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 recently had the need to make bias binding and I was really surprised that I could not find a tutorial geared towards quilters that actually made sense to me. I realized I couldn’t be the only one who had a hard time finding something without frustration and decided I’d make a tutorial the next time I made bias binding.
Start with your yardage laid out like this. It would probably be wise to press it first. If your top line of your fabric isn’t straight, make sure it is. 🙂
Fold the selvage up to the top line of the fabric.
Fold again, but bringing the top down following the diagonal line. This is your bias and where you will cut. Continue folding along this same line until your fabric is a small enough packet you can cut it.
Turn your fabric so you can use the markings on your cutting mat.
Cut off the far right edge to make it straight.
Now you can cut your binding at whatever width you desire. I use 2-1/4″. When you cut bias binding, you will end up with 2 strips from each cut.
If you are attaching it to a scalloped or curved edge quilt, I highly recommend doing a stay stitch around the edge of the quilt before you trim it and before you attach the binding. This helps keep the bias edges of the quilt from stretching too much.
I couldn’t resist. So what is frankenbatting? I heard this terminology from Julie Schloemer on Instagram and it made me laugh so hard I could never call it anything else. Frankenbatting is essentially smaller pieces of batting sewn together to make a useable piece. I have used frankenbatting in several quilts. It take some time, but if you get sick of throwing away quilt trimmings, this is the use for you! There are a few ways to make this, but here’s my favorite:
- Start by gathering your pieces of batting. I only save and therefore use the largest trimming left over from (generally) the bottom of the quilt.
- Trim down the largest edges so they are straight. This is SUPER important to make sure your frankenbatting doesn’t get wonky and bumpy later. It does not matter much if your batting pieces are the same length (or width). Just work with what you have and build it up to be big enough for your current quilt needs.
- Sew 2 pieces together using a zig zag stitch. You do not want to overlap the batting. Just butt the pieces up next to each other and sew.
- When you’re done, here’s what each seam will look like:
- Keep following this process until you have built up enough batting for project.
I have never had any issues with any quilts in which I have used frankenbatting. You cannot tell once it’s quilted, and even before, that there are any seams in the batting. It’s a great way to use up something that otherwise would be trash and save yourself a few bucks. Have you ever used one of the methods to make frankenbatting? What’s your preferred way?