Moda Block Heads 3 Finish!

 

Thank you all for visiting today….Today I am revealing my Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt!  

 The patterns and the layout are located at the end of this post…

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American Quilter Stitch Along
Join us in MAY 2021 to kick off the summer giving back to our veterans…

Click to Read about HOGS FOR HEROS

Also we be hosting video for this SAL as well on my YouTube Channel

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My best…

Lisa

 

Moda Block Heads 3 Quilt Along- Block 55 & 56

Uneven 9 Patch Quilt Block a tutorial featured as part of the Block Heads quilting series by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

 

 Block 55 -Wine Not?-is from Moda fabric designer Jen Kingwell.  This is a fun block but I messed it up and cut my last squares the wrong size!!  Oh well, it’s a variation! 

I wish I could say I had too much wine!LIsa Bongean

Pattern Link for Block 55

Then… here is the last Block 56– from designer Joanna Figeroa. I love star blocks so of course this was a great block all those little pieces in 4″…Click Here for block 56

I am sorry these are a little late…I had to layout all my blocks to see what my layout needed.  I know some of you are very much interested in it and I promise to get this finished and produce my layout option.  Lisa Bongean MBH3 layoutI love how it’s turning out…except I am missing one block??? (top row) and had to make an extra one for the center…LB MBH3

I just “had” to fussy cut that little anchor in the middle…I hope you loved Moda Block Head 3!   Super fun!!!!! I can’t wait to reveal my finish, but hopefully this will satisfy your need to know that I am really working on it…and…someone as obsessive as myself cannot get this far and just leave it! I am a finisher! 

…if you need to order fabric for finishing I have used the following fabrics…so far…

HERE IS THE LIGHT FABRIC I USED…this is a beautiful little basic…order a bunch!

CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER THIS FABRIC

 and if you want to order the dark greys they can be PRE-ORDERED HERE…for an April delivery…. I think you need a FQ Bundle!!!! A prize for getting all your blocks done this far!!

Oh.. I  almost forgot…here is my ” quick- make a block, so I am done” block…

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LISA BONGEAN MBH3 ALMOST FINISHED

I’ll be back soon with the grand finish!

all for now….Lisa

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Hogs for Heros…American Quilter’s Stitch Along/Prep

HOGS FOR HEROES checking in here…and we are stunned, and honored, by this beautiful effort to support our healing mission! We only just learned of Lisa’s generous plan and can hardly believe quilters across the nation will unite to sew their hearts out to benefit veterans’ healing. Thank you!

A little bit about us, because knowing who benefits from your labors is important to your heart. Hogs For Heroes is a small, WI nonprofit created by four family members, none of whom served. We do this volunteer work simply out of gratitude for those who served and sacrificed much on our behalf, and from a desire to provide struggling, at-risk Veterans with a healing alternative: wind therapy, as we Bikers affectionately call it. We raise funds to buy Harley-Davidson motorcycles for Veteran riders who, injured in the course of active duty, find themselves hurting–mentally, physically, emotionally–and unable to have a Bike in their life. We help them heal by gifting them a Harley that allows them to regain peace on the road, control in their life, clarity, pride, and joy…and equally important, support from the rider community and Veteran brotherhoods.

We know motorcycling isn’t everyone’s cup of tea… but if it’s your blood its roots run deep and make up an identity, culture, and community for its riders–all things similar to the military, and deeply missed as Veterans separate from service. It is estimated that 22 Veterans a day commit suicide; another compelling reason to offer alternative therapy with a “tool” that is well established in the military community and will support them for years to come. We direct 100% of every donation straight toward the next Bike and Veteran pairing. And because we do this work voluntarily on the side of jobs, family, and life…we thought we would be successful if we could raise funds to gift one Harley a year. Instead, in just a little over 4 years of gifting bikes, we wrapped up our 2020 season by returning SIXTEEN injured Veteran riders back to the road they love on beautiful Harleys. Each Recipient will tell you that our gift has truly changed their life and, in several cases, literally saved their lives. And while our gift is only given to one individual, its positive ripple effect impacts the lives of their spouses, families, friends, employers, and community as they find new outlets, opportunities, and support systems.

Thank you for reading through our nutshell-version to learn about our unique work. And thank you, for participating in this amazing project to support our veterans’ healing needs.

