Monday, December 08, 2014

Last Thursday

Last Thursday didn't go as I had planned at all.  My six year old daughter woke me up crying in the middle of the night on Wednesday, saying that her head hurt.  I stayed home with her instead of going to guild.  I did sneak up, but I forgot my phone for show & tell.  By Friday morning, Emma was back to herself.

Terry finished quilting my Sweet Scandinavian quilts and they turned out beautifully.  Thank you, Terry!

Instead of spending my usual Saturday morning at the rink, I got to watch a cruise ship documentary while drinking coffee and binding my quilt.  Life is  good. I've said before that I love to bind.  I thought that I'd share a few of my binding tips.
When I bind, I always wear these gloves.  I'm able to grip the heavy quilt and it makes all the difference in the world.  I also use my walking foot for sewing the binding onto the my quilt.  For less than six dollars, I bought The Binding Tool on sale at The Fat Quarter Shop.  The seamless, continuous binding works out every time.
With The Binding Tool, you mark and trim on both sides and sew the fabric ends together.  Easy peesey!  It is perfect every time...unless you happen to twist the fabric by accident!  Ask me how I know this.
I also trim off the tips off my quilt corners.  I was finding that my binding was pulling up in the corners and not laying perfectly flat, so I tried this and my binding now lays more evenly.  And finally, I use Clover Wonder Clips to hold down my binding while hand stitching.  I clip one whole side and hand stitch it and move on to the next side.  The clips speed up the hand stitching time, plus they save your gripping hand a whole lot of strain by the time you're done binding the quilt.  I won't ever bind a quilt without them.

Question of the day:  (its a doozey for me)  If you could ask one person, alive or dead, only one question, who would you ask and what would you ask?  Maybe I'd ask Hitler just who he thinks he is.  Or I'd ask Jesus why Judas was picked as a disciple.  Or I'd ask Oprah if I could stay at her Maui home with her for a weekend.  I might ask Steve Jobs if he lived his life the way he wanted when it was cut so short.  One question is not enough.  Thanks, Christa, for inspiring me to ask myself these hard questions.  Your retreat idea led me to search out my own questions.

Have a great week!

1 comment:

  1. Your quilts look incredible!! Your questions gap have surpassed my 5 W's I would have asked my grandma more questions about all the changes she saw through her life