Thursday, January 18, 2018

How to sew your Quilt Binding continuously around the corner - Tutorial


Its funny how the little things in quilting can be overlooked!  I teach lots of students how to Quilt and sometimes it those "smaller" tips or the things you think people know how to do, that students find often the most helpful.  When I teach and show students about "How to sew your Binding - continuously around the corner" this always raises eyebrows and usually big gasps of "why didn't I know this!"  After sharing this tip the other day on my Instagram Stories - (@tiedwitharibbon) it turns out that a lot of people didn't know this little trick so I thought I would share it with you.  

(This tip is only one part of the Binding process and not a full tutorial on how to bind your Quilt. You can find one I have done here)



When I first learned how to quilt - I used to sew my binding to the front of my quilt and then as I got to the corner (where I was going to mitre it) I would stop 1/4 of an inch before the end, take the quilt out of the sewing machine, make the mitre with the binding, pin it in place, then place it back in my machine to continue to sew before reaching the next corner and then repeating.  That was until I was shown this way about 6 years ago and I have never done it any other way since....

Note: I prefer to sew the Binding onto my Quilt with the batting and backing excess still as one piece - I don't trim this off before binding and I have even asked my Quilter not to trim the excess batting and backing of my quilts so I can Bind them this way.

I also like to colour match my thread!  Use threads to blend with the Top Thread to match the Binding fabric colour and the Bobbin Thread to match the quilt Backing fabric colour.


Step 1 - Use an Erasable Fabric marker to square up your quilt by marking a line around your quilt that makes the quilt Square, making sure to take into account your 1/4in seam allowance.


Step 2 Starting along one side of your Quilt take your made Binding and sew the Binding strip to the right side of your quilt.  To Mitre your Quilt corners in one continuous sequence stop 1/4in before you reach the corner of your quilt.  



Step 3 - Put the "Needle Down" into the quilt, lift the Presser Foot and rotate the quilt around 90 degrees.  Place the Presser Foot back down.


Step 4 - Reverse Stitch back to the edge of the quilt top (I find this is about 3 stitches on my machine).  Place your "Needle Down" again.


Step 5 - Lift your Presser Foot up and fold the binding at a 90 degree angle away from your Quilt top covering the angle you have created.  



Step 6 - Line up the raw edges of your Binding along the raw edge of your Quilt top.  Place the Presser Foot back down and sew along the next side of your Quilt.


Step 7 - Continue to sew your binding all the way around your Quilt.  Once you have sewn it all the way around you can then trim the excess batting and binding.  The reason I do not trim this before binding is so that you can leave enough to fill to the centre binding line, before being folded over and sewn to the back seam line of your quilt.




I hope you find that Helpful - leave a comment below. I'd love to know what tips and tricks of quilting you would love to find out about.

PS - Thanks to Carol Brady of The Quilting Cottage for your awesome Long Arm Machine Quilting of this quilt.

Thread - Aurifil #5005 (top) and #2615 (backing)
Machine - Pfaff Performance 5.0

Happy quilting
Jemima x 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Latest Pattern Releases

I have to admit that as a pattern designer seeing my designs made by other's never gets old and makes me so grateful to have been able to turn my hobby into my full time work.  Since my Sewing Room Makeover its like I have had a whole new lease on my "sewjo" and I have been busy designing so many new patterns that I will begin to release as the year begins.

But before we get started with new designs I have a few of my latest releases to share with you today.


Introducing "Hair Dayz" - it is a Creative Card pattern (double sided A4 page format) which has both the pattern to make Scrunchies and these Hair Ties.  Yes you heard it - Scrunchies are officially making a come back.!!

When my own two girls were in Primary School I used to cut up their old school Uniforms and then re-sew them into  these Hair Ties.  Originally just for my own girls - but the other school mums soon went crazy for them and I couldn't keep up at one point.  I have made these also over the years for many of my friends little daughters and are great to use up scraps or lots of bright colourful fabrics. They make great gifts bundled together and the kids (and bigger kids!) go mad for them.




Following on from my Viv's Rose Quilt - this new Applique Cross Stitch inspired quilt is named "Watermelon Crush"  and is all about summer fun!  Ive teamed up Robert Kaufman Solid Linens and this Essex Linen in Aqua for the background to let the design shine through these solid fabrics.  



And of course I couldn't go past using this Watermelon Smash fabric from Maude Asbury to use as backing.  I am very much a believer in not just putting any backing on a quilt but using a more considered and thought out approach to add to your quilt rather than just see it as the "back".  I carefully patterned matched the design and I love the back as much as the front in giving this quilt that perfect finishing touch.



And while we might have only just celebrated Christmas its never to early to get sewing to be well ready and inspired come this festive season.  "Here Comes Santa" is a Pillow set featuring a machine pieced Santa pillow and an Applique "naughty or nice" pillow.  

