Friday, August 9, 2019

Week Review

It's been a full week, but I don't have much to share from the sewing room. A return of my formerly dormant P.A.D., and a subsequent doctor visit has turned my focus away from sewing.

Still, I prepped 35 kits to take to Monday's Central Florida MQG meeting, cutting Essex linen, batting, and backing fabric to make small quilt sandwiches. And also cut lengths of six different brands and weights of pearl cotton. I did all this in anticipation of sharing a Big Stitch Quilting program with my chapter. However, due to P.A.D. and a needed procedure, I'll be unable to give the program. I'm bummed, but the good news is that I'll still give the program to our chapter in 2020.

I finished quilting my selvages quilt, and sewed binding to it. It's been a while since I've shared steps for my favorite binding methods. 

As you can see, I do not cut away batting and backing before sewing binding to the quilt. The reason is that if I cut them away first, and allow only a quarter-inch for the binding seam, when I wrap the binding to the quilt back, the binding isn't "stuffed." Instead, leave the batting and backing attached until after sewing binding to the quilt. Then, lay the ruler on the machine-stitching line, trimming at 3/8". That way, the usual 1/4" and the extra 1/8" are just what's needed for a fully stuffed binding.

In this picture, I show how I sew binding to the quilt top along the line I've drawn around the perimeter of the quilt.

Also, you can see that as one step, I sew a strip of binding to one side of the quilt. Then, I sew a strip to the opposite side of the quilt. And lastly, separate strips are sewn to the remaining two sides.

By measuring one side of a quilt, and I can cut and measure a strip of binding that's exactly the same length as the quilt. They are equal, ensuring that my quilt remains square.

Here's how I handle each corner... The two ends of binding strips are machine sewn together at a 45-degree angle. 

I love that I never have to worry about hand-sewing closed each corner. All I do is poke it out!

The corner turns out beautifully.

If you've never seen this binding method, it's probably pretty intriguing. It sure was to me the first time I saw it, back in the 1990s when a Des Moines friend shared it. I've never sewn binding differently since then. 

If you'd like to try this binding method yourself, you can watch the webinar I did for the Modern Quilt Guild (if you're an MQG member). It was published September 29, 2016.

Otherwise, here's the link to my blog tutorial called No Tails Binding: Mitered Corners by Machine. Please let me know if you try it, and if you have questions! 

My hubs has the kitchen skills at our house, and here's the glorious pizza he made this past week. He calls it his "white pizza," because it doesn't have red sauce. It's technically a vegan pizza, though that doesn't have a thing to do with why we like it so much. Ingredients are: pesto, brie, monterey jack, fresh mushrooms, fresh zucchini, chopped red bell peppers, and fresh basil. 

His crust is homemade too. First thing in the morning, he makes the crust which is then refrigerated. I can tell you that he spends several hours in the kitchen when he makes this one. I'm usually in the sewing room - but I can attest that it's absolutely fantastic! 

I continue to listen to audiobooks, and for the past couple months, on and off, I've been listening to The Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. Seven titles are in the series. It's worth noting that though Mr. Lewis first wrote "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe," he later wrote a prequel called "The Magician's Nephew." I've been listening in sequential order.


1) The Magician's Nephew - Read by Kenneth Branagh. He was great! I wish he'd read them all.
2) The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
3) The Horse and His Boy
4) Prince Caspian - Read by Lynn Redgrave. She was excellent!
5) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
6) The Silver Chair 
7) The Last Battle

I've listened to the first five books (am into "The Silver Chair" right now), and I've enjoyed all of them, though a couple more than others. The first book was somewhat unsettling, as the witch really is nasty, and somewhat scary. Also, I've been a bit taken aback by the matter-of-factness about killing one's enemies. But considering that these stories were written in the 1950s, it wasn't uncommon to dispose of "bad guys." In their time, The Chronicles of Narnia are like our present-day Harry Potter series.

Of course the second book ("The Lion...") is good because it introduces the four children - Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, and the lion Aslan, most of whom appear in subsequent stories. The children get to become kings and queens of Narnia, and experience magical adventures. Thus far my favorite book has been "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" when a wall painting of a ship on the ocean becomes real. The children get wet from the ocean spray, and suddenly find themselves onboard the "Dawn Treader," where they sail away on adventures, including encountering a dragon. Loved this one!

I'm very glad I took time for these stories. When Mr. Lewis wrote them, he meant for Aslan (the lion) to be analogous to God. These stories contain many Christian messages, making them them worth book club discussion.

Quote from "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe":
“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.""Ooh" said Susan. "I'd thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion"..."Safe?" said Mr. Beaver ..."Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.”
Linda

11 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your health issues returning. Hope it will all be taken care of soon. I read the Narnia books eons ago when my kids were young. Enjoyed the series although some are better than others.

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  2. I looked up your tutorial on the binding and think I will try this soon on a small project. I think I remember seeing it before, but never got around to giving it a try. Thanks for bringing it back to my attention :)

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  3. I don't cut the excess binding away before I sew it on either. Works so much better to cut it off after!

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  4. I hope the procedure is successful Linda, and that all your health concerns are in the past. I look forward to seeing your latest quilt finish!

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  5. All the best with your health challenges, Linda. It is disappointing that you had to reschedule your presentation, but at least when the time comes you'll be all set with materials. That pizza looks terrific and I'm so impressed that he makes his own dough! I don't spend nearly the time in the kitchen that I once did, so to see his effort is impressive. Be well!

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  6. So sorry about your health issues. It's hard to believe someone who is so physically active and follows a healthy diet has this problem. My prayers are with you. Oh, that Dan! That pizza looks delicious. Having tasted some of his feasts I'm sure it was. I am so glad to be able to access the video on the binding. It's such an easier way to do it once you get the hang of it.

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  7. I'm sorry to hear about the health issues too - how disappointing on many levels. YAY for that pizza tho! YUM! And of course Narnia...I actually haven't read all of them, but a few....and seen the movies. ;-)

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  8. You glossed over your PAD a little. I hope you're ok.
    That pizza looks GOOD!
    I read the LWW series a couple years ago and I was glad I read them as an adult. So very good! I think my favourites were Magician's Nephew, Silver Chair and The Horse and his Boy.

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  9. I've been thinking about you, as I have scurried around prepping for classes, and I can only imagine how disappointing it must have been to re-schedule your prepped-up class. I hope that the PAD procedure will go well. (We'll chat via email.) Great tips on the binding--it looks really great!

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  11. I was thinking about how well you’ve been doing health wise just yesterday, Linda. I’m so sorry you’re having a reoccurrence. Gosh, it’s been such a long time. Thanks for the recap on binding quilts Linda’s Way! Maybe I’ll have a finish soon and can give it a try. Gosh, golly, gee, your selvedge quilt is so striking. I wish I had someone else with kitchen skills living at my house! But I shouldn’t complain because if I wasn’t responsible for feeding someone else, I’d probably forget to eat! I’d only snack my way through the day! Big hugs!

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