QUILTsocial Issue 17


In this issue is one of the most comprehensive tutorials about Odif products you’ll ever find. See10 must-have Odif adhesive spray products for your quilting space and the purpose of each one for quilted projects. Explore the art of bias tape applique making the Noodle Quilt, it’s a very addictive applique method you might not have thought about. Another addictive form of quilting is crumb quilting making the most of your smaller scraps to make a full quilt! Also included for your quilting pleasure are two more quilts perfect for fall and babies. Stay safe and enjoy the issue!

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10 must-have

Odif adhesive

spray products

for your quilting








tips for bias

tape applique





Crumb quilting:


it all


Social Distancing – the perfect

time for a hexies quilt pattern


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Editor's Letter

There is a kind of comfort brought about by cooler

weather and shorter daylight gearing up for a sense of

hibernation I simply adore. It's butternut squash soup, a

cozy wool sweater and quietly working over a holiday

table runner that makes the notion of the winter season

ahead tolerable. A hush takes over my sewing space

and I rejoice to be able to escape in my thoughts and


This quiet time helps the creative process work its magic

and to come up with solutions to quilting stumbling blocks.

I had been working on a holiday table runner last

December until I came to halt as I contemplated quilting

the contours of these lovely poinsettias by hand or free

motion by machine. And so, it sat there all year until this

moment, where I'm picking it up again and decided to

use free-motion. Sometimes it takes that long to figure it

out, particularly when life gets noisy outside my sewing

space as it did this year.

This is my first shot at free motion quilting, although I'm

following the path of the petals, I think it rather lucky to

have that guide. I've read many tutorials on how to do

free motion quilting, and still it was nerve racking!

But as the colder winds pick up outside, and the leaves

fall, I'm overtaken by a sense of completion calling me

to finish the runner. I coupled the tapestry fabric with

velvet sashing, not easy to sew as it tends to shift; slowly

but surely is the trick. And so, slowly but surely is the

trick to free motion quilting.

Publishing three magazines and daily blog posts,

including QUILTsocial, I'm pressured with deadlines

every day, as you might imagine. But giving myself until

the end of November to finish this runner, is a deadline

I can meet without rushing. Way ahead of schedule

and the only quilting project on the go, I pray for quiet

autumn evenings.

Quiet autumn evenings are also perfect for joining our

sparkling Spectrum QAL 2020! A quilt-a-long like no

other: 12 quilt blocks, 3 designers, 3 fabric collections,

check it out! Get more details and an update on the

completed quilt blocks so far, on page 6.

I hope you find some quiet time this winter to immerse

yourself in a favorite project.

Stay warm, positive and quilt.


I hope this letter

finds you

in good health.


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Update on the Spectrum QAL 2020

10 must-have Odif adhesive spray products for your quilting space

2 essential adhesive sprays make quilting easier: Odif 404 and Odif Grippy

Easy-to-apply Odif 606 Iron-on Adhesive replaces double-sided interfacing

Quilters’ favorite basting spray: Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive

Why, when and how to use Odif OdiCoat and Fabric Protect on your quilts

Brilliant bias tape creations with UNIQUE Bias Maker

Simple steps to bias tape with UNIQUE Bias Tape Maker!

How to draw with bias binding strips on your quilts

Indispensable tips for bias tape applique quilting

A favorite quilt binding technique for a clean finish

Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot Quilting Designs by Melissa Marginet

Falling in love with Banyan Batiks Kayana autumn fabric collection

How to choose a quilt design for fabric too beautiful to cut into

How a short stitch, in quilting, can save the day

The secret to modern quilting using the straight stitch

5 tips to create the best ever quilt binding finish

Crumb quilting: What’s it all about?

Crumb blocks for a wall quilt

How to piece crumb blocks into larger pieces of fabric

Piecing the crumb quilt is easy using the ¼” foot with guide

Brother BQ3050 and its 3 free motion feet

This modern baby quilt steals the show!

Floating stitches on a modern baby quilt makes all the difference

HSTs and piecing a baby quilt top with PFAFF performance icon

Radiant Stitches on the performance icon add joy to a baby quilt

Stippling Stitches on the performance icon add whimsy to a baby quilt

Yo-yos make your quilts complete

Social Distancing – the perfect time for a hexies quilt pattern

OUILTsocial | issue 17 5

Claire's quilt design using

Anthology Fabrics

Little Girl in the Blue Armchair Collection

September 2020 to April 2021

Join us!


Elaine's quilt design using

Riley Blake Designs

Blue Stitch Collection

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Little Girl in the Blue Armchair

Wave Texture Collection

Paul's quilt design using

Benartex Fabrics

Wave Texture Collection

Blue Stitch Collection




This QAL is not your

typical QAL, it’s

far more exciting

and gives you the

flexibility to design

your own finished

quilt! Claire had

a gorgeous quilt

pattern waiting

in the wings for a

long time for the

right time - NOW!

Claire’s design is

the original quilt

pattern with a total

of 12 sparkling

blocks. Elaine and

Paul will be making

the same blocks

using other fabric

lines and arranging

them to create

totally different

quilts. Aren’t you

curious to see how

the same 12 blocks

will give 3 totally

different quilts?

Read on!

These are the first 4 spectacular quilt blocks of this QAL in the 3 highlighted fabrics.

Click on the block to get the piecing instructions and valuable tips to make your

quilt blocks exceptional!

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4

Join us!

We are so excited about this QAL we want to know what your QAL

2020 blocks look like too!

Share your photos on your IG page and add #TheSewGoesOn.

OUILTsocial | issue 17 7

10 must-have


adhesive spray


for your quilting

space Paul Léger

The 10 Odif products being featured in this series

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Odif 808 Paper Pattern Adhesive

Frosty the snowman enjoying a snowflake 19” x 16½”

Odif adhesive spray products are very useful in creating

cherished quilts. In this series of articles I'll explain the

purpose for each one and why it's important to have

these in your quilting space.

For many of you, the name Odif may not ring a bell, but if

I say 505 basting spray, I’m sure many of you know what

I’m talking about.

Well, Odif is the company that makes our much loved

505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive (basting spray). Odif also

makes many other labor-saving products I was unaware

even existed 24 months ago! Since I found out about

these new products, I’ve made it my mission to learn

more about each and discover how they can bring

even more joy to our quilting lives. Over the next 5

articles, I’ll demonstrate and explain the many uses of

10 Odif products.

Winter’s due to arrive in just over a month from now, so

I decided to make a little applique winter scene using

most of the available Odif products.


• 14” x 19” blue fabric for sky

• 10” x 19” white for ground and snowman (ground

piece is 3” x 19”)

• 8” x 8” black for hat, mouth, eyes and buttons

• 2” x 4” red for hat band

• 2” x 4” orange for nose

• (2) 2½” strips for binding

• fat quarter for backing

Click the link to download Frosty Winter Scene templates.

I’ll share different methods. As in all methods and

techniques, once you’ve seen the demos, pick the one

you prefer, but it wouldn’t hurt to try them all first.

Let’s start by looking at Odif 808 Paper Pattern Adhesive

spray, 808 for short.

Photos by Paul Léger

In case you’re wondering what a paper

pattern adhesive does, read on!

After I spray the 808 onto paper, the

paper will stick to the fabric when heat is

applied to the reverse side of the paper.

Essentially, I’m making homemade

freezer type paper. No more rolls of

freezer paper, no more fitting to rip it

from the box.

I’ll show 2 ways to use Odif 808 spray for

this project.

1. When there are several pattern pieces

to cut from one variety of fabric, 808

is very handy for raw-edge applique.

• Spray the 808 on the sheet of

pattern paper from a distance of

about 6”.

2. The second way to use 808 is for

applique. This time, it’s for turnededge


Frosty’s head and body applied

to fabric

• Cut out the shape needed and

spray the shape.

• Place the sprayed piece of paper

on the fabric and press to make

it adhere.

• Cut around the shape; I like to

leave about ¼” extra around

the edge.

Preparing Frosty’s nose for turned-edge applique

Normally, at this time I’d turn the fabric’s

edge around the paper applique shape

and baste it into place. But, before I do,

I’d like to show another Odif product

that will make the task easier.

Note: When dry, 808 will not be sticky but

the paper can be reused. To reactivate,

simply reapply heat as you would with

freezer paper. It’s that easy!

Odif Fabric Booster is a great help with

applique. Use Fabric Booster as a


Most starch or

sizing sprays

I’ve used in the

past are either

too light or too

heavy. You have

the ability with

Fabric Booster to

use it as a starch

or sizing, you

decide from this

one spray how

much or how

little to use.

Like the 808,

there are two

ways to use the

Fabric Booster.

The first method consists of spraying the

entire piece of fabric with Fabric Booster.

TIP You might want to use a box or

container large enough to hold the

piece of fabric in order to prevent

spraying it ems you don’t want to spray!

Allow the fabric to air dry according to

the directions on the Odif Fabric Booster

can. In step 1 of the 808 demo here I

used this method.

Note: Clean the nozzle opening after

each use.

Dampen the fabric by spraying Odif Fabric Booster.

