In the category of 'Walk the Walk' and 'Talk the Talk' ... I too am busting UFOs in 2013. My True Confession can be read here, as well as prior tips, because I know you don't BELEIVE I actually HAVE any UFOs... snort!
So here it is... sleeve on, binding cut and rolled ready to go, and the walking foot in the ready to be installed. Then I realized I may have NEVER SHARED how I keep my binding 'Tamed' while I sew it!
Would you like to know?
Sure.. let's get to it!
First you need a heavy-ish jar, jug or vase with a wide-ish bottom
Yes.. I do make up words as I go... don't you?
The jar.. jug... vase is to hold the binding!
But it has to be somewhat heavy-ish and wide-ish so it won't tip over
Because you put it on the floor!
Yep.. right between your feet.. or however it can work so you can still press the foot pedal.
The binding 'roll' is placed inside my jar... jug... vase
and it feeds nicely as I sew it to my quilt.
and no I don't pin the binding on in advance... why take that time? You can do it without pinning, I promise. Give it a try.
I store these old spindles in it when not in use, some have binding wrapped on them, because that is MUCH cutier than using Toilet paper rolls... am I right? Am I?
and if you want to learn how I put binding on by machine.. CLICK HERE
Here we go!! 'A Secret Garden' FINISHED!
I braved sprinkles and the threat of a downpour to run outside, pin this to the fence and take some photos for today!
A side view... you can see my quilting swirls
Someone on my Facebook page asked 'Why did it take me so long to Finish this quilt'
That's a loaded question isn't it? But I'm a professional, so let me explain how even a professional does not get a published quilt, finished, for a very very long time.
This quilt is made with my "Arabella" fabric line. Arabella is one of the ladies way back on my family tree, love this name.. oh yeah.. what happened.
When Arabella was shown at the trade show we had NO FABRIC.. NONE.. just a few scraps as the fabric did not make it in time. So that means I had NO DEADLINE... you know.. DROP DEAD DONE DATE
None... so when I finally got fabric I made "A Secret Garden'... and basted it.. and took it around with me to use for quilting demos! Then I stopped doing the demos and the quilt went on the shelf.
So now it's done.. well I have to stitch the sleeve and label, but it's in essence.. DONE!