Like what you heard? Be sure to LIKE US on Facebook to stay on top of our activity and announcements! You can learn more about our work and the Veterans we have supported at http://www.hogsforheroeswi.org. And, if you’re so inclined, you can donate there too, but I know Lisa is raising funds as well with this stitch along and you may want to contribute to the Quilters effort.

🙂 Peace to all…. and best wishes as you each make these beautiful quilts!  Audra Thompson

If this doesn’t touch you?  I don’t know what does, It has even more impact seeing it in person. May 2019 I watched Rob Thede receive his bike…and with tears streaming down my face that is when I decided I was going to “try” and do this for another vet.  Believing you can is 90% of completing a goal.  It is now time to make that happen.  With this American Quilters Stitch Along WE are going to accomplish it. I hope you’re along for this ride...because I need y’all to do it!  I’m counting on us Quilter’s to make this happen!  Audra left the above info as a comment on my blog but I wanted you all to read it.  She sent this to me after I called her and explained what I wished to do.  We have set up a separate bank account for our funds raised, you will be able to directly donate to it.  I will let you know when that time comes.  But while you are waiting you can start getting ready…

American Quilters SAL/Lisa Bongean

         Here is a PDF of the following info…You may want to print it and start a binder for this project!                                                                                  Click HERE to print SAL Prep

                                                                       

★    Hey Everyone…                                                                                                              

    I am so excited you are going to Stitch-Along with us on this wonderful pattern. This quilt is so much fun and everyone will want it! You now have to decide if you are only going to make one, or more than one! Hopefully, we will be starting on time, but if our fabric is delayed we will have to push it back and start when it is possible!                                       

  I do have an underlying reason for this SAL and that is to raise money for Hogs for Heroes.    

    I hope all of you can help me do this, and we can help change lives for our military veterans. I will be posting more information about this on my blog.                                     

HERE ARE A FEW THINGS I THINK WILL BE HELPFUL WHEN MAKING THIS QUILT                                        

   The American Gatherings Fat Quarter fabric bundle. -Each FQ tower of American Gatherings bought at Primitive Gatherings is an automatic $10 donation for Hogs for Heros.                                                  

★    4 or 6 yards of fabric, for sashing, borders, and bindings. I made one quilt with blue and the other one with cream…I will be making several more with the blocks I will be making while doing the tutorials each week. I have two sizes here just in case you want to make your quilt bigger or add matching pillowcases. The four yards is enough to complete the quilt.                                                                                                                              

★    Starch – I strongly suggest you starch your fabrics prior to cutting them. I will be posting a video on How to Starch your fabrics.  Buy Heavy Duty Faultless starch in blue or purple cans, not gold.  You will need about 2 for this project.

★    ThreadsMy suggestions for threads are any of these three, Aurifil 2309 (cream) 2620            (light/med grey) and 2785 (navy). I personally do not like stitching dark fabrics with light thread…I used the navy for stitching the blue borders on the quilt blocks.                           

★    Small rulers like, 3×7, 6×6, 5×15 Itty Bitty Eights rulers. All of these rulers will be so helpful for cutting these blocks.                                                                                        

★    12½” x 12½’ Creative Grid rulers. This ruler is so helpful in squaring up your finished quilt blocks.                                                                                                                            ★

★    Simple Folded Corner ruler. This tool is awesome…especially if you like perfect blocks.         

★   Optional, but recommended…Single Hole throat plate on your machine. If you have an oblong hole on your machine where the needle goes up and down, you may want to put on a single hole throat plate. These are standard on machines that only stitch straight, but can be purchased for your machine if you do not have one. This prevents the little pieces of fabric from being sucked down into the oblong hole which is standard on machines         

 

I may share other ideas, tips, and thoughts along the way. I will be posting the block each week on here on my Blog along with weekly giveaways, auctions and other fun…do not miss out!            

 Here are all the places to join in-these are links and when clicked will take you there to sign up.

lisabongean.com-you are here…but are you signed up?               

If you are on a computer it is on the right-hand sidebar…if you are on a phone/tablet you will have to scroll to the bottom of this post to sign up…

You-tube channel- Stich with Lisa Bongean

Stitch with Lisa’s Facebook Group.                       

