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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 1164348 views.
Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

8/12/22

that is lovely!  Are you able to just stitch the feathers or will you need to mark them?  makes me a bit nervous just looking at it.... grin

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

8/12/22

WOW!  I love this!  What a perfect design for a DWR!

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

8/12/22

I've done my bindings that way for years.  I rarely use pins to hold the binding to the quilt; I just hold the binding in place with my fingers.  Having said that, I *do* use a pin or two ... plus a skillets... when it comes time to do the mitered corners. 

Midkid5

From: Midkid5

8/12/22

Like you I use to glue, than I just stopped and glued the corners.  When I remembered that sewing into the 45 degree angle would always give me the correct seam allowance I stopped glueing.  Now I just stop about two inches from the corner fold the binding to get a 45 degree crease, marking it if I don't think I can see the fold line under the needle.  No matter what size you seam allowance the 45 degree crease gives the correct spot to stop.  Hoping this makes sense.  I also use the open toe foot.

Jo

I have found a good thread path and am using 5 different rulers. The feathers are all freehand, I have done them so much I can do them in my sleep.

Thank you. I was resisting the circle wreath in the center bur after trying a million other things I drew it out and decided that if I do a swirl on the inside then I just needed to go around the outside. I am going to make a little paper template for the last 2 or 3 feathers so the join will be perfect. Feathers are still my favorite freehand shape to quilt. You can fill a space pretty fast and they are very forgiving if you do not try to make them perfect. As I keep saying,  be consistently inconsistent!

Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

8/12/22

it was you guys here that convinced me to try the "back to front" method - now I'm a believer.  I've also started making the seam a tiny smidge smaller so that pulling it around to the front isn't such a wrestling match.  Also since most of my backings are fleece, I cannot iron them (it melts).  So I use my thumbnail to press that seam down on the back before I flip it over.

Another tip I found recently and I think I prefer it - don't press the binding in half before you sew.  Just fold it over as you sew.  Previously when I pressed I'd come across a place where it wasn't pressed exactly in half, then I felt like I was fighting with it as I folded.  Also as you wrap it around, the binding folds where it naturally should.  Given the geometry it is not exactly in half due to the width of the fabric itself.  I know you'll know what I mean with your mathematical mind.  If nothing else it saves the step of pressing & makes it easier to store.

I might try gluing the corners on the next one, just to see if that helps prevent the wobble on the back.  I think the wobble is caused by sewing over the pins in combination with the thickness of the folded fabric on the miter.

Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

8/12/22

part of my problem is sewing black bindings.  no matter how bright the light it still feels like a guessing game.  I did use a chalk pencil to mark the edges this time and that did help a little.

Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

From: Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3)

8/12/22

re feathers - I know.  Practice make perfect......grin

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)

8/12/22

For some reason, even though I put stacks of squares or triangles in front of me, I just can't get the rhythm of grabbing them between the pieces for the project I'm working on.  Oh, well.  When I need a mindless project, I usually grab my strips.  I seem to have enough of those to last forever and, of course, I keep making more.

Can't wait to see a picture of your finished quilt.

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