About handwroughtquilts

Nicole. Quilts. Handmade. Awesome.

Binding

…for days. Or metres if you’d rather.

When you have *six* quilts to bind (see this post) you also need binding. I made some 28? 29?m of binding recently.

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The floral, solid teal, and B+W stripe (top down) are all a 2.5″ WOF straight of grain binding. I actually made the floral aaaaaages ago. Still hoping to get that quilt done sooner or later.

The last one in the pile is also a 2.5″ but I made a bias binding, my second ever. I scored a purple/turquoise shot cotton from a thrift store a few years ago and thought it would look good on the bias. I haven’t bound that quilt yet so idk, but I’ll keep you posted.

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The striped binding is interesting because it’s an irregular (pattern) and uneven (wobbly) stripe. I matched as best I could. Sometimes it went well, and other times less so. This binding is for a generic kids quilt so I’m not overly fussed.

 

Now that I have bindings prepped, I should trim my quilts and get them finished right?

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Levelling Up

I’ve spent most of my free time in July quilting a few tops, which has been both exciting and fulfilling. That’s the good news.

The less-good news is that I now have SIX quilts to bind. To be honest, three of those are not recently finished quilts.

While I *can* fit a queen size quilt on a floor in my house it’s rather a pain to move lots of furniture and all that. So I called on some volunteer contacts and made use of a local community hall to spread out ALL THE QUILTS.

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And since I have six quilts to trim I decided to splurge and get some proper, helpful tools to get this done easily.

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Colour is off. The toes are actually fluorescent orange. 

I bought a pair of Bosch “level squares” which basically shoot a right angled laser 10m away. I don’t make quilts that big but wow are these helpful! I also bought a carpenter’s square and am using my university era cutting mat as the last right angle. Big splurges but I feel like such a grown up quilter now!

I used this pretty good tutorial from Mandalei Quilts for the level squares. While she marked her quilt edges with painters tape I used a Clover brand chaco liner (the weird blue pen thing in the above picture) and my regular ruler.

I will share more later about the actual process but for now, I have really freakin’ straight-edged and crisp-cornered quilts!!!

I’m also linking up with Michelle because I’m just so darn thrilled and proud!

2019 Finish-A-Long Q3 lists

 

Hello everyone! It is time for Quarter 3 of the Finish-A-Long (FAL)!

As you can see, a new quarter of the Finish-A-Long is starting today.  If you missed participating the first half of the year, you can join us now for a brand new start. Those of you who did join us for the first and second quarter, thank you and I do hope you finished some things and plan to continue on with us for Q3.

So let’s get to it!

You can now link up your list of projects that you want to finish in Quarter 3 of 2019. We are hoping that the FAL community will inspire you to work on your unfinished projects this quarter, and to get them finished!

Our 2019 Finish-A-Long Hosts

The 2019 FAL is hosted by a great community of bloggers. This year our hosts are:

For those of you who are new to the FAL, here is an explanation: The Finish-A-Long is a community aiming to motivate and encourage each other to complete those unfinished projects that are hanging around, sometimes for far too long. At the start of the quarter you post and link up a list of projects you hope to finish in the next three months. Then, at the end of the quarter, you link up each successful finish from your original list.

Each linked up finish is an entry into the draw for wonderful prizes from our sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing a listed project, so feel free to make your list as long or as short as you wish. The 2019 Schedule and Rules for the FAL are on my permanent 2019 FAL page, let me know if you have any questions.

Our 2019 Finish-A-Long Sponsors

Here are the fantastic and generous sponsors for Q3 of the Finish-A-Long. you can see each of their prizes listed under their logo. Please think about visiting them and saying thank you for their their support of the FAL.

Aurifil Logo

Winner’s Choice of 1 Large 12 Spool Collection


Sew Sweetness Logo
$80 Gift Certificate

Mad About Patchwork Logo
$50 Gift Certificate

Fat Quarter Shop Logo
$50 Gift Certificate

Sew Me a Song Logo
$25 Gift Certificate

Happy Quilting Logo
3 PDF Patterns

2 PDF Patterns

Blossom Hearts Quilts Logo
2 PDF Patterns

Make Modern Logo
1 Six Month Subscription

Bonjour Quils Logo
2 PDF Patterns

Hillstitches Logo
$30 Fabric Voucher
2019 Finish-A-Long Logo

Make your Q3 List of Unfinished Projects

So now it is time to sort out the projects/UFOs/WIPs that you want to finish over the next three months. Take a photo of each one and make your list. If you like you can use our Finish-A-Long Planner to list your projects and keep track of progress. It also has all link-up dates for the year, and the hashtags that we would use. Or use any method that works for you. Please ensure that you have at least STARTED your projects – pulled fabric with a pattern is considered a project started – and remember it is only a FINISHED project that will get you an entry toward the above listed prizes. So while we love to see your bee blocks, the “finish” is when they are a completed, usable project.

Post Your Q3 List

Post your list either on your blog, on Instagram, or on Flickr if you prefer. If posting on social media (Flickr, Instagram), it will be very helpful if you tag your list with #2019FALQ3yourname (where yourname is unique to you). Using the same hashtag over the quarter when sharing project progress or finishes helps the host to make the connection to your original list quickly and easily.

IMPORTANT:
Don’t forget to link up your finishes at the end of the quarter! We will be posting a reminder on the blog and on Instagram, but do keep an eye out…

Link-up Your Q3 List

The 2019 Q3 link for your list of proposed finishes is now open below, on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs. You need only link your list once, on ONE host blog, and the link will show up on all the host blogs. If you are using Flickr or Instagram, post a mosaic of your projects and put your list in the description. Don’t forget to include your unique hashtag.

If you need a little help, Katy of The Littlest Thistle has a great tutorial on how to link up if you need it, and Marci has a post on how to link up from Instagram.

Join the FAL Community

We also ask that you become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others – visit and comment on their lists. We all need encouragement to get those finishes done, so please share some of your own too.

If you want you can follow us on Facebook: Finish-A-Long and/or on Instagram: @finishalong, too. We’ll post encouragement during the quarter and reminders when the finishes link up opens at the end of the quarter.

When creating your list there is one thing to remember – No deductions for not completing something so – Aim High! Nothing to lose!! Well now, get that list together and get linked up.

LET THE FUN BEGIN!

Feel free to use and share the FAL button at the top and this one too:

Remember: you only need to link up at ONE hosting blog and it will automatically show up on all hosting blogs.

I’m in trouble now…

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This my friends, is a pile of six quilted quilts, all of which need trimming and binding. I have one binding cut and four more fabrics ready. I’m not sure yet about the sixth binding but I suppose I can leave that one until last.

It’s a good problem to have. If you need me, I’ll be over here doing some hand binding. Any suggestions for good shows to watch?

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Heads up for regular readers: the third quarter of the Finish-A-Long opens tomorrow so there’ll be a post very soon about that.