Ruffle Binding and ContestFriday, March 19, 2010
Remember this quilt from last July? Click here for the link. Scroll down to June 20th and July 1 for the pattern.
I promised to show how to put a ruffle binding on a quilt last July. So finally here are some pictures to give you an idea.
Make your quilt and quilt it. I cut strips 3 1/2" wide x the width of fabric. (The ruffles for Barb's star quilt are cut wider. I will check with her tonight and let you know the cutting measurements of her ruffle tomorrow.) Gather the ruffle and sew it to the edge of the quilt top. I gathered 45" at a time and then sewed it to the top and then gathered another 45" ....continued this technique until the ruffle was sewn in place. I did it this way to prevent tears that would be sure to come if my gathering thread broke. (If only I had one of those ruffle attachments for my sewing machine.) Gather the ruffle your favorite way. It's not my way or the highway here!
The ruffle is sewn in place. You can tell I really need something to cover up the seam allowance.
I cut strips 1 3/4" x the length of fabric for a facing. Sew the strips together to get the length needed for the quilt top. The ruffle is sandwiched between the quilt top and the facing. Sew the facing in place as shown above.
After the facing is sewn in place, fold it over to the back of the quilt top.
The ruffle will immediately pop up in place as the facing is folded to the back.
Iron the facing and ruffle. This view is the back of the quilt top.
Turn under a hem in the facing and blind stitch it down. It's really not too hard.
And really adds a sweet touch to this quilt.
Our engagement calendar is at the Kansas City Star's warehouse! I had to drive by and pick up some right away. This is for the year 2011. ( I had to tell you that because usually Barb and I run a bit late....didn't want you to think it was for 2010.)
It's set up as a weekly calendar. One picture per week. I photographed some of the sewing and needlework items in my collection. I never imagined in a million years that I would do the photography for something like this. (After doing about 15 loads of laundry per week for 20 years...it really limits what you believe can happen in your life.) I wish I could give every one of you a calendar....but I only have 5 to give away.
Sign up in the comment section...only one entry per person...I will do the random number generator thing and announce the winner on Sunday morning. Good luck to you all!