I encourage you to stitch along each week, share your blocks on my Stitch with Lisa’s           Facebook Group, and tag your blocks with #americanquilterssal on Instagram or other social platforms. I know lots of shops will also be hosting this as a Stitch-Along…I am hoping we can get some posts and comments from them as well as showing them all stitching together!                                                                                                           

★   ABBREVIATIONS: I like to use the following abbreviations in the pattern to help from repeating over and over.                                                                                                 

          SFC = Single Folded Corner                                                                                     

         SQ/SQ = Square in a Square                                                                                    

         FG = Flying Geese

         HST = Half Square Triangle                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

★ I will show a couple of different ways to make/stitch the blocks each week. However, you may have a preferred way and you are more than welcome to use your favorite method.           

★Cutting for Blocks: 

In the first week, I will give you the cutting for all the red and cream stripes. You can choose to cut one block each week OR stack and cut ALL of your blocks (20) for the whole quilt the first week.         

 When stacking your fabrics, pay attention to the direction of the stripes. You may want them to run the short way on some prints and/or the long way. This is certainly up to you. (But keep this in mind when you are stacking and cutting your strips.) These strips are also cut longer and will be trimmed down later. I find this much easier with this many strips involved.                                                                                                                        

 ★ Use a scant ¼” seam allowance and test it to make sure you are not too big or too small.                                                                      

 I just found out our FQ bundles will be delayed….there are so many on the order they need a little more time!.   This gives us a little extra time to gather our things and get ready….so no worries, we will start with the first block when the fabric is on it’s way to us from Dallas.   It’s a time of adaptability.  I will redo the 20 bock schedule so we have all the blocks by Memorial Day! Lisa     

Print this for the cover of your binder…there is a PDF  link button below.             

Lisa Bongean/American Quilters SAL           PDF Cover for American Quilters SAL                                                                                 

That is all for now…I hope you are as excited as I am to get this project started!     

I’ll be in touch….Lisa

 

Day 1…Needful Things…Juki Sewing Machine & acessories

Lisa Bongean 12 Days of Needful Things and Giveaways!This year is extra special…I can offer two different Juki’s…Really the same machine…but read what the 2020 Limited Editon Platinum has to offer …Both machines are offered at an exceptional price…

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JUKI celebrates 80+ with the Special Limited Collector’s Edition TL-2020 PE (Platinum Edition)! From its Platinum exterior and high-quality features, the JUKI TL-2020 PE is designed and crafted to the highest JUKI standard. Only 2,000 sets produced for the United States. In addition, you will receive a serialized, Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the JUKI President, Akira Kiyohara.

The JUKI TL-2020 PE Platinum Edition is a high-performance sewing and quilting machine. The TL-2020 PE is a single needle, lock-stitch, portable machine, constructed of aluminum die-casting to ensure industrial-quality sewing.

With advanced features, such as an industrial sub-tension system, variable speed control slider, and bright white LED lighting, this machine is built for precision sewing. With a large work area of up to 23 inches (with auxiliary table attached), the TL-2020PE can handle quilts, hard to feed materials, and home decor project with ease.

 

This is my machine that just arrived…the feet come in 2 nice boxes and there are more than the normal ones…

Now the rest of this post describes why I stitch on a Juki… This post is the same as it has been for the last couple of years….but by far the most IMPORTANT Needful Thing there is…without this machine I would not be half the Quilter I am today…read why…

Every year so far people ask…Will you please do the Juki again this year?…. so here it is AGAIN!…..by popular demand…AND you could win yours free!!!

Now I know we pretty much all have a sewing machine…or two or three or even more…But I just have to talk about the sewing machine I use 99% of the time…It is my #1 Needful thing…Most of you probably have never heard of Juki…so let me just say they are not new to the market…Juki is well known in the garment industry and are mostly industrial machines. I think I have had a Juki for about 10 years now…I also own 2 Berninas, 1060 and 1530, and a couple of featherweights…one black and one white. I confess this to you so you also know what I am comparing to and you all know I teach all across the country and have stitched on many machines.