The second method will come in handy

for doing turned-edge applique. Earlier,

I placed the paper template onto the

fabric and then trimmed around it. Odif

Fabric Booster spray container is a screwon


• Remove the cap from the Fabric

Booster container and pour a small

quantity of Fabric Booster into a

small container. The lid of one of

the Odif cans works great.

• Using a cotton swab, moisten the

edge of the fabric.

Odif Fabric Booster applied around the edge of

the fabric

After the Fabric Booster has been

applied to the fabric, fold the fabric over

the paper shape and press it dry. (Check

out the handy Go Iron! It’s perfect for

this use!!)

Turn edge of fabric over the paper and press with

an iron to create shape. (Check out the handy Go

Iron! It’s perfect for this use!!)

With the help of Odif 808 and Odif Fabric

Booster sprays, I’ve demonstrated some

methods to use for applique. Believe

me when I say there are a lot more uses

for these great products! Odif 808 can

be used with plants, cardboard, plastic,

drawing sheet and non-fusible stabilizers

while Odif Fabric Booster can be used

with felt, ribbons, lace, embroidery and

wools. These are truly versatile products!

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2 essential adhesive sprays make quilting easier:

Odif 404 and Odif Grippy

Odif 404 Repositionable Craft Adhesive and Odif

Grippy Non-slip Coating

Spray pieces with Odif 404 and wait 30 seconds

for adhesive to cure.

Frosty parts are placed and adjusted as needed

The next two great Odif products I'd

like to share are: 404 Repositionable Craft

Adhesive and Grippy Non-slip Coating.

I’ll start with the Odif 404 Repositionable

Craft Adhesive (404 for short). When I first

found out about 404, I was transported

back to 1985 when Post-it notes made

their debut in my life. The link between

these products is simple. The 404 spray

makes paper, stencils, plastics, and

stabilizers repositionable just like Post-it

notes. No more picking up pieces of

fabric that fell to the floor from your

design wall.

In my previous article, I used Odif 808

spray to temporarily place paper backings

onto my applique fabric pieces. Here, with

the paper still in place, I applied:

• Place the fabric pieces face down

on a protected surface.

• Spray the applique pieces from a

distance of about 8” using Odif 404.

TIP Remember 404 is repositionable, if

I’m not happy with where the piece is

placed I can move it to another spot.

I sprayed Frosty’s parts, then I played

with the placement of each piece.

It’s so easy!

Now, there’s a bit more good news here.

Should you have removed the paper

from the back of an applique piece

before spraying or if you’re working on

a collage project for which you’re not

using paper backings, you can use 404

directly on the fabric and it will still be

‘repositionable’, just like a Post-it note.

The other product I want to introduce

here is Odif Grippy Non-slip Coating

(Grippy for short). If you thought I was

excited about 404, you ain’t seen nothing

yet! I’m just as excited about Grippy.

We all have plastic rulers and templates

which probably slip around on our

fabrics just as we’re trying to cut.

Odif Grippy is the solution!

In the last few years, companies have

come up with great product options to

use with rulers but nothing for plastic

templates. Grippy is the solution for both

rulers and plastic templates, all in one


Here’s what you do:

• Place your ruler or template face

down on a protected surface;

• From a distance of about 8”, spray a

thin layer of Grippy onto the back

of the ruler or template and allow

to dry;

• Enjoy slip-free rulers and templates!

TIP When sprayed, Grippy appears

slightly white but will dry translucent.

The use of Grippy is not limited to rulers

and templates. It can also be used with

stencils, plastic template sheets, etc.

Bonus! For those of you who have

difficulties with clothing sliding off of

hangers, you can also use it on hangers!

Note: Should you ever need to

remove Grippy from your rulers

and templates you can do so with

another great Odif product: DK5

Adhesive Cleaner.

Use Odif Grippy Non-slip Coating to enjoy slipfree

rulers and templates!

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Odif Grippy Non-slip Coating will dry translucent.

Easy-to-apply Odif 606 Iron-on Adhesive

replaces double-sided interfacing

Onto two more products from Odif to

make your quilting and crafting life easier.

When working on a project, there are

lots of great tools and products to use

to help us achieve the desired result.

While working on an applique quilt like

the cute one I’m working on here, the

Odif line of products comes in especially


Every quilter has preferred techniques.

For instance, when doing raw edge

applique, I often use double-sided

interfacing to stabilize and fuse; perhaps

you do too!

Now you can get the same result you get

with double-sided interfacing by using

an easy-to-apply spray! Odif 606 Ironon

Adhesive and Odif DK5 Glue Remover

products do exactly that!

As I demonstrated with the 404 and

the 808 sprays, these sprays are not

permanent. The 404 allows you to

reposition fabrics while deciding where

to place applique pieces. Odif 808 allows

you to make a reusable paper template

which can be used over and over again.

Reduce, reuse, recycle!

Using two-sided stabilizer is the

conventional way to do many applique

methods. With stabilizer, there’s always

the risk of getting glue on your project.

With 606 this will not be an issue.

Using 606 spray is simple. Once the

desired shape is cut from the fabric:

Spray 606 evenly in short spritzes onto

the wrong side of the fabric.

TIP Ensure the edges are also sprayed.

Place the applique shape, sprayed side

down, onto the desired location of your

project. Getting some glue on the iron is

always a risk when pressing any fusible

item. I recommend you use parchment

paper or a Heirloom Non-Stick Teflon

Applique Mat between the iron’s

soleplate and the item you’re pressing to

prevent such a mess.

Using high heat, press for 30 to 45

seconds. Follow the product’s directions

for the best results.

I’m using Odif 606 on Frosty’s eyes and

on the snowflake. Once I’ve placed the

applique pieces in their proper spots, I

like to stitch around the different shapes

to secure them to the quilt top.

The second Odif product I’ll show you is

Odif DK5 Glue Remover.

Anytime you use adhesive sprays there’s

always a risk of over-spraying; which

can be difficult to clean. What to do?

Enter DK5!

What’s DK5? It’s a cleaning agent that’s

perfect for getting tacky residue off of

your unintentionally adhesive-sprayed

tools and surfaces. I’ve yet to find a

product that can do what DK5 can. This is

another must-have Odif product given all

of the adhesive sprays we’ve been using.

Simply spray DK5 onto the surface to

be cleaned, wait 30-60 seconds, then

wipe with a clean rag to clear away any

adhesive spray residue!

In the photo below, I removed half of the

Grippy I sprayed on the template.

A template ruler partially cleaned with Odif DK5

Glue Remover.

It’s important to shed light on these

essential quilting tools which can be used

for other crafts. Odif 606 Iron-on Adhesive

and Odif DK5 Glue Remover I showcased

are handy in your quilting space.

Odif 606 Iron-on Adhesive & Odif DK5 Glue Remover

Spray Odif 606 Iron-on Adhesive on the back

of fabric.

Using a Heirloom Non-Stick Teflon Applique Mat

apply heat for 30-45 seconds

The Frosty scene is ready for an applique stitch

around every piece.

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Quilters’ favorite basting spray:

Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive

Odif AntiStatic and Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive sprays

Now I’ll introduce (or reintroduce for some of you), Odif

505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive spray (505 for short) and

Odif AntiStatic Anti-static electricity spray.

Odif 505 is a product I’ve been using for years. Over those

years, I’ve learned a few things about how to make the

best use of it.

The first thing I learned was always to use 505 when

it comes to basting sprays. I’ve tried others and they

were awful. I remember one, in particular, was so bad

everything was sticking to everything else and not in

a good basting way. I’m not one to throw things away

when they still have some useful life in them, but I did in

this case! It went directly into the recycling bin. All I can

say is 505 is the only basting spray you should use.

The first step when using 505 to baste, is to secure the

quilt’s backing fabric.

TIP Normally, I tape the backing fabric to the floor.

Second, I place the batting onto the backing fabric before

applying the 505.

Third, after the batting is in place, I roll half of it down,

spray the backing fabric and carefully place the batting

onto the backing, ensuring there are no bumps or


SafetyNote: Remember, with all spray products, only use

them in a well-ventilated space.

Fold batting half way down backing

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A mistake many 505 users make is to spray very slowly too close

to the fabric. Find a medium speed with which to apply the

basting spray and spray from a distance of approximately 12”.

Now, the winter applique quilt is basted and ready to be quilted.

Frosty is basted and ready to be quilted.

From a distance of about 12'', spray 505 on the backing fabric

After the first half of the batting has been spray-basted, I repeat

the process on the second half. With the batting secured to the

backing, I’ll repeat the process for the quilt top by applying the

505 on its wrong side.

From a distance of about 12'', spray 505 on the

backing fabric

Spray 505 on the back of quilt top then fold onto the batting.

Corners–don’t cut them! Often when applying the 505 basting

spray, somehow the corners get missed. When we notice the

missed corners, we try to fix it by giving only a quick spray 2”-3”

over the missed area. Doing that will only result in a glob of

glue messing up your work.

It’s important to spray the missed corners evenly from 12” away

to prevent such a mess. Don’t worry about spraying beyond

the area you need to cover, Odif DK5 Glue Remover will help you

remove the excess.

Another great use for Odif 505 is it can also be used for machine

embroidery. Hoop the stabilizer only, apply a thin layer of 505

to the stabilizer, then apply the fabric on top of the stabilizer.

You do not need to hoop the fabric. You’re ready to let your

machine do its thing!

