Yes, there are pigs on my backing fabric!
This was a gifted piece complete with pigs in BBQ bibs..so funny! And it was a big enough piece to use it ALL for the backing of this quilt – so I cleared it off the shelf, and have a funny backing that makes me giggle when I see it.
Sometimes backings can be serious, and sometimes they can be light-hearted and whimsical. This makes me smile.
I posted this photo on Facebook last night, with many comments coming in saying I was doing it wrong, that I was binding backwards -
To me, this is the most natural way to bind!
I have the quilt in my lap, backing against me, quilt top up top, just the same way I’d be under the quilt if I were snuggling in for a nap with it.
I am right handed…and I sew right to left. My left hand folds the binding over the edge and holds the binding in place while I sew towards my left hand.
I do NOT pin or clip anything when I bind. There is no need to, my thumb holds that binding over the edge just perfectly.
Give it a try – you might find that YOU have been sewing the wrong way all of your quilting life, and you might find you like this way better.
I once saw a lady come to show and tell with about 100 binding clips all away around the whole edge of her queen sized quilt top --- now THAT is a hassle!
No binding clips or pins required here – just a thumb.
Label on too!
I need to sign my label, not sure what to put on it yet. Pigma pen is in the car ---but at least the label is on here.
This morning I am off for a Cathedral Stars workshop with the Village Quilters of Loudon, TN! There will be more pictures to come of our fun today later on – but for now, I want to send you an enticement!
Details are coming together for our trip to England in August!
We will be enjoying several days in London, then on to beautiful Bath ---and then taking in the sights at Stratford Upon Avon, followed by BIRMINGHAM where we will be spending time at the International Quilt Festival of Birmingham!
I’ve always wanted to go to England – this will be my first trip, wanna join me??
Our intinerary is as follows:
Friday, August 1st
Our adventure begins with an evening flight departing from NEW YORK to LONDON. Dinner will be served on board the plane.
Saturday, August 2nd
This morning before the plane arrives at the London Heathrow Airport; a light breakfast snack will be served. We will pass through customs, collect our luggage and meet our driver and Sew Many Places tour escort, Jim West who will take us on a PANORAMIC TOUR OF LONDON. We will drive past many recognizable sights like the Tower of London, Harrods Department Store, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace,Piccadilly Circus, Temple Station, Notting Hill, London Bridge, Westminster Abbey,Downing Street, the West End, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square and more.
There will be time to stop and enjoy lunch on our own before driving to our first class hotel. We will check into our hotel in the middle of the afternoon where we will unpack and relax. Tonight, we will all enjoy a special “welcome dinner,” and have an opportunity to meet our fellow travelers. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.
This morning, following breakfast, we will visit the famous VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, where we will have an opportunity to view their outstanding collection of patchwork quilts and tapestries. A private curator from the museum will provide an extraordinary tour for our group. The afternoon and evening are free to enjoy at your leisure to enjoy London on your own.
Monday, August 4th Today you have the entire day to enjoy London on your own. You may opt to visit museums, shop in the famous Harrods Department Store or in some of the fabulous shops and markets around the city, or you may even opt to see a show in the West End! Whatever you decide to do, enjoy your day and evening in this fabulous city!
Tuesday, August 5th
Today, following breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and drive to the bustling city of BATH. Along the way we will see STONEHENGE, the most famous standing-circle stones in the world. There will be a brief stop for photographs and then continue on our way. We will arrive in the town of Bath where we will check into our first class hotel and unpack. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at our hotel and retire for the evening.
Wednesday, August 6th
This morning following a delicious breakfast, we will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. Following the tour, we will drive to the American Museum, which houses American woven coverlets, Navajo weaving and an extensive array of quilts. There will be time to enjoy a tour of the museum and lunch on our own. The museum also has a lovely little gift shop where you can purchase some unique gifts. We will return to our hotel later in the afternoon and the remainder of the evening is at your leisure.
Thursday, August 7th
Following breakfast this morning, we will check out of our hotel and drive northeast through the COTSWOLDS, stopping in the village of STOW ON THE WOLD. It is a charming and picturesque little place with great restaurants, shops and a lovely setting. We will continue on our way until we reach the quaint town of STRATFORD UPON AVON, the home to William Shakespeare. We will check-in to our hotel and settle in for the afternoon and evening. Tonight we will all enjoy dinner together at our hotel.
Friday, August 8th
Today you will have time to explore this historic town on your own. For those who might be interested, we are offering an “optional” tour to see the extraordinary Warwick Castle. Once at the castle you will enjoy a tour and time for lunch and shopping before returning to our hotel. (Cost of this “Optional” tour is €48.00. Enjoy your day whatever you decide to do.
Saturday, August 9th
This morning, following breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and drive to the beautiful city of BIRMINGHAM. Upon our arrival we will check into our first class hotel and settle in for the remainder of the day. This afternoon you may opt to visit the FESTIVAL OF QUILTS exhibition that will be taking place near our hotel.
This morning, following breakfast, we will visit the N.E.C. Exhibition Center and attend the FESTIVAL OF QUILTS. You will have the entire day to explore the largest quilt gala ever staged in the United Kingdom! There’s so much to enjoy, from the competition displays as well as galleries featuring the work of individual artists, along with priceless historic pieces brought together from throughout the world. It is a full day of quilting fun at your leisure. Enjoy your day! Tonight we will all gather for a very special “farewell dinner” as we bring our exciting tour of England to an end.
Monday, August 11th
This morning we will check out of our hotel and transfer to the Birmingham Airport where we will board our plane, taking us back to NEW YORK. Lunch will be served on board the plane.
Click HERE to visit my tour page on the Sew Many Places website. I’ve also placed an England 2014 tab at the top of the blog for easy quick reference!
You've enjoyed my photo tours as I have traveled – wouldn't you like to come with me? It’s going to be a grand time!