How To Finish A Shaped Quilt Edge Without Binding

I Spy Hexy Quilt

I made this English paper pieced hexagon quilt for my fifth-born child’s first birthday. If I had more time, I would finished off the quilt edge by making a hexagon facing (see Bad Skirt for her drool worthy tutorial). However, his birthday was looming close and I needed a quicker method for finishing it off, but still keeping the wonderful jagged edges.

Hexagon quilt, finished edge, without binding tutorial

So, instead, I mashed up Red Pepper Quilts “A Quilt Without Binding” method and the facing method from Going Home To Roost’s Honey Pot Quilt pattern. I’m no quilting expert, but this method should work for any shaped edge English Paper Pieced quilt.For The Sake Of Science, I’ll share my method here.

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Reversible Leather & Cotton Belting Bag Handles [Tutorial]

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mmmmhmmmm…. I had a babysitter over last Saturday to watch the kids while Andy put in his usual 12 hours of grad school homework. Best. Idea. Ever. My Saturday went from stinky to sublime. I walked out of my sewing room after an hour to nurse Vincent with a big goofy grin on my face and I asked the sitter if she had a hobby that makes her breathless with excitement. She looked at me funny and said no. I guess I didn’t find this one until I was grown-up, married, and growing a family, but it amuses me to remember there was  time when I wasn’t so ridiculously obsessed. (You mean there are people who AREN’T obsessed with things? weird.)

The Cheshire cat grin is due to some rather successful experimentation with a genuine sheepskin leather hide! I’m sin the process of making a leather accented Mommy Poppins Bag which I’ll fully reveal once I have finished the interior as well. In the meantime, want to learn how I made the leather handles shown above? Read on, my friend. [Read more...]

Basket Liners [Tutorial]

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I wasn’t planning on making a tutorial for these basket liners. I’m tired, they aren’t particularly fancy or interesting, and I am distracted by baby-ness. BUT….My little sister requested one, and since she was sweet enough to thrift for baskets for me, I couldn’t say no to her. So here is the basic gist of it for you….

You will need:

  • a basket
  • fabric (I used muslin, and doubled up the lining to make it more opaque.)
  • 1/2″ elastic
  • the usual – thread, pins, etc….

It starts with a basket – handles removed.

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Celebrating the New Year! Quilted Planner Cover [tutorial!]

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I’ve been wracking my brain all week trying to figure out what sort of sewing-blogging-related goals I wanted to set for 2013, and I’ve been coming up empty. Monthly challenges worked out so well in 2010 and 2011, but I don’t think it would be feasible with a baby due to arrive in approximately 8 weeks. Then, I thought choosing a “Word of the Year” would be fun… but somehow SURVIVE doesn’t seem inspiring or motivational.

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In fact, I am starting to feel more than a bit panicky about the short amount of time left before the little dude arrives. I have so many things I want to accomplish, and, as always, I have to let things go. Gutting my WIP pile was leaving  me depressed and moody, so I decided to do a sewing-mojo-boosting, palette-cleansing sort of project. The result is a new Planner Cover for my 2013 Planner Pad. (A tutorial is included at the end of this post.)

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Palette cleansing projects require the very happiest of fabrics to work properly. So, I broke into my precious LillyBelle stash for this one.

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LillyBelle lends itself well to fussy-cutting and pattern matching and other sorts of thrilling sewing challenges.

Quilted Planner Cover - - pattern matching

It was Andy’s idea to pattern-match the tab closure, and at first, I thought he was ridiculous for suggesting such silliness and I told him so. But… clearly it was meant to happen, because it did.

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See how perfectly it worked out? Best. Fabric. Print. Ever.

When I sewed the last stitch of the binding, I let out a deep sigh of sanctification…
and then I noticed it.

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Tears were shed. Big. Snotty. Sobbing Tears.
Then the next morning, a bit of hand-stitching saved the day.

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And now, resolutions or not, I am ready for 2013.

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Bring it.

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Quick Baby Shower Gift Set

Apparently, this is Easy Project Week on Sew Fearless. Matthias’ godmother, Theresa, is due with her first baby this month, and I was lucky enough to spend a morning putting together a coordinating gift set for her.

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