Odif 505 spray is available in two sizes:

• a nice, economical 156g

• a larger 312g size

Note: I asked the Odif company about the care instructions on

the 505 label. The directions should read that fabrics treated with

505 may be either machine washed or dry cleaned. The 505 new

product labels will be changed to reflect this care statement.

When I first saw Odif AntiStatic spray, I wondered why quilters

would want to add it to their tool collection. Then, it occurred

to me some quilters use poly/cotton or polyester battings,

while others use synthetic fabrics in the quilts. I’ve yet to find

an anti-static spray created with quilts in mind, AntiStatic is that


Both polyester batting and synthetic fabrics could interact and

generate static electricity. When this happens, a good anti-static

electricity spray is suggested. Years ago, when I first heard of

anti-static sprays, I thought you sprayed the fabric item with

them without concern for distance, but that’s not the whole

story. Yes, you spray the items, but do so from a distance of

approximately 8” for best results.

A small spritz will go a long way to get rid of the static electricity

on your quilts and other items that may be subject to static


OUILTsocial | issue 17 13

Why, when and how

to use

Odif OdiCoat and Fabric Protect

on your quilts

Apply OdiCoat with the OdiCoat card.

Odif OdiCoat and Odif Fabric Protect

Last, but not least, I’ll showcase Odif Fabric Protect and Odif

OdiCoat products.

Most of us have experienced having quilt colors fade when left

on a bed that’s exposed to too many UV rays. This has been a

never-ending problem with quilts made of 100% cotton fabrics.

Odif Fabric Protect has quilters and fabric artists in mind, all other

products I’m aware of are designed for upholstered furniture.

No longer! Enter Odif Fabric Protect!

Odif Fabric Protect will protect quilts against:

• harmful UV rays

• spills

• dust

• dirt

Apply Odif Fabric Protect using a sweeping motion while

spraying your quilt or project from a distance of 6” to ensure the

fabric of your project or quilt is well coated.

TIP If you wash your quilt, you’ll need to apply a new coating of

Fabric Protect. You should do this on a regular, 3 month cycle.

Odif Fabric Protect is great for protecting quilts AND it can also

be used on all fabric-related projects, including upholstery!

Now, let’s look at Odif OdiCoat.

I’m sure you’re all curious to know what this product actually does.

OdiCoat will render your fabric projects waterproof! Yes, you

read that correctly! OdiCoat not only waterproofs, it’s also easy

to use! I’m not aware of any other product that have been

produced to be used at home to waterproof fabrics you own.

To apply OdiCoat, use the OdiCoat card or an expired gift card

or plastic hotel key in a pinch.

Scoop some gel from the OdiCoat container using the card and

spread in a thin layer onto the fabric. Ensure the gel has penetrated

the fabric, then let the first coat dry for 30 to 60 minutes.

When the first coat is dry, apply a second coat and let it dry for

a full 24 hours.

Press your project after the OdiCoat has dried, you’ll need

to protect your iron’s soleplate by using parchment paper

between the fabric and the iron.

Some other objects you may wish to apply OdiCoat to include:

• the underside of cloth bags

• lunch bags (if all the contents are wrapped and sealed)

• outdoor table centerpieces

Guess what? Unlike Fabric Protect, there’s no need to reapply

OdiCoat after washing!

Note: A new label is being designed to indicate that OdiCoat is for

waterproofing fabrics.

During this series of articles, I shared a brief description of some

of the benefits and uses of these Odif product. Go to your local

quilt store and get them. You will love them, I sure do!

Paul Léger


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Brilliant bias tape

creations with

UNIQUE Bias Maker

Tania Denyer

The image I drew to recreate in bias tape applique

HeatnBond Adhesive Tape comes in a variety of sizes for

bias tape projects

2015 QuiltCon winner

CPU by Katherine Jones of Tasmania, Australia

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Three sizes of UNIQUE Bias Maker ready to go!

I have been quilting for many years

now so I have seen more than a few

trends take place. I remember when I

started quilting, Celtic knotwork was

very popular and I took a class to make a

sampler quilt using this technique, I still

have it. I remember making the bias tape

was tricky but once I got the hang of it,

everything went smoothly.

If you look back at any of my earlier

QUILTsocial posts, you will see how much

fun I like to have with applique and this

feature is no different. I like to show how

you can play with your quilting and even

if you don’t make the project exactly as I

have done, hopefully, I’ll give you some

ideas of how to play on your own!

So when deciding what I could share

here on QUILTsocial, I remembered those

bias tape makers. I went to Pinterest, as I

do, and found out the modern quilting

movement has also rediscovered bias

applique and there are some pretty

incredible creations being made with an

old and familiar quilt tool. There is even

an online beginner quilt class showing

the simple, graphic designs that can

make with bias binding.

In 2015 QuiltCon held a Bias Tape

Quilting Challenge and the results were

pretty spectacular. This is a picture of the

first place quilt, CPU by Katherine Jones

of Tasmania, Australia. I was completely

inspired. Bias tape has so many uses

beyond the traditional ones and I hope

to encourage you to find your bias tape

maker or purchase a new UNIQUE Bias

Maker and get started making some

creative designs!

After seeing all these amazing quilts, I

thought it would be fun to reacquaint

myself with the bias tape maker. I

decided to start with the UNIQUE Bias

Maker. I picked sizes 9mm, 12mm and

25mm. UNIQUE bias makers are simply

designed and easy to use. The plastic

handle keeps fingers well away from the

hot iron needed to create a crisp bias

tape edge.

I also picked up some HeatnBond Lite

Iron-on adhesive as I wanted to use in my

creation. You can choose to make the

bias tape and add the fusible web at the

same time if you like. I thought my bias

tape skills were probably a bit rusty after

all these years and wanted to take it easy.

I’ll be honest, creating bias tape can be

tricky but as long as you take it slow and

follow the instructions (and have a nice

hot iron) you’ll be making reams of bias

tape in no time, I know I did.

When deciding what pattern you would

like to create, there’s no limit. Think of it

this way, a strip of bias tape is the same

as any other line, you can quite literally

draw with bias tape. Look around on

Pinterest for ideas and anywhere else

you like to find inspiration. I ended up

drawing an image of what I thought I

could achieve with bias tape… noodles

of course! This is my initial drawing.

Remember to keep it simple. I had to

make some small changes to the design

from the picture, what I want the bias

tape to do and what it decides to do are

two different things!

Once you have decided on an image,

pick your colors. Bias tape works

particularly well with solid fabrics but you

may choose whatever you like as long as

the fabric is good quality.

Photos by Tania Denyer

I’ll go through how to make bias tape step by step,

with some tips and tricks I learned as I go along.

Let’s make some noodles!

material for creating bias tape

1. iron

2. ironing surface

3. pins

4. fabric, cut into required width

5. patience

Cut fabrics into the correct width for the bias tape

maker you’re using. I chose to cut fabric on the bias

but it’s not strictly necessary. The more wavy lines in

your design, the more you want to call on the fabric

to move, this is where a bias cut tape will help.

I used the 9mm size UNIQUE Bias Maker. I cut my

strips into ¾” lengths. Test the first cut strip before

making more to make sure it’s the right width.

You may also piece your lengths into one continuous

strip but I found the joining seams do not move

easily through the bias maker and can cause some

frustration so if this process is new to you, eliminate

that step.

With all the UNIQUE Bias Makers, the instructions are

on the packaging but the steps following have extra

hints and tips I’ve learned.

1. Cut ¾” strips on the bias (for the 9mm size

bias maker)

2. Cut the end of the bias strip at an angle to feed

through the bias maker

3. Use a hot iron

4. Using a seam ripper or stiletto push the cut

fabric through until the end pokes out

5. Gently pull the edge through, about ½”, this

may take some adjusting to get the fold just

right, be patient

6. Iron the starting end

7. Pin end to ironing surface

8. Continue pressing letting the iron tip push the

bias tape maker

9. It helps to pull slightly on the fabric strip as it

enters the bias maker, the tension on the fabric

strip helps to create a crisp fold

10. Press the entire length of the strip

11. Roll the bias tape to keep the fold if not using

right away

Make a variety of colors and sizes for your project and

as you make more, the process will become easier.

You can roll your bias tape if you wish, I find it keeps

its fold longer if I’m not appliqueing it straight away.

Simple steps

to bias tape with

UNIQUE Bias Tape Maker!

Noodle fabric cut into ¾” bias strips

Pin the pressed end of the bias tape to ironing surface

Keep bias tape rolled if not using it right away

Pull the fabric through about ½” to 1'' to get

the folding action started

Keep fabric strip taut as it moves through

the bias maker

Click to download PDF Pattern

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Some tips on how to applique bias strips

How to draw with

bias binding strips

on your quilts


Take your time stitching bias strips in place

A closer look at the lettering, you can see the

stitching best on the ‘S’

Showing different ways to finish off bias strip ends.


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The next step in the noodle quilt is

drawing with bias binding strips.

1. Make the background piece at least

2'' larger all around than you want

your final piece to be. This allows for

wiggle room while sewing the bias

strips down. If you are making your

own noodle bowl wall hanging you’ll

use a ½ yard of bright red fabric.

2. Press the background in half and half

again to get a cross-crease to help

position the pieces.

