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{Mini Tutorial} Let the Tape be my guide

I've read about painter's tape used as a quilting guide and got a chance to try it out today. The thing is the painter's tape which available is not of good quality and I don't have a masking tape. I have cello tape. That should do, right?

Now if you use this tape, don't press it so much, as it works only as guide. You don't want any residue sticking across your quilt, right?


Remember the edge of the foot should fall exactly in the edge of the tape
Don't put the foot on the tape
because it's slippery and the foot won't glide. I did that in the beginning 
and had to struggle a bit

So, I finished quilting it quite fast . I am not very good in eye-balling my stitch, so this tape is really my savior.

Now I want to do that wavy curvy stitch for the border
and here's what I do

1. I cut the used tape (it's got batting all over it so it's not sticky => easy to cut) according to what I want to do


2. Change my foot to darning foot {R foot in my Husqvarna Viking machine}


3. Set the machine for Free Motion Floating and I'm good to go


There you can see the wavy curvy line ^_^


here's another idea


What do you think? 

I recently found that standing and quilting is much more comfortable. It's easier to maneuver the quilt and easier on my shoulder too. That way, I can see my stitches better too. Well, I get a bit tired standing but then you can always take a break in between.  


Now the quilt is ready for binding


Oh I love the corner part.

Well, I hope you enjoy my mini tutorial ^_^
Remember, there is no right or wrong in quilting

Until then

Happy Quilting









{TUTORIAL} Mini Quilt Mitered Corner Binding



Here a picture tutorial on how I (usually) do my binding. Before binding your quilt, few things you must remember :
- if you use cross cut binding - that is you cut your binding across the width of fabric (WOF) - you have to make sure grain is straight. 

- Depends on the thickness of your quilt, cut your binding fabric either 2.25" or 2.50" x WOF

- Attach your binding by machine on the FRONT SIDE of the quilt

Let's start:
I always fold diagonally in one end 


and then fold and iron the strip

 I always start my binding from the middle. 
The clip really helps to hold it together if you hate using pin
This folding outward-inward is tricky
do it neatly, since this will decide how your mitered corner will look in the end

Once you get use to it, you can do it pretty quickly

the pink dot is your pit stop ^_^

my fave foot. It's great for binding too since it holds up the binding pretty well


Remember, always start sewing the binding 3" from the beginning of your strip

When you reach the corner, put the needle up, turn your quilt, flip the folded fabric up and start sewing from the top.
Continue to do that in all 4 corners


When you reach the end of your binding, trim *sorry for the misspelling there * the excess fabric and insert it inside the diagonal


A little trick : I usually sew few inches from the top, stop, put my needle down and pull the end of the binding inserted inside the diagonal, neaten it and clip it.


Now, you're done attaching your binding, it should look like the pic below


Iron it out. This ironing part will give a  crisp look and also even out the binding

Forgot to take the pic with the same binding LOL. Anyway this part is important. DO NOT trim too much. I normally just eyeball it. It should be not less than 1/4". Sometimes - in my case it's "always" - the seam is not even. so, carefully trim it. 

Please don't mind the cutting mat. I know I need a new one 


turn it around, put lots of clips.


Now, put on your favorite serial, pick up your needle and thread and start stitching it using a slip stitch. Before you know it, you're done. Now you can admire your nicely mitered corner 


I hope this tutorial will help to clear some questions you might have. It's pretty simple, you just need a little practice and patience, and sometimes a cup of coffee and a good kdrama ^_^

Happy  Binding ^^

*** As usual, message me if you have any questions ***



Nice and Bright Quilted iPad Sleeves

I love the process of making this sleeve


The moment she said she wanted something in fuchsia, orange and blue
I started pulling fabrics from my stash
you won't believe it, Indian fabrics have a LOT of shades of fuchsia


I was like "which one is more fuchsia, should I go for the darker one or the lighter one"
she wanted something like the coasters


Once I decided on the fuchsia and orange batik, I had to pull out blue fabrics
again it was a battle for me
And I found this solid blue cotton hidden in my solid stash
just the right one!


I like to hand sew my binding
unless it's a big quilt ^o^
I always leave the hand sewing part at night
when I can quietly sew and watch my favorite drama


ah now, it's done and delivered
it's a good feeling to think that I - who live in the corner of North East India - made something for someone so far away


"if there's a will, there's a way"
Now I truly believe it! 

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This iPad sleeves is SOLD but I still  have the fabrics.
If you need one, simply drop me a line in my SHOP 

I tried making cover for my button jar
not as good as I wanted it to be but that's fine ^^
(my friend Agnes said "Now even your jar is wearing a kaffiyeh" LOL")


and I made a keys cover from the little remnants. 
Someone is going to have that cover ^^. I hope she will like it.

Until then

Happy Quilting


{SWAP} having fun with mug rug

Second Fun is I joined this mug rug swap in Desi Quilters.
We have to make 2 mug rugs for our secret partner
Ah, it's been a while since I do swapping

I have this postage stamp blocks, so I decided to make from those blocks.
I wanted to make something modern 
and here's the result:

This was inspired by Suzuko Koseki book. I love how simplicity can be really pretty. The red riding hood was a last min addition. While I was straightening the block, I saw this Red riding hood strip peeking from my scrap bin and voila, it gives a cute addition, doesn't it?


I have a little left of the pink roses fabric and I thought it would be nice as a backing and binding.
Quilt it using straight lines 1/2" apart. 

Second mug rug, I was thinking of doing the same, then I saw the star strips from the wallet I'm making, so why not make a star roof?  


My son said "Hello Kitty in the house" (see that hello kitty in the second row?)
The grey fabrics are left over binding strips from my wallets.


so there they are
Who ever receive it, I hope it will bring some cheers in their house ^_^

One more thing
The pink bunny and cat wallet is done and delivered 


but it's still available for custom order in the SHOP

Now, I'm back on doing few custom orders due this week. 

...All I wanna do is have some fun...
...I got the feeling I'm not the only one...

Happy Quilting


Hello December

Time flies when you're having fun
This is one fun I had in the past week

Mini table topper made for Desi Quilter's Spread Some Cheers which sponsored by The Square Inch. This program is to help raise fund for Swanthana, a home for physically and mentally challenged girls based in Bangelore. If you'd like to participate, you can read more further information HERE

I sent this cheerful table topper to sell at the school fairs and the proceed will go to the Home. Hopefully it will fetch a good sum. 


I made this based on Quilting in the rain's Book "Quilt as you go made modern
It's very addictive. I plan to do the quilt along, but I will take my time. It's going to be my fun projects. 



You know when you're doing the same thing all the time and you need to recharge by doing something fun. 

I tried different decorative stitches here and it was a lot of fun!!


 I always love Rita of Red Pepper Quilt's binding and how fab it is. If you notice, my project always take a long time to complete, that's because I took a long time to decide what backing and what binding will work best. Sometimes I even mulling over what quilting line should I do. 
Especially for small quilts, I am extra careful in choosing my fabric combo.

 What about you? What fun did you have?

Until then,

Happy quilting