Every year Fat Quarter Shop hosts a fabulous quiltalong that benefits a specific charity. This year they have chosen St. Jude’s children’s hospital! Each month January-July there will be one block pattern in 2 sizes to complete. At the end there is a really fun way to make the setting unique. It is suggested that per pattern you use, you donate $5 to St. Jude’s by clicking this link or following the same link from one of Fat Quarter Shop’s blog postings. For the first month, we get to make Watermelon Wheel. It’s a clever block that is really simple to construct, thanks to strip piecing! For the block, head to this Fat Quarter Shop post!
One of the things I like the least about my Juki 2000 is the walking foot. It is loud, does not stitch evenly, and is just not the best. I had heard that there was a Janome walking foot that worked wonderfully for the Juki. Once Brynn @brynnsews bought one and told me that it was indeed a great fit and sews wonderfully, I took the plunge. I am happy to report that after quilting a few quilts with it, I am soooo glad I spent the $60 on this walking foot. It comes with guides, which the Juki does NOT have and I missed desperately. Here’s the link to purchase it on Amazon if you’re in the same boat. It is an affiliate link, which means I get like 2 cents from you buying it, but in the spirit of full disclosure, there it is.
I am so excited to share a bit about my binding book today! This has been a project in the works for a long time and I hope to share how it came about and why it is helpful to any quilter!
I started a binding service business almost 2 years ago. I love binding quilts and have never seen a binding technique like mine. It provides a unique finish where the binding on the front and back are both 1/4″ wide. As I started taking on clients, I realized that not everyone could send their quilts out for binding, nor would they want to. I had a few friends reach out for tips and tricks with binding and the idea for a book sprang from there.
As I was binding a quilt to gift to my sister, I took step-by-step photos of my entire process, start to finish. Those photos, along with detailed instructions are found in my book. I share what tools I use to make it easier, how to choose thread, how to make binding, how to make your corners perfect, how to get an even width of binding on the front and back, and other general tips and tricks to make your binding life easier.
Here is an example of what you’ll see in the book:
Whether you are an experienced quilt binder or new to quilting, there is something for you in this book. It is separated out into different sections: Planning, Cutting, Sewing, and Hand Stitching. If you feel confident in planning, cutting, and sewing, but not so much in hand stitching, you can focus on the hand stitching section.
I firmly believe that we all spend SO much time, energy, and money on our quilts that the binding deserves to be as perfect as possible! It is the crowning touch on a huge work in progress that takes so much time and money to finish. I hope you’ll enjoy my book and it will make your hand binding life easier and more enjoyable!
You can find my book on Craftsy or on Etsy