One Block Wonder Pins Tutorial

Well, it seems to be working, my little One Block Wonder pin project. E6000 glue; quilt pins (1 3/4″) and small alpha/number beads. Next to solve the storage question. And to build J1-15 to Z1-15!

So, here is how to do this: Sort your letters and numbers and lay a bunch out; ready for glue. Apply a dab of glue to the pin shank above the letter bead and below the letter bead. Then slide the number bead  up the pin until it touches the letter.  Hold for a brief moment the shove it into wax paper covered stryroam block all the way until it makes contact with the bead.  This prevents the bead from slipping down, and any glue that might be excessive will be on the wax paper.  They pull easily out of the styrofoam after they are dry.

One Block Wonder pins

One Block Wonder pins

wpid-20150317_111710.jpgwpid-20150317_111655.jpgWell, it seems to be working, my little project.


UPDATE – It seems that someone else has written a great tutorial for this project -Nancy West has nice graphics and instructions on her blog –  My Fancy Nancy Life  .  I’m not sure if I saw this when I was looking for a method, but her project is similar to mine.  Differences is she likes  fancy pins, my pins are “very utilitarian” .  The pins she used are way more expensive than the yellow headed quilt pins I used.  (I was making lots!!!).    Of note; I bought my glue, the pins, the beads, numbers and letters, all at Hobby Lobby.


Binding with a flange

I found a tutorial for making binding with a flange last week that was just AWESOME!!! I want to share it with you; so here is the link:

When I saw this tutorial; I shared it with my friends on Facebook. I had forgotten to “save” the link in a bookmark so had to go search and search through a zillion Facebook posts until I found it. NOW…it is safely stored on my Yahoo bookmarks.

I knew that this binding would be the perfect finish to my quilt I am currently working on. It took me about an hour to cut and make this binding. I needed 14 strips (I needed about 300″), 7 red, and 7 blue. The blue is my main color, and it was cut at 1.5″. The instruction are very clear about how to join your binding in the usual manner on the diagonal so you end up with one long strip of red, and one long strip of blue.

Anyway….a little bit of ironing; a little bit of stitching; and wa-la….here is what you get for your effort…..

Blue binding with a red flange

Blue binding with a red flange

That is a sturdy cardboard tube from a roll of kitchen wrap the binding is wrapped around…keep it from wrinkling I hope while I get ready to attach it today!

SEW TICKLED with the way the binding turned out! Be sure to check out the tutorial…as this is a NO HANDSTITCH process…and that is something I LOVE!