3. Decide which line will be the first and

pin it down. Use a lot of pins and ease

the curves with your fingers. Don’t

worry too much, a lot of the crinkle

will be erased as it’s sewn down.

4. Take the piece to the sewing

machine and sew the inside edge of

the bias strip down first. Often the

bias strip will lay flat easier when

you start with sewing the inner

edge down.

5. Take to the iron and press from both

sides, front and back.

6. Sew the outside edge of the bias tape.

7. Press again.

8. Continue with this process until your

image is complete.

You may transfer the drawn image

directly onto the background fabric if

you prefer. Remember the bias tape

won’t always behave exactly as wanted

so use a light pencil or other removable

marks in case the bias tape does not

completely cover up the lines.

I chose to keep a copy of my design

handy so I could compose the lines as I

went. You can be as spontaneous or as

planned as you prefer, this is your art!

When I applique, I choose to use

my walking or my even feed foot. It

allows for a flatter finished stitch and

less bunching and stretching of the

background fabric.

For my design, I lay down 4 of the

noodles first, then add the chop sticks,

two more noodles, bowl and finally the


If you’re making a noodle bowl of your

own, the chopsticks are approximately

12'' long, the letters are about 2'' square

when complete and the black strips

below the bowl are 14'', 8'' and 8''.

I did not use HeatnBond Lite Iron-on

adhesive on the back of the noodles as

they were fairly easy to create, but I did

use HeatnBond on the letters to keep

them in place as I sewed them down.

HeatnBond Lite Iron-on adhesive is a

good tool, use it carefully and remember

you can’t easily move the bias tape once

it’s fused in place.

When sewing, it’s easiest to change the

thread color with each color of bias tape

you sew. If you keep the bobbin thread

the same, you avoid the pop-ups that

happened in my work. (I used red as my

bobbin thread for all colors).

To complete the ends of the bias tape

you have a couple of options:

• Fold the bias tape over to make a

squared end and sew down.

• Fold the bias tape at a 45 degree

angle, sew all edges and trim the


Last picture is an example of each.

Indispensable tips

for bias tape

applique quilting

Let's discuss how to quilt the applique piece.

It can be a bit intimidating to decide how to quilt your work

after you have put in so much effort in the applique. I let the

piece tell me how to quilt it, this is my process…

I always use a walking or an even feed foot… always. It makes

all the difference to have all layers of your quilted project

feeding through your machine evenly. I pick a longer stitch for

machine quilting because the needle is going through three

layers, you need the length to create an even and visible stitch.

I work from the inside out. I start by quilting between the

noodles and every two or three quilting lines I stitch, I check the

back to make sure it’s smooth.

I then stitch outside the noodles to the edge of the quilt. I didn’t

go above the chopsticks or below the bowl. I like to work in

sections to minimize any chance of bunching, particularly on

the back.

Next I stitch the bowl.

Then I work on the top above the chopsticks and below the

bowl, still working as much as possible from the outside in.

TIP Keep the quilting in the same direction. I work from the

top down. When switching directions, the fabric is pushed in

two different directions causing ripples on the front and often

puckers in the back.

I change thread color depending on the background, in this

case I used red and black. I kept the design simple and made

sure there was an even amount of quilting over the entire piece.

TIP Stop quilting every so often, press your work and hold it up

to make sure it’s hanging as evenly as possible. Quilts are fabric,

so not meant to be perfectly straight like a sheet of paper but

you’ll be able to keep distortion in check with this practice.

Enjoy the process and take your time.

Close up of background quilting in red thread

I quilted around the applique rather than over it.


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A favorite




for a

clean finish

Step 1: open your binding strips and press your

binding strip end at a 45° angle

Step 2: fold the binding back up and press again

Now I’m giving instructions on how to

complete your piece of art to hang on

the wall. The following is my preferred

technique for binding.

To make the binding, cut strips at 2½”

wide x the width of the chosen binding

fabric (approximately 42'' on average).

Sew strips together at a 45° angle. Press

seams and trim.

Press length of binding in half and make

a 45° cut and fold at the start of the

binding, as shown here.

Step 3: trim away the excess leaving about ¼” seam

Stitch machine binding on the back of quilted project,

following the binding edge as closely as possible.

Now for the hanging sleeve, cut a length

of background fabric 3'' x the width of

your quilt. Press sides in and bottom-up.

Pin to the top edge of your quilt before

adding the binding and pin in place. I

was able to create my hanging sleeve

from the finished edge of the fabric so

I didn’t need to fold the bottom edge


Make sure the hanging sleeve is flat

against the back of the quilt as you sew

on the binding.

Remember to consider the binding and

background colors when threading your

machine to bind. I had a black thread in

the top and a red thread in the bobbin,

because my binding is black and my

background fabric (on the quilt front) is


Begin the binding at a few inches away

from a lower corner and a few inches

past where the binding begins. Stitch

all the way around making miters in

the corners and when you come to the

end/beginning of the binding strip, tuck

them together.



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Take the quilt to the ironing board and from the front, press the

binding to help it flip over to the back.

Fold the binding to the back and pin in a few spots. Machine

stitch from the back. If you keep just to the edge of the binding,

the seam will nestle just beside the binding on the front.

Press your project and hang it on the wall. Art can be made of

fabric too. Now that you have the skills to create bias binding

with the Unique Bias Maker, look for images and ways to draw

with it again.

It’s been fun sharing my process with you. Please connect on

Instagram @iamgingerq so I can see what you create.

Until next time…

With practice, the stitch line of machine binding will nestle beside the binding

on the front.

Noodle Bowl Art! With UNIQUE Bias Makers, anything is possible.

Tania Denyer


A close up showing the front and the back of machine-finished binding… it’s



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Falling in love with

Banyan Batiks Kayana

autumn fabric collection

Refer to photo when cutting the six 6½” squares

in each distinctive colorway.

Claire Haillot

Falling in love with Kayana Autumn Collection from Banyan Batiks

The main piece of the collection features the color range of the complete collection in a masterful way.

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If fall is your most favorite season,

you'll love this project as it features the

Kayana collection from Banyan Batiks

which highlights the awesome autumn

colorway. It’s the perfect weekend

project you can make, no matter your

skill level, and gift without breaking

your heart.

The secret to this easy project is the

beautiful masterpiece #80296-25 from

the Kayana Autumn collection as its

color changes from one selvage to the

other. It’s the perfect key element for the

pattern I have in mind.


• 1½ yds #80296-25 from the Kayana

Autumn collection for the top and


• 1⁄8 yd each of 6 coordinating fabrics

from the Kayana Autumn collection

• 26” x 38” batting

This makes a 24” x 36” quilted throw.

cutting instructions

Main fabric

• Cut one 12½” piece (D) (ensure this is

cut from selvage to selvage)

• Cut one 6½” WOF strip

» subcut into six 6½” squares (C)

(ensure the blocks are made with

each distinctive colorway: one

beige, two pink, one brown and

two brown/black) Refer to photo

to see color blocks.

Coordinating fabrics

• Cut one 2½” WOF strip from each

coordinating fabric

» subcut into two 2½” x 6½”

rectangles (A) and three 2½”

squares (B)

How to choose a quilt

design for fabric too

beautiful to cut into

That’s one thing I truly love about this Kayana collection. Not

only are the various fabrics beautiful on their own. But! The

main piece featuring a gradation in the colorway from selvage

to selvage is absolutely fabulous. Seeing this kind of fabric can

sometimes overwhelm us as quilters.

So that’s why I decided to come up with an easy design giving

the fabric front and center stage. We automatically think that

the fabric is so beautiful that we couldn’t dare cut it. But this

project is quite the opposite. At first there’s a huge piece that

keeps the gradation levels as is. And then using some squares

that have been fussy cut out of sections of the fabric to make

solid – ish squares to use inside the project.

Intimidating no more!

Now that all the pieces are cut, let’s get right into making the

main six blocks.

Grab all the A and B pieces and arrange to form six blocks with

your favorite color arrangement. Ensure that the color variation

is strong enough to actually see the design of the blocks.

Ready to begin this beautiful table runner project that can be done in a


Begin by sewing two B squares together, pressing the seams toward the

darker fabric.

Then sew the third B square to the piece, again pressing the seams toward

the darker fabric.

Grab all the A and B pieces and arrange to form six blocks while ensuring that

the color variation is strong enough to actually see the design of the blocks.

Now sew the three B squares together as established in the

arrangement. Begin by sewing two B squares together, pressing

the seams toward the darker fabric.

Then sew the third B square to the piece, again pressing the

seams toward the darker fabric.

Great work! See how easy it is to enjoy playing with the

beautiful fabrics of Banyan Batiks Kayana Autumn Collection

without feeling intimidated or overwhelmed!

Sew the A rectangles on each side of the pieces ensuring the right color


Photos by Claire Haillot

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Kayana Autumn Collection transformed into a

beautiful table runner for any occasion.

I’ll show my foolproof trick: the short

stitch that saves the day.

So now I have six blocks. I also have

cut out six solid blocks from the main

fabric piece. It’s now time to play with

the positioning of the blocks to make

the project. You may notice this pattern

isn’t like my typical projects. That’s

because I really want you to play with

the colors and design to your liking, just

like the fall foliage is different from one

tree to another, this project can also be

transformed to feature the colors the

way you want it.

