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Quilt Binding

Hello Friends! I thought we would talk binding today! I had a demonstration the other day for hand quilting and got lots of questions on my binding techniques. I’m kinda a perfectionist on this. Well maybe, the whole process, but that’s all of us right?! Right!

Anyhow, I always cut my binding at 2.5 inches. I love the look of the extra 1/4 inch and it makes it so much easier to make sure I am covering those sewing lines! I typically use a black and white strip. Not always, but typically. I find it just makes a quilt look so classy!

Another thing I do is if I am machine sewing both sides of my binding down I will first machine sew it to the back of the quilt top. This is different than if you are hand stitching that last half down. I don’t like the line from the stitching on the binding on the front of my quilt. I would rather match the thread bobbin color to the back of the quilt. Most quilt backings are patterned and that line just gets lost really easy! I also use my scant 1/4 inch foot from my machine. It allows me to drop one edge, the left, off the binding and down onto the quilt leaving the right side up on the binding. This gives me a straight line right on the edge of the binding.

A mighty fine nice straight line on the binding almost every time. But go slow! There is no rush in sewing down binding! No rush in anything quilting!!

Another great tip! This! A miracle to helping keep that binding in place until you machine sew it down. I will take my binding after I have sewn it down to the back of the quilt, I flip the quilt over and use binding clips to hold the binding down all around the front of the quilt. I then take it to the ironing board and about 12 inches at a time I will put a strip of that glue under the binding and iron heat it down. I still use a small amount of binding clips just in case it hasn’t dried completely. Do hold the iron over it for a few seconds to really heat up that fabric and dry that glue.

Next sew down that binding. And you will notice with this quilt I messed up and sewed it down to the front first. Remember, no one is perfect! It’s not a problem! Just sew slow and your front line on the quilt should be nice and straight at least. And match that binding thread to the colors on the front of the quilt.

Pretty straight! But like I said………..go slow. There is no competition or prize for being the fast one at binding. At least I don’t know of any………….

This one again was sewn first onto the front. It is just a preference thing and a thing to remember that difference between hand stitching and machine stitching. Either way your going to get those perfect corners and perfect straight lines. It’s a game changer for me. I love hand sewing my binding down but a lot of my customers would rather have theirs machine sewn.

My final suggestion. When you get to those corners use a straight pin to lock up under that fabric so you can pull it into a perfect corner. It really makes a big difference! If you have any questions or comments please let us know!! We love feedback!

WE hope everyone has a great rest of the week and happy quilting!

Love and light,

Lisa

Quilts of Valor

Hello Monday again!

It seems the time is flying by. Anyone else feel that way? I have so many things I need to do. So many things I want to do that I’m just kind of stuck!

So this morning I am making me two to do lists. One for the house and life. One for quilting. I have always been a firm believer in lists but for some reason I’ve gotten away from it lately and that feeling of being overwhelmed and scattered is driving me crazy! What do you do to keep yourself on track?

I had the privilege of working on this Quilt of Valor. If you haven’t heard of the organization it is a great one! You rather volunteer to make the quilt top and backing or you volunteer to Long Arm the quilt. Then when it is finished it is donated to a Veteran. The organization is very dear and near to my heart as we have a lot of Veterans in our family including me. We also have a son who serves in the Air Force right now.

Everyone loves quilts. Giving one to a veteran is a way to recognize them and let them know that as quilters we surround them with love and gratefulness for the sacrifices! Even if you didn’t serve during war time you sacrificed your life and your time to training and keeping the military ready in case of war.

This quilt will be going to a Marine Veteran. It is made with love and respect. And a hope that it will bring them comfort and keeps them warm, and lets them know that as quilters we love them and are very grateful!

Do you quilt or Long Arm? Could you help? You can find out all the information about it on their website here. You can donate how ever much you want. I do 4 Long Arms a month. IF you want to do one quilt a month that would be great! As a quilter you provide the quilt top and backing. The long armer provides the batting and the quilting. She then sends the quilted quilt back to the maker who then binds it and donates it! If your looking for a way to volunteer in 2020 you might want to consider this! Let’s wrap all our veterans in quilts!

