When I do stuff; I often get carried away. I started these in July last year. I had a lot of batik scraps and strips. Making blocks that just seem to multiply. Scrappy sewing fun! Maybe I should have turned the blocks into a quilt as you go project; but then again; maybe not. I did a table runner; but still had lots of blocks, so I had a lot of fun making some wonderful placemats last September.
Then, life got busy. A few months ago I managed to get the binding on enough to “set the table”. That was February I think.
I still had a stack of 12 to tackle. and they languished. Post quilt show; I have been trying to tackle some of these languishing projects. Mostly to get the baskets of projects off the floor under the design wall!! My first 6 that I bound a few months ago had very scrappy binding.
I made some binding for the placemats “a while back” but never got “round to putting it on”. And I quickly realized it wasn’t enough. I realized I better just break down and cut some yardage to get more bound. I feel like I’ve I’ve spent the last week making miles of Susie’s Magic Binding. ) It is that wonderful 2 piece binding that you machine on and it looks terrific on most projects.) So, beginning last weekend, I used what was already made; and then got out some yardage to make more. Once I had a bunch made, I grabbed a placemat and the roll of binding and got started.
6 are the same and one is different……. (Did I mention I needed a LOT of binding?)
I never really sat down and calculated just how much I needed until I ran out after the first 6 in the picture above. Then I started back in with the scrappy binding. (That is why the top one is different) After all; I still had a LOT of strips to play with.
So; a few more feet of binding got made yesterday (34 feet I think) and I am ready for another few days of binding. It takes me about an hour start to finish each one. The join takes me longer than anything else honestly if I am not focused. I use the “binding tool” and have discovered it (or me) leaves too long of a tail, so I baste; fit; adjust; trim; baste etc. The ONLY hard thing with Susie’s Magic Binding is LINING up the flange at the join. I get lazy and forget to put a pin through both layers. After screwing around with 1 placemat on Thursday and messing up the join, my memory returned. I stick a pin right where I want the line of the flange to be and it works every time. That made the last 3 I stitched yesterday work well.
These 5 are ready and waiting for available sewing time!
That will be the “end” of this strip / scrap batik project. Afterwards; I think the remaining strips will go into a box with similar colors for string blocks, down the road.
What are you working on this weekend?