I took my blocks and main fabric and

played with the disposition on my design

wall. Here are the two combinations that

caught my attention. Keep in mind that I

had only two days to make the project! I

personally like symmetrical placements

and opted for the second design as shown

in the pictures. I found that the light beige

block positioned on the near center edge

of the table runner made the eye rest and

move seemingly through the design.

Once again, you can opt for another way.

Once the design is chosen, it’s time to

sew the blocks 2 x 2.

Sew the 2 x 2 blocks together. And I’ll

give you my little trick to sew them

together while keeping the seams

perfectly aligned.

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How a short stitch, in quilting,

can save the day

Design combination 1

Design combination 2: my fave!

Sewing the blocks 2 x 2

Remove the piece from the machine and look to

ensure that the seams are perfectly aligned.

Seams positioned to reduce bulk

How the short stitch saves the day

Step 1

Align the seams one

against the other

right sides together,

ensuring that they

are not overlapping

or leaving the tiniest Step 1

gap in between.

Step 2

Position the piece

under a ¼” foot

positioning the

needle ¼” before the

center seam. This is

when the lines on Step 2

the foot can be pretty useful.

Step 3

Stitch along until

reaching ¼” past the

center seam. Now

remove the piece

from the machine

and look to ensure Step 3

that the seams are

perfectly aligned. If satisfied, sew the

two blocks together and continue in the

same manner for all the other blocks.

Although for this project, I simply short

stitched all the blocks together and then

I sewed all of them together.

Ironing out the seams

The last trick I want to show is how I iron

the seams on the back. For this project,

it’s pretty simple as I simply ensure all

of the seams are going in the same

direction. You’ll notice that one of the

four is heading in the opposite direction,

simply turn that one and magically see a

mini four patch on the back side.

You can use that trick for each

connecting block. It works!

Now all that’s left to do is to stitch the

main piece onto the edge of my piece.

The final piece top should now measure

24½’’ x 36½’’ and be perfectly aligned as

you’ve used my short stitch trick that

saves the day.

The secret to modern

quilting using the

straight stitch

A simple yet elegant straight stitch with a solid beige color thread

As time was the essence for this project, I wanted to finish

making the table runner in two days, so for quilting, I opted for

a simple yet elegant straight line stitch with a solid beige color

thread. The use of the beige color quilting thread was perfect

again to show off the beautiful Kayana Autumn Color fabrics

from Banyan Batiks.

Here's the secret to a straight stitch.

In order to ensure

I would not create

any distortions while

quilting, I started

to quilt my first line

in the center of

the piece. I don’t

like to stitch in the

ditch, so I align

1⁄8” – ¼” alongside of

the center seam, it

helped me to keep

a straight line and

when quilting the

main theme fabric, I

simply followed the

straight line. It’s ok to

use a white fineliner

to mark the first

line with a ruler if it

would make you feel

more secure.

I started to quilt my first line in the center of

the piece

Using my foot to determine length between

quilting lines

Once the initial line

is stitched, I need

to stitch along each

side going in the

opposite direction.

Meaning starting

from the main theme

fabric to the block

section. I simply used

the length of my ¼” I used my rulers to square off the piece perfectly.

foot to align my next

stitch… like I said, I was in a hurry to finish this table runner.

Once those two lines were quilted, I stitched along each side

once again starting from the block sections back to the main

theme fabric. Basically, I repeated the same alternating direction

quilting until the top

was all quilted.

The next step was to

cut off all the excess

backing and batting.

I used my rulers to

do so aligning with

the seams from my

block to ensure I

squared off the piece


Close up of ruler aligning to seams of the table

runner for perfect squaring off

I hope you enjoyed

learning my secret to a perfect straight stitch to show off the

beautiful Kayana Autumn Color fabrics from Banyan Batiks.

Keep reading, I’ll show how I made the binding with alternating

fabric for a perfect finish.

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5 tips to create the best ever

quilt binding finish

5 tips to create the best ever binding finish

Setting the binding for best visual impact

I want to share my 5 tips to create the best ever binding finish. This project, made with

the beautiful Kayana Autumn Collection by Banyan Batiks is the perfect example of how

you can play with the fabric in your binding to get the final touch just right in your

table runner.

I usually make a binding by adding the strips at an angle so that it’s virtually impossible

to determine where the binding process actually began. But I wanted it to be different

for this piece as I had a beautiful corner block showing off a light fabric along with the

main piece that changed color along the way. So I needed the binding to showcase

the same changes.

TIP 1: Length of binding

Now for the record, I always cut my binding strips at 2¼” and fold in half so that I have

a double layer binding to ensure longevity. For this project, I started by picking the

fabrics and setting them beside the table runner in order to determine which should

go where for a better visual impact.

Once I had determined which strip went where, I was able to see which needed to

be joined at an angle and which needed to be joined in a straight line. Usually, I don’t

recommend joining the strips end to end as the joining area will be bulkier. But the

visual impact of adding a light fabric binding edge along the corner block area on this

piece outweighed the bulkiness.

TIP 2: Joining strips at a 45° angle

I still joined all the other pieces at a 45° angle and sewed them to the table runner

before making that corner. Here are the steps:

• Lay the two ends that are to be joined, with right sides together, at a 90° angle. I

usually ensure that they overlap each other so that I can clearly see the corners.

• Sew corner to corner across. Look closely at the picture to ensure you’re sewing on

the correct angle.

• Cut off the excess fabric, open the seams, and press with an iron.

Repeat to join all the binding strips, with the exception of the light colored binding.

Fold the strip in half lengthwise and iron the fold.

Begin stitching on the top side of the table runner. Now you’ll want to sew the strip

clockwise, so start about 6” – 8” from the edge of the light colored block and sew all

the way until you reach 6” – 8” from the other edge of the light colored block.

Joining binding at an angle

Cut off excess and pressing the seams open

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TIP 3: Handling corners

Stop sewing at a ¼” from the actual

corner, leaving the needle down in the

table runner.

Rotate the table runner to sew out to the

corner edge.

Take the loose end of your binding and

fold away from the table runner, using

the seam you just made sewing to the

edge of the corner.

Take the long end of the binding once

more and fold it back so that the raw

edge of the binding lines up with the

raw edge of the next section of the

table runner.

Begin sewing from the corner edge.

Stop sewing at a ¼” from the actual corner, leaving

the needle down in the table runner. Then rotate

the table runner to sew out to the corner edge.

TIP 4: Aligning binding to

table runner

Align the binding to the side of the

table runner and overlap the other

binding edge.

I like to use the Omnigrid Marking Ruler

to make this part. I set the center of the

ruler on the seam of the block and I then

mark the ¼” seam along each binding.

Ensure the mark is in excess on the right

side. Cut on the mark and sew binding

edge to edge. Then sew the binding to

the edge of the table runner.

TIP 5: Quick and easy finish

Here’s my final trick that I just love when

I’m in a hurry to finish a project and really

want a perfect binding finish.

I use ¼” HeatnBond Quilter’s Edge Iron-

On Adhesive Tape on the edge of the

back of the table runner and position

the edge of the binding over the tape

and iron to hold.

Position the binding as you want it to

look once finished as the iron sets it

to the tape and the back of the table

runner. Then position the table runner

top facing you and stitch in the ditch of

the binding. This will be the final step to

a perfect finish.

Hope these 5 tips will help you create

your best ever binding finish. Hope

you enjoyed this beautiful project

using the Kayana Autumn Collection

by Banyan Batiks.

Mark the binding according to block seam

Sewing the binding to the edge of the table runner

Adding tape to the back of the binding

Take the loose end of your binding and fold away

from the table runner, using the seam you just

made sewing to the edge of the corner

Claire Haillot


Stitching in the ditch of the binding for a quick finish

Take the long end of the binding once more and

fold it back so that the raw edges of the binding

lines up with the raw edge of the next section of

the table runner

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My batik scrap bucket

Brother Innov-is BQ3050

My Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 with crumb scraps

ready to sew!

Crumb quilting:

What’s it all about?

Jean Boyd

Crumb scraps ready to sew together

¼” foot with guide on the left and ¼” foot without

the guide on the right

Most quilters can’t bear to part with scraps of favorite fabrics and tend to

keep them in little bins and boxes for future use. Crumb quilting, although

not a new idea, is enjoying a resurgence now as we try to use up all those

bits of fabric we’ve been saving. Basically, it’s sewing small pieces of fabric

together to make new fabric which can be cut up to make blocks, borders,

sashing and more.

I’ll be using the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to do some crumb

quilting using batik fabrics from my scrap bucket.

Here’s a video you might like to watch for an introduction to the crumb

quilting technique.

Although I can just grab pieces from my scrap bin and start sewing them

together, I decided to sort my batik scraps into light and dark values for 2

different projects.

Let’s start with the light fabric first!

Take 2 scraps of fabric and sew them together. The pieces don’t have to

be the same size. As long as there is one straight edge on each scrap, I can

sew them together.

Sew several pairs of scraps together. This is a good time to use either the ¼”

foot with guide or the ¼” foot without the guide.

If some pieces end up too large, just cut them in half with either a straight

or diagonal line.