This quilt was quilted with the edge to edge design from Three Sisters Fabric. It is the Baptist Fan and it goes together so smoothly. I love it and it has now become my favorite edge to edge that I have!

Well I am off to work on those list and conquering my to do’s! Have a great Monday friends!

Love

Lisa

Meadowland Quilt

Hello!

Don’t you just love Facebook memories! A year ago today I was out taking pictures of this Meadowland Quilt! The pattern is by Megan at Then Came June. This quilt is a nice size 64 X 64. I used colors of orange and turquoise patterns and it has been one of my favorite quilts. It was a lot of cutting and a lot of sewing but the quilt pattern is magnificent.

This quilt has been gently used. Mainly hanging on my quilt rack. It has been washed a few times but the coloring is still very pretty. I am over loaded with quilts right now and have decided to get rid of a lot of them. You can score this quilt for $125 plus shipping right now! Today! What?!?

The backing fabric is just as pretty as the front. Shades of orange and pink.

I choose to bind it in my favorite black and white stripe. I think the stripe just makes it look a little classy! If you are interested in this quilt please email us at lavenderfieldsblankets@gmail.com We will respond back to the first person and then send you a paypal address where you can send your money! And we will get the quilt out to you the next day!

Also if you are not following us on Facebook then please do! We are going to start doing give-aways for the holiday season. Your lucky cause the first one was suppose to be yesterday but I ended up in the doctors all morning and so it wasn’t started! New shoot date is for Friday! Follow us on Instagram at Lavenderfieldsco and on Facebook at Lavenderfieldsblankets.

I hope everyone has a great Humpday! The sun is shining here and we are just so grateful for that!

Sending positive vibes!

Lisa

Happenings!

Happy Sunday friends!

I hope all is ok where you are! We are running into this week fast as it’s a short week! Thanksgiving this week with friends and family! We been doing a lot of organizing and cleaning. Today when desperately need to work on the outside of our house. The rain came and the chickens decided the front porch was the place to be. And the leaves are everywhere. This is the first year we have not raked up our leaves. I wanted them left alone to give our log cabin that fallish vibe. Well now they are getting on my nerves! Crazy! So some of them have to go!

I worked on this beautiful quilt this week! Lots of low volume fabric and some pastel colored squares! The pattern is from the book Modern Rainbow. The quilts in it are beautiful! Rebecca has an eye for color. This quilt will be listed in our Etsy shop just as soon as we can get good pictures of it. I used white binding on it. Cotton batting! I used an edge to edge from Karlee Porter Designs. I believe Retro Tile #11.

We do have a busy week here. I simply cannot believe that it is almost Christmas again. Our son from the Air Force will be home December 30th so I am looking forward to that! We of course miss him bunches! We don’t have too many things planned. Mostly just getting as much time as we can with him. He is getting deployed in April so I doubt he will be home any time soon after this visit!

Well I do hope you are surrounded by love and good food! Family and friends!

On a side note we still have a few openings for Christmas quilts if you are needing them LongArmed! Just fill out the form and we will get right back to you!

Thank you so much

Love

Lisa

LongArm Rental Services

Desert Turquoise Quilt

~~ LongArm Rental Guidelines and Holiday Booking ~~

As some of you may know we do rent out our machine. We wanted to provide this option for people in the area who have always wanted to learn, but didn’t have the accessibility. After a few of these rentals we realized we needed to clarify the process and break down the fees.

Every individual who would like to rent the LongArm will have to complete two training classes, the first of which is $55. This first class will give you much needed information about how to operate the machine and the basics of LongArm quilting. You will have to provide your own small quilt for this training, but nothing larger than a baby crib size. The next training will be used on a throw size or small quilt and will be $55. This class will be a hands on session with Lisa who will be there with you the whole time to make sure you are confident in what you are doing and to help answer any questions you might have. Although it is not required, it is advised that you take notes during these two classes to reference back to.