I bought the Juki with the intention to use it as a second machine to have set up for machine quilting my little quilts, and also so I didn’t have to change the walking foot from my regular foot on my Bernina…that would have been nice, right?…Juki has entered the quilt world with a semi-industrial machine for quilters. Here are a few of the features that the Juki machines have…all-metal…no plastic bobbins, no plastic feet, comes with all sorts of feet including 2 free motion feet and a walking foot, a larger 9″ opening between the body and the arm, so machine quilting would be easier to handle. It has a nice extension table, this is nice for retreats, I have it embedded in my table usually. The machine ONLY stitches straight. Now, this might be an issue for some, but I was only going to use this for machine quilting…The fact that it only stitches straight is actually a plus…nice tension all the time, single hole throat plate. It holds large cones as well as regular thread…It has an automatic thread cutter, automatic needle threader, knee lift, and stitches 1500 stitches per minute or something like that, in other words, it is FAST. It comes with a walking foot and other feet for doing free motion quilting…I use the regular foot and stitch up against a bumper to get a scant quarter inch… Here are all the particulars from the manufacturer:

The Juki TL-2010Q is a high-performance sewing and quilting machine. The TL-2010Q is a single needle, lock-stitch, portable machine, constructed of aluminum die-casting to ensure industrial-quality sewing.

With advanced features, such as an industrial sub-tension system, variable speed control slider, and bright white LED lighting, this machine is built for precision sewing. With a large work area of up to 23 inches (with auxiliary table attached), the TL-2000Qi can handle large quilt, sewing or home decor project with ease.

Advanced Thread TrimmingJuki_TL-2010Q_FootControllerjuki_tl-2010q_footcontroller
The New TL-2010Q allows you to trim top and bobbin threads using the Exclusive foot controlled trimming system.

Just rock your heel back on the foot control, and the thread is quickly and precisely cut.

Automatic Thread Trimmer Juki_TL-2010Q_ThreadTrimmerjuki_tl-2010q_threadtrimmer
The machine is also equipped with an automatic thread button that simultaneously trims the needle and bobbin threads at the sewing end by lightly pressing the push-button.

Both the Trim Button and the Foot Controller engage the advanced Juki industrial style thread trimming mechanism.

No More Twists or QuiversJuki_TL-2010Q_SubTensionUnitjuki_tl-2010q_subtensionunit
The Sub Tension Unit ensures thread feeding to the needle is smooth, even, and twist free, no matter how thick your thread is.

It also keeps the thread from quivering when sewing at high speeds and provides accurate fine tuned thread tension.

Thread Tension ScaleJuki_TL-2010Q_ThreadTensionjuki_tl-2010q_threadtension
The machine also has the thread tension scale, which allows you to adjust the tension according to the thread and material to be used.
Maximum Speed ControlJuki_TL-2010Q_SpeedControl
The new speed control lever gives you complete control over sewing speed.

Set the speed from 200 to 1500 stitches per minute, or any speed in between for free motion, and precision sewing.juki_tl-2010q_speedcontrol

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Materials are sewn with Ease
The microcomputer-controlled, speed control mechanism, allows the machine to sew materials at low speeds. This provides for accurate feed and perfect stitching when sewing heavy weight fabric, quilting, and multiple layers of materials.

PresseJuki_TL-2010Q_PressureFootr Foot Pressure Adjustmentjuki_tl-2010q_pressurefoot
Presser foot pressure can be adjusted according to the fabric being sewn by turning a regulator located on the top of the machine.

 

 

Needle Up/Down ControlJuki_TL-2010Q_StopPositionjuki_tl-2010q_stoppositionWhen you stop sewing, the machine will stop with the needle in the down position to allow for pivoting or more accurate free motion work.

To move the needle up or down as desired, simply press the needle up/down button.

 

Truly Illuminatingjuki_tl-2010q_ledlightThe new, bright-white LJuki_TL-2010Q_LEDLightED lighting, provides an illuminated view of the sewing area and allows for more precise sewing.

Automatic Needle ThreaderJuki_TL-

 

 

juki_tl-2010q_autoneedlethreader2010Q_AutoNeedleThreader
The push lever automatic needle threader easily threads the needle without eyestrain and allows you to start sewing quickly.

 

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Easy Bobbin ReplacementJuki_TL-2010Q_BobbinReplacement

A new bobbin case latch and an enlarged bobbin case area make it easier to remove and replace the bobbin.