Sometimes I’ll have a long strip of fabric to use. Sew several small pieces

along one edge of the strip. Then cut the strip into smaller sections.

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Start sewing the pairs together to make

4 patches. Again, the pieces don’t have

to be the same size. Look for straight

edges to sew together. I can always trim

one side so it’s straight if necessary.

Sew the 4 patches together to make a

piece with 8 patches.

Keep sewing sections together until you

have a piece the size you need.

Sometimes there are multiple seams to

stitch over. I love the way the Brother

Innov-ís BQ3050 machine, with it’s

automatic fabric sensor system, allows

me to do this so easily. Make sure this

key in the on position!

Cut larger pieces in half to make even more crumbs!

Sew several small pieces to one long piece.

Cut the long piece into smaller sections.

Sew 2 patch sections together to make 4 patches.

Position the 6½” square ruler where I wish to cut.

Make sure the automatic fabric sensor system is

turned on!

I’m cutting my crumbfabric into 6½”

squares using a 6½” square ruler. I’ll use

that measurement as a guide to let me

know how big to make my new fabric.

After I cut the 6½” squares, I’ll have some

fabric leftover, so I can continue to add

crumb pieces until I have a piece big

enough to cut another 6½” square.

Sew smaller sections together to make larger pieces.

After the 6½” square is cut, I have more crumb

pieces to use in another section.

Photos by Jean Boyd

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Crumb blocks for a wall quilt

Crumb fabric made from little scraps

Arrange 9 – 6½” blocks as desired. Sew blocks together to make 3 rows of 3.

Now it’s time to use my new fabric. Of

course, I could have kept making these

crumb blocks, but I wanted to get on

to another project using my dark batik

scraps. So I decided to make a little wall

quilt which could also be used as a table


Let’s get started!

• From crumb fabric, cut 9 – 6½” blocks.

Arrange the 6½” blocks as desired.

Sew the blocks together to make 3 rows

of 3.


I cut my border strips 6” wide, but that

can be adjusted to any size you like.

• From border fabric, cut 2 – 6” x 18½”

and 2 – 6” x 29½”.

• Sew the 18½” strips to the top and


• Sew a 29½” strip to each side.

Now the piece is ready to be quilted!

Because of the busy design that’s been

created, it’s probably best to do a simple

quilt design.

The MuVit dual-feed foot that comes

with the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 allows

you to do this very easily. There are 5

different feet for the dual feed foot,

including a stitch in the ditch foot that

makes the quilting process almost


Have a look at this video to see the MuVit

foot in action.

Many of the decorative stitches can also be

used for quilting. The serpentine stitch is a

favorite of mine and you can easily change

the width and length just by pushing the

+ and – buttons on the screen. And of

course, I love the wide 5” x 11¼” workspace

on the machine when quilting!

You could also use these 6½” blocks for a

cushion top, tote bag or part of a larger

quilt, and you could make larger blocks

if you wish. The possibilities are endless

when crumb quilting and it feels so

good to be able to use up those scraps I

can’t bear to part with!

The serpentine

stitch is a

favorite stitch

for quilting.

The MuVit dual feed foot comes with 5 different feet.

6” borders have been sewn on. MuVit dual feed foot with the open toe foot attached

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How to piece crumb blocks

into larger pieces of fabric

I’ll show another project using the same

crumb quilting technique, but this time I’ll

be using dark-colored scraps. The batiks

are so easy to use in a project like this,

as the edges don’t fray or stretch. This is

really important because of all the bias

edges that occur when crumb quilting.

My first crumb quilt made on the Brother

Innov-ís BQ3050

Starting a crumb quilt project

• Start by sewing 2 small scraps

together to make several 2 patch

blocks. The scraps can be as small as

1½” square for this technique. Use

squares, strips or any odd-shaped

pieces you have.

• Sew 2 patch blocks together to make

4 patch blocks.

• Sew 4 patch blocks together to make

8 patch blocks.

• As you finish each set of blocks,

straighten one edge so it’s ready to

sew to the next set.

• Keep adding pieces until you have

created a new piece of fabric in the

size you want.

In the last project, I cut my crumb fabric

into 6½” blocks, but this time I’m using

my new fabric to make borders. I want

my borders to be 2½” x 8½”, so that’s a

guide for how big to make my crumb

fabric pieces.

I’m making 3 – 8½” blocks that look

like this:

cutting instructions for each block

• 1 – 4½” square for center of block

• 4 – 1½” x 6½” for border around

center square

• 4 – 2½” x 8½” crumb strips for outer


8½” block with crumb quilt borders

Sew small scraps together to make 2 patch blocks. Sew small scraps together to make 2 patch blocks. Sew small sections together to get the size of

block you need.

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Piecing the crumb

quilt is easy

using the ¼”

foot with guide

Let's put it all together.

sewing instructions

• Sew a 1½” x 6½” strip to one side of a

4½” square using a partial seam.

• Press seam toward strip.

• Sew on the remaining 1½” strips.

Sew a 2½” x 8½” crumb pieced strip to one side, using a

partial seam.

• Sew on the remaining 2½” strips in

the same way as the strips around

the center square.

• Finish the partial seam that was

sewn first.

Sew a 1½” x 6½” strip to a 4½ square, using a

partial seam.

• Sew another 1½” x 6½” strip to the

next side of the square.

Sew on the remaining 1½” strips.

• Finish the partial seam that was sewn

on first.

Sew the crumb pieced strips around the center

square. Then finish the partial seam that was

sewn first.

The block now measures 10½” x 10½”.

I’ll also be giving some tips on quilting

your crumb quilt projects using the

MuVit dual feed foot and the free motion

quilting feet that come with the Brother

Innov-ís BQ3050 machine.

Sew another 1½” x 6½” strip to the next side of

the square.

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Finish sewing the partial seam that was sewn

on first.

• Sew a 2½” x 8½” crumb pieced strip to

one side, using a partial seam.

You’ll notice I’m using the ¼” foot with

guide but you could also use the ¼”

foot without the guide if you wish. Either

one helps give a perfect ¼” seam, but

I find the ¼” foot with guide gives that

extra hand in keeping the fabric steady

on its course.

Finished 10½” block

Brother BQ3050 and

its 3 free motion feet

Block with crumb pieced border made on the

Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine.

How to finish the

table runner using

3 crumb-pieced


• Sew 1½” x 10½”

sashing strips

between the


• From border fabric,

cut 2 – 5” x 32½”

for side borders

and 2 – 5” x 19½”

for the top and

bottom borders.

• Sew on the side

borders first and

then the top and

bottom borders.

There are lots of

seams to sew through

when making

crumb quilts, but

the Brother Innov-ís

BQ3050 machine has

no problem sewing

through them. Make

sure you have the

key for the automatic

fabric sensor in the

on position! Then

the thickness of the

fabric is automatically

detected and

the foot pressure

is automatically

adjusted while

sewing to ensure the

fabric is fed through

smoothly. What a

great feature!

When you have

your blocks all put

together, you’re

ready for quilting!

Sew sashing strips

between the blocks.

Sew on side borders

first and then top and

bottom borders.

Because of the

busy design that

has been created,

it’s probably best

to do some simple

quilting in the

blocks. You can

be a little more

adventurous in the

unpieced outer


The MuVit dual feed

foot that comes

Turn on the

automatic fabric

sensor key to ensure

smooth stitching.

with the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 allows

you to do this very easily. If you didn’t

have a chance to look at the MuVit dual

feed video be sure to watch it now. It really

shows how versatile the MuVit dual feed

foot is.

I love how the MuVit attachment comes

The MuVit dual feed foot comes with 5 different feet.

with 5 different feet. You’ll be sure to find

one that’s perfect for your quilting style.

The dual feed foot can be used with any

of the straight or zigzag stitch patterns.

It’s best to sew at slow or medium

speeds when using this foot.

You could also do some free motion

quilting in the plain borders of this table

runner. The Brother Innov-is BQ3050 has

3 different free motion feet from which

to choose. When doing free motion

quilting you can use most of the straight,

zigzag and decorative stitches. If you’re

new to this technique, it’s a good idea

to do some practice stitching before

working on your quilt.

The free motion foot E, shown on the

left in the picture below, is used for echo

quilting. The circular lines on the foot are

¼” and 3⁄8” away from the needle position,

so it’s easy to follow previous stitching

lines at an equal distance.

Free motion foot C, shown in the middle

in the picture below, should be used

with the straight stitch needle plate for

consistent stitching. Use straight stitch

Q-01 or 1-30 when using this foot.

Free motion foot O, shown on the

right in the picture below, is used for

free motion quilting with zigzag or

decorative stitches OR for free motion

quilting of straight lines on fabric with

an uneven thickness.

3 different free motion feet come with the Brother

Innov-is BQ3050 machine.

When free motion quilting, you can

adjust the height of the presser foot to

match the thickness of your quilt. Just

press the + or – key on the free motion

foot height bar on the screen. Another

great feature on the Brother Innov-ís


I hope you’ve enjoyed trying some crumb

quilt projects. I loved using the Brother

Innov-ís BQ3050 machine in doing so. It’s

always exciting to try new techniques and

use some of the many attachments that

come with this machine. Don’t be afraid

to play and have fun with your machine!

Jean Boyd


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This modern baby quilt

steals the show!