After completing the first two classes you will then be running the machine on your own. Please be aware that Lisa will always be in the studio should you run into a situation and need additional help. If you don’t feel like you are quite ready to go solo and an extra one-on-one training session is available at a flat cost of $80.

Any additional learning sessions will be charged at the normal LongArm fee of the .02 cents per square inch or minimum of $45. We do have batting here that can be purchased if you do not have your own.

Please be aware that all payments are due at the time of service.

LongArm rental requests must be made in advance. We will try to be flexible and accommodate your needs, but we also have our own LongArm clients whose quilts need to be finished.

Due to the Holidays and our own orders, we are unable to book anymore LongArm rentals this year. Starting January 5th LongArm rentals will resume. Make sure you go ahead and book now so that you won’t have a longer wait.

If you have any questions regarding this or anything please feel free to contact us through our contact form. We love hearing from you all.

Lisa & Cat

Monday Blues………..

Hello Monday……..why are you picking on me?

Do you ever have those kinds of days. Where everything you touch just falls apart. It is one of those days for me. My phone kept going off which distracted me enough to mess up a quilt I was working on. So now it’s going to be seam ripper for me and all that fun stuff. The big dog has been whiny all morning watching for his dad which will not be home till much later. The little dog has had a seizure already today. So…… My anxiety is at an all time high. Maybe it is the weather. I don’t really know. But I do know when days start off like this they are not going to get better until I take some time to take care of me. Hot bath with some epsom salts and lavender oil it is.

American Flag Quilt

So I thought I would talk about my Etsy account. I on occasion have time to make quilts. I love quilting but with the quilting machine taking up much of my time I don’t get to quilt as much as I would like to. But when I do I am always trying out a new edge to edge design on the LongArm. Which is good for you! Because I certainly don’t need all of these quilts! So I have some of them slowly getting listed on my Etsy account for sale!! You can find a link to the shop here or on the home page of website here.

Sprinkle of flowers Quilt
Tye Dye Quilt

Keep watching as we will slowly be adding more quilts at some great prices for those Christmas Gifts. To yourself, or to a loved one!

Lots of love

Lisa

Snowflake quilt #2

Hello Friends! Welcome to my second Snowflake quilt using the pattern by Nicole at Modern Handcraft! I have to admit. The second one was just as much fun as the first one! I’m really thinking about doing one in all neutrals. I’m thinking a white snowflake and a cream background! What do you think? I have really been dreaming in neutrals….. lately.

This custom ordered quilt has now gone on to her new home. I hope she is loved there as much as she was here! Did you know we do custom orders? If you see a quilt you would like we can get the pattern and work with you on colors and make it a reality. Just leave us a comment on our comment form page and we can talk if this is something you would be interested in!

What are you working on now? Have you worked a Snowflake quilt? There are so many beautiful ones if you want to check them out with the hashtag #snowflakesewalong !!

Well it’s very cold here and we are planning on staying in and staying warm today! Happy Saturday Friends!

XO

Lisa

Rainbow Quilt and binding!

Hello friends! I hope you are having a great weekend! I was able to get this quilt all finished up this week and I am pretty happy about that and really like how it turned out. It’s one of my own quilt patterns. I love drawing up quilt patterns on graph paper and seeing how they turn out!

I use the edge to edge design from Urban Elementz called “Path to my Heart” I love how it turned out. I believe that rainbows are a sign of love and peace, so the hearts in this design just matched up perfectly! What do you think?

When I am short on time I will machine sew my binding down on both sides. The problem with doing that is I hate that line of stitches going around the front of the quilt. It interferes with the Longarm design. So I first sew the binding on the back of the quilt with my machine. So then it flips over to the front..