Nothing Free Motion Quilts Better Than  Juki quilting feetquiltingfeet
Juki’s rich tradition in quilting continues with the TL-2010Q.

The feed dog can be raised and lowered simply by depressing a switch. When quilting, the drop feed allows you to sew curved stitches with precision and ease.

Juki 1/4 Inch and 1/5 Inch Quilting Feet
The quilting feet are designed for free motion quilting and free-hand embroidery. Just lower the feed dogs and stitch away.

Juki Even Feed Foot Juki_TL-2010Q_FeedFootjuki_tl-2010q_feedfoot
With its reliable feed, the even feed foot ensures the machine’s ability to produce beautiful seams when sewing difficult-to-feed fabrics such as georgette and velvets, as well as heavyweight materials such as leather.

juki_tl-2010q_kneelifterKnee Lifter Lever Juki_TL-2010Q_KneeLifter
The knee lifter level allows you to lift/lower the presser foot without using your hands. The presser foot can be raised as high as 12mm.

 

After stitching on this machine and using it. I did not want to stitch on anything else. It “pieces” beautifully…I didn’t have to hang on to my threads at the start, the feed dogs are nice and close together and fed my little pieces in nicely. Having the single hole meant my piecing wasn’t sucked down into that oblong hole… and again…I could stitch, cut my thread with my foot(or there is a button, but I like my hands free to hold on to my patches) knee lift my presser foot and be on to the next thing…I especially love piecing triangle paper on the Juki for all the reasons I just stated…Now I know being fast really should not be an issue, right? We want to be accurate! But let me tell you, if I am stitching strips, borders or you name it…fast is handy…I tried going back to my “regular” machine to piece on…it was almost painful!!! Just shoot me…I loan this machine at The Gathering, but it comes with a warning…if you stitch with it you WILL be going home with it! I think only one person didn’t buy one after she stitched on it for a weekend…lol…They also have updated the Juki recently…I have a TL98Q (old model at home) and the new modelTL2010 Q1 I have in the studio, they have updated to an LED light…they have added a Turtle and a Hare button, if you want to control how fast it can go…and they changed the foot pedal, a bit…I love both of them and even though they are slightly different I can stitch on both on them with no problem even though they have slightly different foot pedals and controls.

So if you are ever in the market for a machine, please check out the Juki’s and you can read all the technical words I should have used to explain it. I sell only the Juki 2010Q1 at my store in WI…I could sell other machines but remember what I said, I only sell what I use…therefore I sell the Juki’s. I am placing the Juki 2010Qi on sale now until the end of the year at a special of $999-(yes…not a typo) which includes shipping too. This is a great deal. We will order more for this same price as long as you order before the end of the year. JUKI In 2017 they will go back to $1100.00  still a great price when you think about what you all get with this machine! Please allow a few weeks for delivery….  Your card will be charged as soon as you place your order with out new compliant cc processing. If you are the winner we will be crediting your card back.

SCANT 1/4″ FOOT

So for those of you who have a JUKI already andy maybe missed this last year when JUKI finally made a SCANT 1/4″ foot. Here is my article about it…

I have to admit…I was skeptical…but…I was happily surprised…I stitched a mini quilt..and it was amazing…I tried to derail it by trying to run over a dog ear…no wouldn’t do it!!! I first put my foot on and it was perfectly lined up with my usual tape bumper…so off came the tape…I happily stitched this whole mini and was very pleased!  The only thing…you have the put the other regular foot on when doing triangle paper…I managed to do TP with it on, but it was very difficult to see…and I will not do it again… we have them on sale for $45.OO.images-phpimg_9120

This year we also have added a FRONT OPEN TOE FOOT– This is for machine quilting…we all love this foot because there is no obstruction of view while quilting…much nicer…

We also have a bunch of Accessories for our machine these are a must!

Bobbins- set of 10- I can never have enough bobbins- we sell them in sets of 10.

Oh Sew Clean Brush Set- comes in three colors…nice tools for cleaning your machine!!!

I love how Kimberly from the Fat Quarter Shop made cleaning your machine a “pretty” thing…These come in three colors…aqua, red and grey…It’s grey for me!  Oh heck I will do all three…I  may have three sewing machines!

Bobbin Saver- I love this rubber holder for my bobbins…I had to buy more bobbins to fill it up…why is this bobbin saver is so awesome?   My bobbins are snuggled nice and tight in there….I love how many it holds…I think I also need more than one of these too!