Sarah Vanderburgh

PFAFF performance icon

Modern baby quilt

Baby quilts are a fun and hopeful project. Let’s make one! I

invite you to go on an adventure into the stitching land of the

PFAFF performance icon. I have to admit, there isn’t another

machine I’d like to take on this trip than the performance icon.

We have become close friends :)

This quilt was inspired by a lot of things, including the colors of

the year. I also wanted to challenge myself to make a modern

quilt with solids – a very different kind of journey for me! This

quilt would also be fun in novelty prints or more than 3 solid

colors, so use what you have on hand.

Mostly the fabric is just the background for the story the

stitches tell. I thought about what kind of blessing or dreams I

would want to share with a new baby and its family to give me

some focus or a theme. I came up with the song, Climb Every

Mountain, from The Sound of Music. I hope you’ll be able to

see how the lyrics inspired my stitching and truly led me on a

wonderful quilting adventure.



• 1 yd Fabric Creations 100% cotton – royal blue

• 1 yd Fabric Creations 100% cotton – kelly green

• 1 yd Fabric Creations 100% cotton – white


• stabilizer- I used INSPIRA Fast and Easy Tear-A-Way Light

• UNIQUE Quilter’s Fast Fade marker purple – thin tip

• 55“ square of batting

• 55“ square of backing; I used leftover yardage from my Fabric

Creations 100% cotton fabric 2 yd packs

• threads to coordinate and contrast with fabrics – I used blue,

green, white, and yellow Gütermann thread

Cutting Instructions

Cut pieces in order given to make best use of fabric


• 6 – 9“ squares

• 2 – 8½” squares

• 12 – 4½” x 8½” rectangles


• 6 – 9“ squares

• 2 – 8½” squares

• 12 – 4½” x 8½” rectangles


• 4 – 9“ squares

• 8 – 4½” x 8½” rectangles

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Floating stitches on a modern baby quilt

makes all the difference

I’ll show the floating stitch technique

built into the PFAFF performance icon

used in the making of the modern baby


Floating stitch menu

Floating stitches are found in section

8, the Techniques stitches. Submenu

5 shows all of the floating stitches built

into the performance icon.

Touch the menu icon in the top right

of the Sewing Mode on the large Color

Touch Screen. From here you can select

your stitch and find some important

details, like which presser foot to use to

best execute the stitch.

Presser feet for floating stitches

With my stitch selected, the bottom

right of the screen tells me the presser

foot to use – the Bi-Level Guide Foot

included with the machine – and gives

me written instructions on what to do

with my fabric. Reading further I find out

the Bi-Level Guide Foot is used when I’m

stitching on one piece of fabric folded

over; for use with two fabrics, I will use

the 1A foot. Both of these feet engage

with the IDT to feed the fabrics evenly

under the needle. Touch the word LOAD

to bring your selected stitch into Sewing


Sew the rectangle units

To make a rectangle unit, select a

floating stitch. Put two Fabric Creations

100% cotton fabric rectangles right sides

together, and place a 1” strip of INSPIRA

Fast and Easy Tear-A-Way Light stabilizer

on the bottom of the pair along one

long edge.

Stitch the floating stitch down the edge

of the pair. Remove the tear-a-way

stabilizer then gently pull the fabrics

open to reveal the floating stitches.

Photos by Sarah Vanderburgh

TIP Have the edge of the two-layered

fabrics and stabilizer lined up with the

inner metal edge of the presser foot; this

way the seam allowance will stay intact.

Repeat to make the following number of

rectangle units:

• Use yellow Gütermann thread to make

4 white and blue rectangle units – I

used floating stitch 8.5.11.

• Use blue Gütermann thread to make

4 green and white rectangle units – I

used floating stitch 8.5.6.

• Use white Gütermann thread to make 8

blue and green rectangle units – I used

floating stitch 8.5.10 on 4 and floating

stitch 8.5.2 on the remaining 4.

You could chain stitch all of the rectangle

units of the same pair to make good use

of your sewing time – if you do, be sure

to press the Stitch restart button so the

floating stitches start at the same spot

on each pair. Or don’t! It could be fun to

see the stitch not look the same from

unit to unit.

I forgot to take photos of the units

before quilting; the 'floating stitch'

photo shows a white and blue

rectangle unit with its floating stitch.

I also quilted down each side of the

stitch with thread that blended into the

fabrics to emphasize the floating stitch

on the quilt.

The floating stitches really add some

character to the rectangle units. I

imagined creating stars and lakes and

mountains while I was stitching mine!

Floating stitch menu

Presser feet for floating stitches

Fabric edge lined up with inner metal edge of

presser foot 1A

Floating stitch 8.5.11

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HSTs and piecing a baby

quilt top with

PFAFF performance icon

The PFAFF performance icon isn’t only

full of built-in stitch techniques but is a

great machine for precise sewing. I’ll sew

half-square triangle units and put the

top together.

Half Square Triangles (HSTs)

Make HSTs using pairs of Fabric Creations

100% cotton fabric 9“ squares listed:

• 2 white and blue

• 4 blue and green

• 2 green and white

1. Draw a diagonal line on the back

of one fabric square with UNIQUE

Quilter’s Fast Fade marker.

2. Sew second fabric square to diagonal

line fabric square, right sides

together, by sewing ¼” away from

each side of the drawn line.

3. Cut on the drawn line to create 2 HSTs.

Press the seam to the darker fabric.

4. Trim each HST to 8½” square.

You can read a post I wrote Two ways to

trim larger Half Square Triangles without

a square ruler with tips to help with

trimming half-square triangles that are

this big.

Assemble the quilt top quadrants

Now that all the units are made, it’s

time to start putting together the quilt

top. I found it easiest to assemble one

quadrant of the quilt at a time using my

design wall. I also chose to use matching

rectangle units in each quadrant.

Use the photos below to assemble

each quadrant. I included arrows to

show pressing directions for each

seam in the rows and then how to

press the rows together.

Top left quadrant

Top left quadrant layout and pressing directions

Top right quadrant

Top right quadrant layout and pressing directions

Bottom left quadrant

Bottom left quadrant layout and pressing directions

Bottom right quadrant

Bottom right quadrant layout and pressing directions

The bright LED

lighting and the

wide harp of the

PFAFF performance

icon makes it easy to

spend time putting

the modern baby

quilt together.

Assemble the quilt top

Sewing blocks into

rows with PFAFF

performance icon

Sew the quadrants together and you’re

done! The seams should nest easily on

the quadrants. Sew the top quadrants

together and press the seam to the right;

sew the bottom quadrants together

and press the seam to the left. Sew the

top and bottom together and press the

seam to the bottom quadrants.

The quilt is ready to stitch on now.

Thanks to the PFAFF performance icon this

step went smoothly and quickly.

Trim half square triangles

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Radiant Stitches on the performance icon

add joy to a baby quilt

The PFAFF performance icon is making

quick work of this project and giving me

so many opportunities to take creative

license with this quilt.

Mark the radiant lines

To get ready for the radiant stitches I

have to plan ahead. I marked the curved

lines for the stitches before I layered

and pinned the quilt together with the

backing and the batting. I used a glass

pie plate and the UNIQUE Quilter’s Fast

Fade marker to mark my lines.

Pie plate and UNIQUE Quilter’s Fast Fade marker

Prepare the quilt for quilting

With the label stitched into the backing,

I’m now ready to lay out the backing,

batting, and quilt top to pin baste them

together. I also cleaned the floor first!

To start quilting the quilt, I sewed in the

ditch of the vertical block seams with blue

thread. Then I went in the ditch of the

half-square triangles and sewed beside

both sides of the floating stitches. I did

all of the blue, then switched to green to

do the green areas and finally the white.

Once this grid of quilting was in place, it

was time to start the radiant stitches.

Quilt layers pinned on floor

Radiant stitches

Radiant stitches are in section 8,

Technique stitches, just like the floating

stitches. Select subsection 6 to view them

all in the Stitch menu. The Stitch menu

gives you details about stitches before

you select them including in this case,

instructions on how to stitch out radiant

stitches. This is how I knew I needed the

UNIQUE Quilter’s Fast Fade marker!

Once you’re done reading, touch LOAD

to bring your selected radiant stitch into

sewing mode.

The radiant stitches stitch out behind the

presser foot – making sure I turned the

fabric the right direction was the only

hard part of this process. And really, it

just meant I had to pay attention.

To use this technique, line up the needle

with the marked line and press the Start/

Stop button. When the machine stops,

turn the fabric and then press the button

again. When the machine completes the

stitch it stops again. Turn the fabric again

and line it up with the marked line. This

process repeats until the line is complete.

I used the Cut function button at the

end of a line so the machine could

secure the threads and snip them for me.

Stitching with a contrasting thread

helped me create the forest and

wilderness I was planning since I began

this stitching adventure.

I used as many radiant stitches as I

dared! I limited myself to three radiant

stitches in each quadrant. I played with

using thread that contrasted or blended

into the fabric color. I like to think I

created sunshine, rain, pine trees, birch

trees, flowers, snow (it happens in the

mountains!), and goldenrod (weeds

happen too!). See, I told you this was my

favorite stitch technique yet!

I was really anxious to try out the radiant

stitches on the PFAFF performance icon.