Next I press down that binding to the front side and clip it with my binding clips. I then go all round that on the front and glue that binding down. Just do little stripes at a time and as you put the glue on go ahead and iron that down. The heat will dry the glue. I then just add a few quilt clips every 3-4 inches just to help keep it all down nice and neat. Here is the link to the glue baste it that I use. It works really well and washes out of the quilt in the first wash. It comes with a tiny wand so it’s not coming out real fast!

I then change my foot on my sewing machine so that I can have one side down on the quilt top and the other side down on the binding. This allows you to get very close to the edge of the binding.

Here you can see what a great close stitch you can get. And no ugly sewing line going down the front of your quilt. It will blend in with the fabric on the back and not be so noticeable. I hope you give this a try if you machine sew your binding down. If you have any questions please feel free to comment and I will answer you and help you as much as I can!

Hope you have a great Sunday! We will be watching football and doing Taco Sunday…………. cause tacos just go good with football! Right? Go Bears!

Love,

Lisa

Feeling like Fall

Hello Friends!

Its feeling like fall here and I have to admit……… I love it! No I did not think I would be saying those words. But it has been a hot summer and the cool air feels so good. My allergies have been a wreck with the warm temperatures and I can already tell that I am breathing much easier. #thankful!

I’ve been working on this really cool Halloween themed quilt. We decided to do the binding in orange and then a stripe down the side in black and white.

This quilt top was put together using the pattern “Hill Country Queen” out of Laura Preston’s new book called “Simple Geometric Quilting”. I loved the idea of the bigger blocks! We used a panto from Urban Elementz called Spider Web. I really love the web effect and Urban Elementz edge to edge designs are always really easy to work with. They line up perfect. If you want dense or medium density they always look great! Next in line is another Halloween themed quilt that they are wanting the spider web panto on with black thread! I cannot wait to see that one!

The backing fabric is perfect and was used on the front in blocks too. I don’t have any information on it. So not sure where it came from or who designed it but if you know feel free to let me know! I love it! It is the perfect backing for a really cool Halloween quilt.

Showing in the upper picture is the two colors of binding that was used. I think the contrast of the two different colors and the stripes add a little crazy Halloween touch to this one. In this picture it has had it’s first bath and is off to it’s new home! Do you do themed based quilts for your home? I really like the touch of the holidays very lightly around my house so a quilt is the perfect thing to hang for the holiday season!

I will close for now. I am working on this tree for a Christmas themed quilt. And another Halloween quilt up behind it. It is time for the seasons I guess!

Hope you have an excellent rest of the week. If you have any questions about a custom quilt or any longarm quilting service please feel free to contact us through the contact form found here on our website. Remember when you send a quilt to us we know you want it back fast. So it’s a priority to get it quilted. Get is squared up. Bind it if you need us to. And get it back to you as soon as we can. You will be kept up to date on where we are at with your quilt top. I make quilts too so I know how precious that quilt top is to you! I know how much work goes into getting it all done. I treat each quilt top as if it was my own!

Much love

Lisa

Snowflake Quilt

Hello Everyone! I was honored to be asked to test this pattern by Nicole at Modern Handcraft. I choose the 4 color version with Catherine picking out the 4 shades of red. It turned out perfect! We really love it and we really love the pattern.

The quilt pattern comes in several versions. A one color version with the snowflake in white (or if you were creative you could make your snowflake in any color you choose). The next option is a scrappy version and finally the one I did, a 4 color version! It’s very easy to put together. My advice is mark your pieces: I use sticky notes and straight pins to keep all of my pattern pieces in order.

Nicole is releasing the pattern on October 1st and doing a sew along starting October the 7th. I’m will also be doing that, but sticking with a more neutral pallet. I can’t decide if I want to do the white snowflake with the neutral scrappy or do the neutral colored snowflake with an all white background. What do you think? You can purchase the kit which includes the pattern and the fabric you need here.

We hope you love this pattern as much as we do and join the sew along.

Have an awesome week!

Lisa & Cat