

Jill K Berry: Journal mapping
Lyric Kinard: Sketchbook Slipcover
Making a Faced Binding

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Are you going to International Quilt Festival Long Beach?

July and International Quilt Festival, Long Beach will be here before you know it. I am so excited, I love being in Southern California and teaching in Long Beach. The class catalog is out and registration has begun, so I wanted to let you know I will be teaching three classes this year.

Thursday, July 28
Tsukineko All Purpose Inks
Tsukineko Inks have a broad range of applications for painting fabrics. You'll learn effective blending and shading techniques, working with wet and dry brush application methods on white fabric and light hand dyes. You will be amazed at what these inks can do.

PS this class has a required supply fee for the basic color set of inks, if you want to take the class but already own these ink colors, email me after you have registered and I can arrange to order 12 additional colors to supplement the colors you already have.

Friday, July 29
Heavy Metal Play Day
Spend a day working with craft metal and discover a variety of ways you can add flash to your mixed media projects. Learn several embossing techniques, working with an assortment of tools to create designs with dimension and texture on aluminum and copper. Methods for joining metal  to other media and adding color with alcohol inks will also be explored.

Each student in this class will receive a Creative Metal Tool kit ($29 value) and aluminum and copper metal courtesy of Walnut Hollow.

Saturday, July 30 
Tea & Ephemera
Your mixed media cup will runneth over while exploring a number of ways to add visual texture and imagery to mixed media work with tea bags, yes, I said tea bags! printed abaca paper, colored pencils, textile paint, rubber stamps, transfers and paint sticks.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring has sprung in Quilting Arts

I just got the new issue of Quilting Arts magazine in the mail today.

What a great spring issue! Loaded with flower themed imagery, just what those of us in the gloomy, cold north need, to remind us that it really is spring!

Paula Chung's gorgeous floral silk quilt is on the cover and inside she has an interview with Pokey featuring a lot more photos of her painterly lustrous silk quilts.

My friend Jane LaFazio has a wonderful article on stitched sketches, I have an article on using Acrylic Inks

and on the next page my good friend Laura Wasilowski has an article on zen doodle quilts!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Festive times in Ann Arbor

The Fiesta Ornaments class is always fun, since there are a variety of different materials and techniques involved. The first half of the class we spend leisurely painting and during the second half we break out the tools.

The little fabric paintings are combined with heavy weight interfacing and colorful hand dyed fabric, then quilted and finished with a satin stitched edge.

Decorative edge craft scissors and x-acto knives are used to cut the metal frames.

The frames are then stitched to the quilted ornaments, people are always a little nervous about this step until they see how easy it is to sew.

Then the real fun begins when we pull out the embossing tools to decorate the metal with decorative designs.

Aren't they wonderful?!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Tea & Ephemera in Ann Arbor

We had a great day today drawing on teabags, then collaging printed teabags, decorative tissues and text, adding paint and colored pencils to teabags, incorporating colored images with TAPS transfers, rubber stamps and stenciling images with Shiva Paint stiks.

So many beautiful collages ready to stitch.

At the end of the day, I was treated to a fun dinner at Zingerman's Roadhouse with the best sweet potato fries I have ever had, yummm!

Now, I am kicking my feet up and getting ready for my lecture in the morning.


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