Put a stop to the endless rearranging of hot pads and trivets on a buffet table with this Jumbo “Hot Spot” Table Mat. Cover the entire buffet with this “Hot Spot” and it is easy to adjust dishes and keep the buffet surface protected.
Simple to make with the following materials.
1 1/2 yards each 100% cotton top and back fabrics
1/4 yard 100% cotton binding fabric
1 1/2 yards Insul-brite
Thread to match fabrics
Prewash fabrics and press. Cut one piece from each fabric the width of the Insul-brite (about 23 inches). You may adjust the size to fit your table space.
Layer back, Insul-brite and top. Trim ends square and even. Back and top fabrics will probably shrink and shift some, and you want it to do this before you sew and bind.
Mark some lines to quilt, or stencil a design to quilt. You don’t have to quilt closely as Insul-brite is well bonded.
Secure the layers with quilters safety pins. Use a walking or even-feed foot on your sewing machine to quilt along lines you have marked. Or machine quilt freestyle.
Use a binding fabric that goes with both sides for a reversible “Hot Spot”. I chose sunflowers for late summer and fall, and poinsettias for Christmas for this one. The first one I made is Christmas on one side and Valentines on the other. I am planning Easter and summer flowers for the next one.
Knife Edge Finish is the method of finishing a hexagon edge when binding is not used.
First, press under the 1/4 inch seam allowance on hexagon edge before removing the foundation paper. Then after the quilting is completed, hand baste about 1/2 inch from pressed edge.
Second, working in about 2 foot sections, trim backing and batting 3/8 inch (a little more than 1/4 inch) from the pressed edge of the top. Then trim the batting very close to the pressed edge of the top.
Third, clip the backing to the batting edge at the inside “corners”. Tuck backing over batting under the pressed edge of the top. Pin or Wonder-clip in place. I use an applique stitch to secure edges. Wonder-clips are worth the investment for a project like this, as they keep your work flat and you can nudge them along as you stitch and keep the fabric secure.
Cut 7 3/4 to 8 inch circles of fabric for blossoms. Fold circle in half with the grain. Place TR600 Coin Ruched Blossom Guide on folded circle with etched dash line on the fold. Mark with your favorite marker. I use Mircon Pigma, Frixion or ceramic mechanical to mark the scallops and the dots.
Open circle and place etched dash line on the fabric fold line, lining up the center dot to mark the other half of the circle.
Thread a milliner needle with matching hand quilting thread and knot. Fold raw edge under so folded edge is at the point of any scallop. Sew a 1/4 inch running stitch around each scallop, turning the raw edge under as you go.
Sew around last scallop but do not knot or finish off.
Patterns will call for specific sizes. Measurement is taken across the gathering line. This one measures 3 inches.
Looks like a little pilgrim bonnet at this point.
Use basting glue or 4 quilters pins to position blossom. Then with milliner needle and hand quilting thread, stitch between each petal to applique in place.
Find the center dot and stitch in place, by coming up and back down in nearly the same spot, then repeat for all the other dots, in any order you come to them.
Or you can stretch them out with the petals all together to make tulips.
Need a quick gift for a new baby? These quick, perfect size burp cloths are easy to make and you get two from two fat-quarters.
Place two prewashed flannel fat-quarters right sides together and press smooth.
Cut two 10 inch by 17 inch double pieces from pressed piece.
Sew around each burp cloth set using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Leave a 2 1/2 inch opening for turning. Turn each set right side out and press. Then top stitch 1/4 inch from outside edge to hold in place. You may also do some top stitching in the body of the burp cloth to keep the layers smooth.
Binding a scallop edge quilt, is not hard but it does require some preciseness in sewing and making up your mind to take your time. Don’t rush, sew carefully and you will end up with lovely even scallops. And, you must use bias binding.
Many goals occupy my mind, new quilts, finish UFOs, keep the public part of the house “company ready” and, an organized studio, are just a few of my goals. Blog posts are another thing I want to keep up with this year.
Pictures are the most exciting part of any blog, and pictures are the slowest part of posting. It is the editing that slows me down. So for today, and old picture, but if all goes well by Friday, new pictures.
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Selecting the right binding and finishing technique for your quilt is important. Whether you are making for yourself, as a gift or entering is competitions, how the quilt is finished plays big in first impressions.
This little quilt was made by Carol Williams and machine quilted by Kathy Conway. A Challenge at Quilt Til You Wilt, in Odessa, WA, several years ago, had Carol receiving my bag of scraps to create a quilt top and she made cats, knowing I like them. I asked Kathy to quilt before it is finished, including it in my experiment of embellishing after quilting. Kathy did a beautiful job.
Now the kitties will get faces and whiskers, and some coin ruched and gathered blossoms to lounge among.
Your part in this project is to select a finishing option. A. scrappy binding, as on the left side in the photo. B. brown stripe that matches the skinny border, as on the right. C. the pink border fabric. D. since I have not trimmed the quilt, I could add another narrow border of the brown strip and finish with the scrappy binding.
Please vote for your selection, or make other finishing suggestions in the comments below.
Quilts that get folded the same way all the time, develop creases that won’t come out. Folding quilts on the bias, helps prevent this, and it is easier to fold to a size that fits in your storage space.
First, lay the quilt to be folded, pretty side down on a bed or large table. Grasp any corner and bring it to within 3-4 inches of the opposite edge.
Next, working clockwise, grasp the point just made and bring it 3-4 inches past the opposite edge.
Then, still working clockwise, grasp the next corner and bring it 3-4 inches within or just past the folded edge, or as in the photo below, I have folded so the edge to the front of the picture is twice the width of the shelf I will be placing it on.
Now grasp the fourth corner and bring it to within 3-4 inches or just past the folded edge. My shelves are 18 inches deep so this bias fold is 18 inches from the front edge.
Why 3-4 inches within or just past the point or edge? It prevents you folding in the same place, as it is harder to guess the same each time.
If your quilt is bigger, you may need to fold the quilt in half a couple of times, but all your folds will still be on the bias. Here is the quilt folded in half once to fit my selves.
You notice the quilt is folded pretty side out? This makes any creasing that might happen if something heavy gets piled on the quilts be on the backside of the quilt. If you are concerned about them getting dirty, store each quilt inside a cotton pillowcase.
I am a prewash every fabric person. I want the sizing removed for applique and the grain of the fabric to relax and straighten out. This trick makes washing those large pieces easy and you don’t get wadded up wrinkles.
Open up the fabric all the way so it is a single layer. Accordion fold along one selvage edge, about 15-18 inches wide. Using rust free quilting pins, pin through all layers, every 2 inches. DON’T pin the other selvage. Wash, either by machine or by hand.
When it comes from the washer, it will look a mess. DON’T try to straighten it out. Just toss it in the dryer and dry.
When it is dried it will look better, but not much. Don’t panic. Rummage around in the fabric until you find the selvage edge where the pins are. Grip that in both hands and start shaking. After a dozen or so good brisk shakes, most of the folds will have returned to the right spot with no twisted up wrinkles.
Here we have, washed and shaken out fabric. No wrinkles and very few frayed threads on the cut edge.
Applique, ruching and dimensional embellishments of quilts