Oil Spout-Juki’s need lots of oil…this handy spout works magically!

 

These are under the same post as the machines…so they are easily orderable.

Last year we sold over 50 machines… If we make it over 50 this year…one of you who purchases will get theirs FREE too!!! Those odds are pretty good!!!  UPDATE:…I decided to gift a machine no matter how many we sell this year…we have had a wonderful turnout for our last couple of events! 

I will be posting the winner for the machine on New Year’s Day, but all the other winner will be tomorrow of Christmas Day!!!  Good Luck everyone…you still have time to leave a comment on all the other days!

Click Here to order a Juki or accessories!

If you are the proud owner of a Juki…please leave a comment and let everyone here know about it!!!  So I don’t look like a just a salesman…I do not have time to be a sewing machine store…but I know the importance of having a great machine…and one you do not have to sell your soul for, so I only advertise them once or twice a year….

Thank you all for reading and purchasing from Primitive Gatherings…we are a family business whose main purpose to inspire and bring quilters the best possible fabrics, gadgets, patterns & books…

I try to give back to you with FREE patterns/give-aways tutorials/video on YouTube and Stitch-A-Long groups like Moon Garden, Moda Blockheads, and Triangle Gatherings, the Magic of Christmas, Bed turning, blog hops as so on…I hope you continue to follow and support me and my fabulous crew…words cannot describe how much we appreciate you all.

We thank you all for supporting our family business…You are all truly GIFTS to us and we appreciate you more than you know…

Merry Christmas…love

Lisa & Nick and our hardworking Staff at Primitive Gathering

Sewcialites-2-Loyal Lisa Bongean

Do you want to be a Sewcialite?

Stitch Alongs are so addicting!  You will want to sew along with this one for sure… Kimberly and staff at Fat Quarter Shop have done it again with a wonderful new project.  Each Friday there will be a new block posting…it is available in three sizes, 3, 6 & 9″ blocks.  A beautiful finishing layout, a facebook group to hangout for advice, inspiration and place to share your blocks…

Click HERE for all the info on this great project!

Click Here for a link for block 1 & 2.  I will be sharing my all my blocks each week and I started with my block so…next week I will share 1 & 3.  You all get it, sometimes we have too much and have to get what has to be done first…

Block 2 –Loyal is my block…

I am sewing 3 & 9″ blocks…

Sewcialites-2-Loyal Lisa Bongean 3″-Moda Bella Solids & 9″-Urban Farmhouse Gatherings I & II

If you wish to make your block using the same fabric I am…Here are the links…

Urban Farmhouse 1 Urban Farmhouse two is coming next Spring….Bella Solids

Here are the yardage requirements…

DOWNLOAD FABRIC REQUIREMENTS


DOWNLOAD COLORING SHEET

 

Ready to chat? Meet us in the Sewcialites Lounge

Meet your fellow Sewcialites by joining the Sewcialites Lounge on Facebook (where we will also be posting weekly updates and where you can ask questions). Follow us on Facebook, and Instagram for updates and share your progress with the #SewcialitesQAL hashtag so we can see and share your work!

The FQS team has put a lot of thought into this sew-along…I hope you join in!!!

I have a little give away planned so stay tuned as I post my blocks here each week I will be announcing soon!

my best…

 

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt!

How to make and stitch a Quilt sleeve & Binding       Part 1- machine work

I thought since we are all finishing up our quilts that this might be a great time to post this tutorial…

I put sleeves on 98% of my quilts.  You never know if someone will want to hang your quilt, quilts can be art too!  They can be hung behind beds…in large open areas on walls and I especially need them to hang on the poles at quilt shows in our booths…

Today I will share my quick and easy method.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I use the remaining backing fabric…yes..I make sure my backing is plenty big.  I cut a piece of backing off the quilted quilt. Cut it about 4-5″ (I usually rip it ) wide and as long as the top of the quilt is long.  I lay the quilt right side up on my table…determine the top, then fold the top over to expose the back.  So the quilt is laying right sides together on top if you are wondering in this photo.  If you lay the quilt upside down you are working on the sleeve up side down as well…This allows you to work on the sleeve more efficiently.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Iron the sleeve nice and flat….  I press up the bottom of the sleeve about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch..Then using Stitch Witchery cut 2 pieces as long as the sleeve is wide and place it about 3/4″ of an inch away from the edge.  Press over the edge onto the adhesive on both sides.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

