This week marks the 2nd Great Canadian Blogathon.
Sew Sisters, in Toronto, approached me and asked if I would like my blog
to be linked in with the Ontario bloggers for that day, Saturday, Nov 23rd. Wow!! Yes!!
I was thrilled! I have only been blogging for 10 months but it is alot of fun. I
enjoy writing and quilting, so it is a good fit . And I have met so many people online
who love what I love too.
You can check out the Blogathon here: http://www.sew-sisters.com/
Lots of cool prizes to be won too.
For those of you who don’t know me: I am a longarm quilter, living just outside
of Barrie, Ontario. My business, Stitching Impressions has been up and running for over
8 years now.
I love all aspects, forms and types of quilts and quilting.
Now, on to more exciting things. This past week, I have been working
on a large hand pieced (94″ x 94″) Around The World” Quilt.
All the squares are 1″ and were hand pieced and cut out by hand too. That
fact alone, makes me giddy.
Justs a few things to remember when working with hand pieced quilts: when
they are on the frame, some of the piecing will “pop” open.
When this happens, you have 2 options: ignore the hole and keep
on trucking or repair it. It does take some time but well worth the effort
to fix the repairs first. I am also going to try to sew the binding on this quilt
while it is still on the frame. This will be a first for me.
I am also getting very excited to being close to finishing all of the 16 blocks for this
Sue Garman is the pattern maker. I am debating whether to add the
border or not. What do you think?
I had to make some more bias strips last night and here are a few photos of that
The binding strip needs to be cut on the bias, as later it will be
easier and more manageable to stitch on a curve. 1/2″ is the size of
the cut piece of fabric. Also, remember to spray starch this piece of fabric,
before you put it through the bias maker. It will help the bias strip to stay folded and
make a nice crisp, clean, straight edge for you.
Here is the gadget I use to make a 1/4″ bias strip. I would recommend
this gadget over any metal or plastic bar.
This is alot faster and no burnt fingers.
This is how you put the fabric into the bias gadget. Make sure that
the end is angled, making it easier to go into the bias gadget. Sometimes, I use
a sharp object, such as a metal awl to push the fabric through to the other side.
This is what the bias strip looks like when it is beginning to come out the
other end. Please remember that the right side of the fabric is on the bottom
of the gadget here. This tip is very important or your bias strip will be inside out.
The picture above shows you the bottom side of the gadget.
Now, you are ready to iron -not press. Use your left hand ( I know, I am right handed)
to pull the green bias gagdet to the left. As you do so, keep pushing
the iron right up to the tip of the gadget maker. It does have a metal tip
so it won’t melt or burn. Just remember to go slow. It does
make beautiful bias strips quickly.
As you can see in the photo, the strips are fast, straight and crisp.
What more could you want from a bias strip? I showed you both
the front of the strip and the back so you can see how it folds in
together in the middle.
Hope you check out the Canadian Blogathon. I am also linking up
with the Needle and Thread Network.
Have a great week and enjoy the Great Canadian Blogathon.
9 thoughts on “The Great Canadian”
I think the extra work of adding the border to Lily would be so worth it.
Thanks for your tip on the virtues of bias bars and this handy gadget. Going to be an awesome quilt when done, you must post about it!
The around the world trip is awesome. You must be a very respectful longarmer as you take such care with your quilts. Enjoyed m visit to your site.
Wow! Your Around the Word quilt is amazing!
Thanks for doing a special post for Blogathon Canada!
Waving hello from Calgary!
Ruth, you’re Around the World quilt is gorgeous. Could sit and admire this beauty all day. Wow.
I’ve made bias strips both way and each has their place. When using the one that looks like a zipper pull, remember not to stretch the bias as you pull. I have done that a few times, and then the piece gets narrower.
The Lily of Rosenberry quilt is fantastic! Yes make the border. I know that it will be a lot of work but that is an heirloom quilt already. How on earth do you sew on a binding on a long arm machine?
Saying hello from over here in Kitchener. Isn’t is nice to have such great quilt connections?
Yes, these quilt connections are amazing. YOu meet people that you would not have the opportunity to meet and you can learn so much too.