I knew it was going to be one of those weeks, but golly, I need a day of rest! I had 3 mornings where ladies came to work on Second Time Around fabrics; and while they helped press, trim, measure, fold and price fabrics, I was able to sort through the stuff that was “not fabric”. I sorted out thread spools; separating the old wooden spools from the modern plastic. I tossed the really yucky old thread, set aside other threads to be donated, sorted boxes of embellishments, lace; rickrack and seam binding. I feel like I made some headway, but come Friday afternoon, I could not see any empty flat surface in my sewing space. I gathered up the boxes I was sorting into, and stacked them all up, and now I can see my cutting table, and my big work table again! I needed my “space” to work on Senior Quilts.
Two days this week I worked on our Senior Quilt project at church, and we managed to get 5 quilts tied. We use crochet cotton, and tie at the intersections of the 8.5″ squares.
I brought home 4 to bind, and I have a 3 day sit & sew camp this week, so that should go fairly easy! Now that the work table is cleared off, I hope to get them trimmed this afternoon.
I have made the binding for 2 of the quilts; and of course, I use my favorite method, Susie’s Magic Binding . I love this binding as it is all stitched on by machine, which is great on quilts that will get heavy use. Making it does take the “extra step” but it goes quickly.
I was inspired to “change methods” for storing the binding by a Facebook post I read today. Usually I roll it onto a cardboard tube, then stand that tube on my thread rack on the back of my machine. These quilts take about 320″ of binding.
I read all kinds of methods, and tripped over one I which inspired me. Anne Sidell – Confessions of a Serial Quilter posted about a method she uses – How to Tame your Binding – on her blog. I modified because I discovered her method and my machine were not compatible. My adaptation was to use the empty “cone” from Superior Thread to store the binding. The cone will fit on my thread rack, and I will run the binding up and over the thread stand guide of the machine. (I will post a photo when I am at that step)
I’ve got 2 spools loaded with binding for 2 senior quilts. This afternoon, I will layout the other 2 quilts, select the fabrics for the binding and get it made, and “wound” on the spools. I think I will store each spool with the quilt in a ziplock bag to keep the fraying on the edges done until I can get it attached this week. I KNEW there was a reason I didn’t throw those empty cones away. Note, I tried to roll the binding on neatly, but it got to be too thick of a spool, so I “layered” it up and down the spindle as I wrapped. Hard to make it look as pretty as the ones that Anne Sidell did using her method.
How do you “wrangle” your binding???