This hold the edges nicely, without having to stitch them…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Center the sleeve onto the quilt and pin in place.  Flip up the sleeve bottom and place small dots of Roxanne’s Glue Baste on the folded edge…I love this size..it easy to hold on to and it doesn’t gum up with glue.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanRoll the sleeve back down and press with your hands…Let it stand for about 10 min.  Notice how I pin…The pins are holding the sleeve in place but will not be in my way when I am stitching the binding on.  Also note, that the top of the sleeve will get stitched into the quilt when the binding is stitched on by machine…After the binding is hand stitched to finish it, you will then hand stitch the folded edge of the sleeve with thread that matches the backing…in this case, cream.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

preparing your binding:

Meanwhile, prepare your binding (while the glue dries) if you have not already done so…I use 2″ wide binding on most of my quilts.  My binding is the same on the front as it is on the back, I stitch it on 1/4″.  Not any bigger…I do not want to cut off any points if I have piecing on the edge.. If you cut your bindings larger than 2″ where does that extra go?  My bindings are nice and full and the fold comes just over the stitching line on the back.

to figure out how much binding you need:

Take both lengths, and both widths of your quilt.  Add them together.  Divide this number by 40″.  This is how many strips to cut…If it is 6.5.  Cut 7 strips for example.

 

Lay your strips rights sides together and stitch across them diagonally…as shown.  Use the same color thread and shorten your stitch length.  I used lighter thread here so you could see…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Trim off the excess 1/4″ away.  Press seams open.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

I also turn up the straight edge to form a point as shown below here at the beginning of the binding.  This 45 degree crease will be the stitching line when attatching the end to the start of the binding.

I roll up my binding and place it on my sewing table by my machine.

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

These are the threads I will use for stitching this binding, Red Auriful for sewing it to the quilt by machine.  Then Hand Quilting thread to finish hand stitching it to the quilt. You need a stronger thread on quilts that are going to be used.  Binding needles are the best…they are long, super sharp, nice eye for threading and do NOT bend.  Try them you will love them!  Most people just use whatever needle is in the pincushion to hand stitch their binding…if you have the right needle hand binding is most enjoyable!

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Stitching binding on by machine

Start by leaving a tail about 10″ long with the folded 45 degree point as the start…I like to start near a corner about 5 ” away, leaving that 10″ un-stitched at the beginning.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Place a pin in the quilt at 1/4″ away from the edge…Stitch to the corner stopping at the pin 1/4″ away from the edge.  Pivot and stitch off the edge.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Fold up the corner forming a 45 degree angle and finger press this down flat.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Start at the edge of the quilt and stitch…keep stitching repeating at each corner.  How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

When you are coming close to the 10″ strip that is not stitched at the beginning, stop about 8″ away from this point.  How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Place a pin in the quilt where the beginning has been smoothed out along the edge where it will eventually be stitched. I place the pin a smidge before the point to stretch it a bit.  I would rather have too tight a binding then too loose.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Now lay the end of the binding strip along the edge of the quilt over the beginning of the binding.  Take the pin you placed previous and put it in the the top strip exactly where it is but only on the top layer of the binding…so you still can open it up..How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Now think Point to Pin…That point of the beginning is going to be place directly on the at pin.  Lay that beginning binding right sides together point to pin as you turn it, open it and lay it right sides together…as shown below…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Move the pin over on the right side of the pressed diagonal line.  Stitch the diagonal line.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanIMG_0112 How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Remove the pin and test if the binding is correct…then cut the binding 1/4″ away from the seam.  Finger press it open.

Lay it out on the quilt edge…How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa BongeanHow to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Stitch the remaining part of the binding down.How to attach a quilt sleeve & binding to a quilt, a tutorial featured by top US quilting blogger, Lisa Bongean

Now you are ready for hand stitching the binding!

Look for the Hand Stitching Part 2 of this picture tutorial soon!

I will place this post up in the tutorial part of my blog for future reference…Have a great week Everyone!

STITCH Everyday!

Lisa