Mar 09 2016
One of the many things I signed up for at the beginning of the year was a subscription to the Lucky Spool Mighty Lucky Quilting Club. Each month they send you an exercise to do to expand your quilting abilities. I had so much fun learning new techniques from the Meadow Mist Midnight Mystery Quilt that I figured this would be a fun way to learn even more. I’m a little behind (surprised?) but I’m getting caught up . . . at least for now. I’ll be posting February soon.
The first month was on bias tape. They have a recommended project where you make a bunch of bias tape and make blocks with it. In fact most of the techniques they give could be repeated to make quilts and even a whole quilt with them. I’d do that if I had more time because it would be a good way to get really good at a technique.
But since I don’t, I decided to just apply the bias tape to a smaller project. I’ve made bias tape for sewing projects before but not with the intention of using it for a quilt.
I made up some bias tape with some fun rainbow fabric I had bought originally for quilt binding but then never used for that. Check out the matching on that seam. Dang 🙂
I knew I wanted to spell out letters so I tested it first on just a single letter. I was testing everything:
- applying the bias tape using wonder tape to hold it in place
- how much of a curve I could put in the bias tape before I got wrinkles
- the stitching down of the bias tape — I wasn’t sure if the wonder tape would hold it or if it would catch on my presser foot (it was fine)
- the outline and straight line quilting I wanted to do (also happy with how that turned out).
I decided to bind this mini-mini for completion sake and also to test out stitch-in-the-ditch seam binding which I had wanted to try. I like how it looks.
For the actual project, I spelled out “Believe” on some Essex linen.
I quilted around each letter using my home machine and then did vertical straight line quilting. I bound it with some black and white dot fabric I had laying around.
I’m so happy with how this mini turned out and looking forward to hanging it to remind me to believe 🙂