I think I have finally let relaxation catch up with ME.
I slept in, took Sadie for a long 2.25 mile hike, had a late breakfast, and I sewed.
Potato soup was made for lunch. Our favorite. Recipe HERE. Leaving enough for tomorrow’s lunch as well. Like most things, it is best the next day.
I woke up when it was dark.
And most of all I relaxed and sewed when I wanted.
If I am going to sit and hand stitch the binding down on the Big Boise State Monstrosity tonight while watching some TV, The binding has to be cut, sewn, pressed and attached before the netflixfest can begin.
Over the past few years my binding techniques have changed. I’ve grown to like a narrower fuller binding, and went from cutting my strips at 2.5” to then 2.25” to now 2”. And I’m happy with it. I don’t lose my points if I am binding the edge of a pieced border, and lets face it, I’m saving 20% over the cost of binding with 2.5” binding strips. I can bind a big quilt like this one with 1/2 yard of fabric instead of nearly 3/4 a yard of fabric.
But mostly, I like the look of the 1/4” finished binding. Nice and full, nice and tight.
I caught myself in the chrome of my vintage iron! Press those diagonal seams OPEN and trim the dog ears.
Out comes my vintage walking foot!
This one is for slant machines, and since I’m working on a 301 slant machine, it’s just the ticket. I’m also using my Greer SewingMates Feathermate table since I am table top sewing, instead of the machine being down in the card table. I’ve left the table set up for when Mona comes to sew. I also have a couple friends coming in January to sew….so the card table can stay put away for now. I love that this little table goes just around the fromt and left side of my machine giving me more work surface. The legs are adjustable to fit any vintage machine, and it works great with both my 301s and my featherweights.
New seam guide time!
The sticky had worn off of the back of my old one – and it had been taped in place with blue painters tape to hold it down until I could get some more scotch restickable mounting strips up here to redo the job,
The walking foot is just a bit wider than the 1/4” that I want so I used my seam guide ruler to tell me where to place the sticky seam guide. It can’t interfere with the foot, so it has to go just in front of the foot. Find out more about my home-made Best Seam Guide Ever HERE!
Some room adjustments had to happen!
The denim quilt is HEAVY. And I wanted to use the ironing board set at table height to the left of my machine to help support the weight, but the table needed to be pushed back away from the window to make room for it. I slid everything toward the cutting table and got set up and ready to go.
1/4” binding underway!
Binding puddle on the floor.
Okay, this is where I think quilters go crazy. I just leave my binding next to me and feed it on to the quilt as I go. I don’t need to BUY a gizmo to have it wrapped on so that it can unwind as I sew. It’s just not that big of a deal. It’s binding. I make it, I sew it on, and its done.
But then I don’t have a cat that would come and attack the binding as I was attaching it either….just my observation. Make the binding. Sew it on. Be done. End of story.
((Buy a gizmo to wind it? Really??? I’d rather buy fabric!))
And Sadie watches on!
The binding is only partially sewn on, but I was just informed we have to run to town to get some electrical wire at Lowes. At 7:36pm at night. OK. I’ll go.
But there better be ice cream involved!
Have a great evening, everyone!