I had to basically make a quilt before I

could test out my ideas and I was so glad

to see them stitch out!

Radiant stitch instructions in Stitch Menu screen.

Start of radiant stitch row

Radiant stitch line almost complete

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Modern baby quilt

Green stippling stitch

Three fabrics used for binding

Stippling Stitches

on the

performance icon

add whimsy to a

baby quilt

The story continues with more built-in stitches on the PFAFF

performance icon, and I need to finish all of the quilting and

bind the quilt. Of course, I can have fun while I’m doing it!

Stippling stitches

I used several stippling stitches to add more adventurous

details to this modern baby quilt. I didn’t want to do a lot of

quilting because I like baby quilts to have some loft. I also didn’t

use all of the stippling stitches – the quilt is starting to look

busy as it is!

You can check out all of the stitches available on the PFAFF

performance icon in the Stitch Guide document here.

I used the same stipple stitch (2.2.10) with a longer stitch length

(80mm) in most of the triangles and where two rectangle units

met. I also used thread that matched the fabric so it wouldn’t

be a visual distraction.

I like to think I stitched river streams and walking paths, but

maybe it’s just a curvy texture that the eye appreciates with all

of the straight edges in the quilt.

I did add a few shamrocks though.


I used up the rest of the green and blue Fabric Creations

100% cotton fabric in the binding along with white. You need

approximately 200” of binding.

The quilt should trim square and be approximately 48” square.

I cut the binding at 2¼” which is narrower than I usually do – I

just wanted to make best use of my remaining fabric and I’m

so glad I did! I really like how the binding turned out. I even

changed the thread as I sewed to keep it hidden in the binding.

The modern baby quilt was an enjoyable stitching adventure

for me. I was so happy the radiant stitches were all I hoped they

would be. The PFAFF performance icon continues to take me

on many happy quilting trails. Thanks for following along!

Sarah Vanderburgh


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Yo-yos make your

quilts complete

Yo-yos are a fun way to complete

your quilt. They can be the whole

quilt or they can be easy and fast

embellishments on your quilt or

quilted items. Here you can find

two simple ways to make yo-yos.

– Jackie

skill level beginner



• scraps of fabric, depending on your size

of yo-yo, a 5'' square for the larger one

• a 3'' square for the smaller one


• TrueCut 360


Use the TrueCut 360 to cut your circle to your

exact specifications.

Creating a Yo-yo

1. This first method creates what I call a

raw edge yo-yo. Do a running stitch

around the perimeter of the yo-yo

starting on the wrong side and about

1⁄4'' from the edge.

2. Once stitches are completely around

the circle, pull to gather and do a few

stitches to hold.

3. Finesse to get a nice looking circle.

4. Create a smaller yo-yo to go on top of

the large one and stitch down.

To create what I call a finished yo-yo, as

you do your running stitch, fold your

fabric in wrong sides together from the

edge about 1⁄4'' and stitch through both

layers going around the perimeter.

When gathering the yo-yo, you can either

pull tight or because you have a nice clean

looking finish, leave a small opening in

which you can insert a corresponding

fabric and stitch down to give a unique


If you want to sew yo-yos together, do

simple slip stitches at the edges of each

yo yo to join. Try adding a few onto your

next quilt or quilted bag to make it look

fun and show off your creativity.

Yo-yos can really make your quilt





raw edge


Do a running stitch 1⁄4'' from edge of circle.

Put a small

yo-yo on top

of a larger

one to cover

the gathered


Slip a small

piece of fabric

into opening of

yo-yo to create

a pretty center.

Create a more finished looking yo-yo by folding

the fabric in and stitching through both layers

around the circle.

Photos by Jackie White

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Social Distancing – the perfect

Pam Voth

time for a hexies quilt pattern

Staying connected – quilting mentors and

social distancing

Fabric for my hexagon table runner with

matching Gütermann thread

Paper hexies ready for Fabric with Fiskars

Hexie Maker

Basting the fabric to the cardboard hexie

I decided to approach social distancing and this

time of isolation with an attitude of gratitude. I

have lots to be thankful for – that I had started my

own stash of fabrics – some may call it a ‘hoard’

but, just like that, it went from hoarding to being


I also decided to live in the learning/growing zone

of this experience, expanding my learning from my

last baby quilt and look for opportunities and ask

myself, “When I look back at all, what do I want this

moment to have been?”

Luckily, we have SO MANY ways to stay connected

so, through the magic of Facebook messenger

and Zoom and texting, I still managed to stay

connected to my quilters and, now, my dear friends.

I had expressed a desire to create a spring table

runner and prior to isolation, we headed out

to shop for some spring fabrics. I have now

experienced several ‘quilting group’ fabric shopping

trips that include great advice, lunch, laughs and

connection and friendship.

In a bit of pre-isolation wisdom, I even purchased

a hexagon-maker I found NOT in the fabric section

of the craft store (as we were chastised by the

salesperson – apparently hexagons are not real

quilting???) but instead, in the scrap booking/paper

craft section. In this lesson: Don’t let anyone – ever

– make you feel bad about your project. If you use

batting, it’s quilting.

So, with my fabrics, purchased and some from

my stash, I consulted my online sources for ideas

(thanks, QUILTsocial).

My quilting mentor guided me into the world of

hexies, both a time consuming and satisfying way

to spend days, weeks, months! At the moment,

time is definitely my friend and besides – I was

enthralled with this new project idea. I began by

making cardboard hexies…using my hexi-maker.

I decided that I would make 10 flowers and use

the butterfly fabric for the background. I picked

7 fabrics for the flowers and began cutting and

ironing my fabric into hexies. I looked up on

YouTube how to baste them, picture my sad face

because I couldn’t just go over and ask my mentors

to show me. Sometimes, however, it’s good to

figure things out for yourself and then brag about it.

I think for most of us, we miss the physical

closeness of the groups we had during ‘real’ life –

although this is feeling pretty real at the moment…

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Basted hexie becomes a flower

I decided some online chatting and show and tell would help,

so we had a sharing Wednesday morning meeting. I got to ask

a few questions, like… How does one sew these flower petals


I was also inspired by new projects that were being completed,

started, and those considered.

Now, I find that when I complete a piece of a project or a

project completely, I text a picture for feedback, praise and

suggestions. Staying connected is the important thing and

feeling grateful to have quilting as something to fill my days is

a thought I have daily and often share with my quilting friends.

Even if we are apart, the joy of our connectedness through

quilting is still there.

Eventually, after a couple of tries, I figured out how to create my

flowers without the threads showing through where I had sewn


Now, with the flowers nearly completed, I needed to figure out

how to display them on my runner. I texted for advice. I felt I

needed to add a background to my flowers so they didn’t get

lost in the butterflies and my quilting friends completely agreed,

so now for cutting bigger sized hexies for the background with

a different sort of ruler.

With the hexie flowers stitched to the background, I was ready

to sew them to my runner.

Do you know that feeling when you find a piece of matching

fabric that’s exactly the right size for the back of your runner?

I do…because during a pandemic, you don’t just run out to

search for a new piece of fabric!

Now, I find that I don’t have enough batting, so with spray

basting and patience, I made a big enough piece of batting.

Background, quilt batting and butterfly front pinned together….

now to add the hexies in a pattern.

It takes a LOT of attempts to figure out how you want to

arrange your hexies on the quilt – that’s fine. It’s the balance

between showing off the background and arranging them

(using a ruler) to look appropriately spaced on the background.

You can be the judge of my success with this!!

Cutting large hexies using my Fons&Porter

Hexagon Ruler (Omnigrid) and Omnigrid Cutter

10 hexagons ready to attach to my table runner

Auditioning a layout

Sewing the hexagons to the runner using

Gütermann thread

Photos by Pam Voth

Spray basting the batting together

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Ready to machine quilt

Preparing the binding using clips and the iron

Machine quilting around the hexagons

Now to quilt – machine quilting – thanks

to my mentors and some confidence from

doing it and doing it and doing it, I quilted

around the large hexie shape…three times.

OK, now for binding…time to watch a video

to remind me how to do it.

I cut the strip, pieced it together and ironed

it in half. Attaching the raw edge to the

right side of my runner, I sewed a ¼” seam to

attach the binding to the runner. Oh, and just

to be clear, I did NOT plan ahead so, it was a

bit of a scramble to find a piece of fabric with

enough on it to make the binding. Not to

mention, cutting it the WRONG width to start

with and then having to re-cut…just enough

fabric…luck was definitely on my side.

The final step…another project almost

complete…picture me celebrating by text

and Zoom with my quilting group.

I folded and pressed the binding around to

the back of the quilt and the blind stitching

began. I chose blind stitching because I don’t

think I would be able to sew the binding on

by machine to my satisfaction. I know, that’s

pretty crazy but, the more I quilt, the higher

my standards get.

What is up next for me? The Dresden Plate…

yes, I looked it up and it’s beautiful. I’m

hoping that if it all works out, I’ll give it to my

friend and mentor (although not a quilting

mentor) for her 80th birthday.

Quilting allows you so many opportunities

to connect with people – from the online

conversations, the texts and the phone

calls, to the opportunity to give your hard

work and love-filled pieces to some of your

favorite people.

Pam Voth

The finished table runner

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