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New Toys and Finishing A Big Project

Went over to Stefanie's to sew yesterday, but we got a late start - had to do a little shopping - oh darn. Well we started off at JoAnn cause I needed some Peltex 70 for my post cards, ATC, and inchies. I used to put batting in them and got the suggestion from a member of Quilt With Us to use this and it's 100 times better. Ads the stiffness I need and is very easy to free motion over and the edges look wonderful when you ziz zag them. Another thing I'd heard about and wanted was this pencil from Fonts & Porter. So I am testing it on this postcard. As you can see the marks show up great and the eraser does work and takes off all the mark even on this black fabric. It's a great little tool.

Stefanie had been using these clips to hold her binding when sewing and when she ordered more for herself I said oh get me some and I got them yesterday and used them today to finish up this quilt.

They really speeded up the process of binding - not something I enjoy at all. Ranks right up there with cutting, but a must all the same. They open easy with one hand and come off with one hand too while you are sewing. I always fear pins being dropped worrying about the "babies" stepping or rolling over them. Then of course there is always me sticking myself about a dozen times while moving the quilt around.

Every time I move the sewing cabinet away from the wall to do any bigger quilts there are always a few lost butter fly pins on the floor back there. These are bigger and I hear them hit the floor so hopefully no more escapees.

With this binding being done I can now put this quilt behind me. It was started back in April! It's for the foot of the bed and is 40" x 72". It's for keeping feet warm when you need that little something extra.
I'd bought the wide backing fabric but later determined to snazzy up the back with a similar block from the front. I had wanted to quilt feathers in the light triangles, but wasn't brave enough to try them on a real quilt till I practice more on them. I guess now I can use my new pencil to mark them.

Got the top done for a Christmas table runner and will hopefully get it quilted by Sunday. I'll be tackling a new project next week and it will be going into totally unknown territory - upholstery. I got this very nice foot stool - good bones as they say - but it's leopard skin. I got some nice worn look pleather to cover it with. I'm sure that it will be a learning experience. I'll take photos as I go - one will be of me confused I'm sure.


maggi said…
Gorgeous quilt and that pencil looks ideal. I saw the clips being demonstrated somewhere quite recently, although I can't remember where. They look a really good way to hold the binding in place. Like you I am always worried about pins falling out unnoticed
Barb said…
What a lovely quilt and have convinced me, I need to go and get some of those clips!

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