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Topic: Lap Bunting Quilt (And why I am looking up alternatives to Bias tape)  (Read 1304 times)
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VintageMissRRT
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« on: January 08, 2012 05:30:09 PM »

I was invited a week ago to a baby shower held today (way to go short notice!). I was on the fence about whether I should go or not, because I am firends with two of the girls sisters, not the mom-to-be herself (who is a very bitter and mean person), and it seems like anyone who had ever said hi to the sisters got invited. I decided I should start making something either way because if I did go, I would have a present and if I didn't go, I could send the gift to a friend of mine whwo just had her second child. 

Well, long story short, I decided not to go. I also decided not to send the quilt to my friend. Why? Well two reasons really. One, I loved it too much to part with it. Two, I screwed up something bad on the binding. IDK what it is about me and bias tape being used as binding on a quilt, but I always screw it up (although you can't see it much in this picture)

Any who's, here it is:


I gotta give credit to my inspiration, even though I didn't use their patterns:
http://helpinglittlehands.blogspot.com/2012/01/bird-and-bunting-quilt-with-pattern.html
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iliveonarainbow
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2012 06:33:27 PM »

That's really cute! I love all the different fabrics you used.
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SimplySandy
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2012 02:05:55 PM »

You're quilt is really cute and I can see why you wanted to keep it for yourself.  When binding your next quilt try using 2 1/2 inch fabric strips.  Fold in half lengthwise and iron.  Attach the binding raw edges to raw edges to the front of the quilt.  Then turn the binding over to the back and slip stitch it down by hand.  Hope this helps.
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2012 12:50:20 PM »

You're quilt is really cute and I can see why you wanted to keep it for yourself.  When binding your next quilt try using 2 1/2 inch fabric strips.  Fold in half lengthwise and iron.  Attach the binding raw edges to raw edges to the front of the quilt.  Then turn the binding over to the back and slip stitch it down by hand.  Hope this helps.

I think I might try this, thanks! I'm still relatively new to quilting so I am learning as I go.
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crazymimisews
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2012 12:03:41 PM »

Your quilt turned out really cute! I love the birdie on the bunting!
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Eamea
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2012 02:21:19 PM »

How cute! 
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2012 04:54:24 PM »

This looks great!
Following on from SimplySandy very useful comments ->
To help with the hand stitching on the back I also iron a 1/4" fold into the side of the fabric you hand stitch.
This takes a little more time witht the iron but seems to make the hand stitching less fiddly.
To do this
1. Draw a 1/4" line onto a piece of thin cardboard (like an office folder or cereal box front)
2. Lay the material back side up on the ironing board.
3. Place the cardboard on the top of the material, 1/4" down from the edge your going to hand stitch.
4. Iron the material towards you, over the cardboard lining it up with the drawn 1/4" line
!Turn the steam off otherwise you'll get hot fingertips!

When you doing the hand stitching you can easily turn this 1.4" fold under, pin it in place if required and hand stitch it.
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