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Tuesday Tip! Tips for Right After You Piece a Quilt

Hello!Today’s tip is about that happy moment you’ve just finished piecing the top.

Immediately afterwards, I prepare my binding.  I mean *immediately* afterwards.  Before fabric is put away, before I fold up the top, I do a quick measure, cut my binding, prepare & roll it up.

Cut Binding

I do this for several reasons-
1.  Based on some past experience, if I wait until after it’s quilted, who knows where I’ve put the fabric- honestly, who knows if I haven’t used it in something else. (I may have, um yeah, done that more times that I’d like to admit.  At least I finally learned!)
2. When I’m done quilting, the finish line end of the project seems so close that I want to apply that binding as fast as possible before I lose momentum- I mean, really- we’re talking about finishing a UFO here folks!
3. Because I had to measure for the binding, I know how big I need to make the backing.  Now when I’m out & about, I know how much yardage to look for when spying the sale fabrics.  (note, I use sale fabrics on my backings.  They may or may not match the top of the quilt.  I’m ok with this.  It gives my quilts character.  I’m also not a matchy-matchy person in real life.  My favorite quilts are the ones with the wild Hawaiian fabric for backings that don’t relate to the quilt top at all.  I should do a backing quilt show for you all.)

In chatting with my friend LuAnn about this tip earlier today, she mentioned she likes to make the binding right after piecing too, but she also (& she’s ever so clever for this!) pins a note on the quilt with the size, so she can reference it later for when she’s loading it onto her longarm, or needing a specific size for a present….  LuAnn has some great tips!

Here’s my pile o’ bindings.  Since they’re so different I can tell which goes with which quilt, but you might want to pin a note reminding you what quilt top it belongs to!

Pile O' Binding

June Classes!

I’m very excited about June’s classes at A Quilting Place!

First, on Saturday, June 15 from 8am-12 noon, I will be teaching “Better Borders & Bindings.”  This will be a great class where you will learn the correct way to apply borders as well ways to improving bindings.  Feel free to bring in your quilts that need borders!  Cost: $10

Then on Monday, June 17 from 6-9pm I will be teaching how to make a quilted grocery bag dispenser.  This is a great way to showcase that beautiful fat quarter you can’t bear to cut as well as adding some color to your pantry!  Quilted or unquilted, these work up very fast & you might be able to get a head start on Christmas presents!  Cost: $15

If you are interested in either class, call Jackie at 402.884.2096 to reserve your spot!