Both are included in the pattern so you can decorate your favourite spot for the Holiday season. Pillows are great to add some sparkle to your decorating or to gift at this time of year.  


Use fabrics from your stash as I did in this set (using mostly Bonnie and Camille fabrics) or your favourite Holiday range.


As with all my patterns to - if you are a wholesale customer then all my designs can be found over at Creative Abundance here in Australia and through Checker Distributors over in the US.

I can't wait to share more with you this year with many quilts already literally, being quilted and more new designs being sewn up to inspire you to quilt, make, create and sew.

Happy Quilting
Jemima x x

Monday, January 1, 2018

Sewing Room Makeover!


Well 2018 is getting off to a wonderful start here at Tied with a Ribbon Head Quarters!  Over the Christmas break my sewing studio has undergone a re-vamp.  This room in my house was originally our Guest Room so is a little larger than the average bedroom and I have made it my sewing space for the past 9 years.  In that time I have gone from Quilting as my hobby to Quilting and Sewing as my Full-Time profession and passion.  

During 2017 I was designing, creating and writing my second book and the space just wasn't working for me anymore as I really had outgrown the space to be working and sewing in effectively most days.  I was feeling cramped and cluttered but with the book tights deadline any chance of re-vamping was out of the question.

During the Christmas break, with deadlines done and dusted,  I decided that it was time to "make time" to reconfigure and work out a way for my space to be better, more functional and mostly be a place that I was happy to work in everyday.  My hubby sat down and drew out a scale plan and came up with some new ideas that would work for the space with using the existing furniture that was working (or couldn't work without) and some new furniture that would provide what I needed.  

Welcome to my re-vamped sewing studio - I am going to show you all the pieces in my room and tell you all about what I have in my space and how I have created a better space to create in.


My studio has these beautiful double Glass panelled doors which lead to the front porch where we have planted Iceberg Standard Roses.  This makes for the perfect view to watch out and sew by.  

The Quilt waning is my Liberty Belle Quilt - it is one of my absolute favourite makes - It is made with a Japanese Cotton/Linen Blend and some of my favourite Liberty fabrics.  It is all hand quilted and was one of the first Magazine Commissions I did.  While I tried other quilts in this space to change it up a bit - my heart kept going back to wanting this one up.

The Rails are Window Hanging Rails from Spotlight - these are perfect to hang quilts off - you can change the quilts around and fold lots to fit several along the rail.  

The sewing cabinet is a Horn - Sovereign Mk III.  This allows me to lower my sewing machine to the bed height and then I can machine quilt with a flat surface and a nice big table space behind the quilts and projects.  I have a few draws and my Overlocker is also stored in the side of the cabinet.  My chair is also a Horn Chair - it's a gas lift and has great support for my back.


My main sewing machine is this amazing Pfaff Performance 5.0.  I bought it several years ago and I couldn't love this machine more.  It works so well with my sewing and quilting needs and rarely gives me any grief.   She really is a workhorse and has sewn countless Quilts, Pillows, bags and so many other things.  


This workbench is really the new highlight of my sewing studio.  We took out the desk which I used to work at and have replaced it with an Island Bench.  Hubby and I went to Ikea and custom built a Kitchen Island Bench to meet my needs and sewing requirements.  The bench is really deep so I have gained so much storage in it.  We configured a mix of draws and shelves so that some things I can have easily at hand and on display - and also have lots of my smaller pieces of equipment like cutting rulers, scissors, stationary etc neat and tidy in the draws so they don't spill out.  

As I lost a working desk area - we pulled the Benchtop to one end creating a "overhang" so that I could get a stool under it to sit at - this is now where I will do my paper work etc and I have put my stationary draws close by for this purpose.

I can now stand and cut at this bench (which is a great height and back-saver) comfortably.  I used to cut out on my Laundry Bench bench and now have some space back in my laundry.  


My Dad was a big help during this make-over.  We bought two Island Bench tops and Hubby and my Dad "Biscuit Joined" the two tops together to create the depth I needed and due to the woodblock of the bench top - its hard to tell the join at all.  Thanks Dad for helping put this together and for the heavy lifting work while putting it all together.


This shelving area is a favourite in my room.  It is filled with special trinkets and gifts I have been given by some special "sewing" friends over the years.  It really makes me feel like even though they are all so far away - they are always here in my creative space.  I love that I have so many handmade treasures.

You can click on the link to some of the pieces I have specifically purchased for my sewing studio - Letter Board, Binding Babies by Shari at Doohikey Designs,  "You are Enough" print by Pen and Paint,  Art Paintings by Sascalia

The book case is a bit of a work in progress - It is great to house my rulers and Boom Box and to add trinkets too.  I think as I settle into my sewing space the shelves will inevitably fill and I will make better use of them.  




The Shelving above is from Ikea (they don't make it anymore however - which we found out when I went to buy another book case this size).  It is great as it is rather deep for shelving.  I have had a clean up through my fabric stash and put collections together based on Designer and then I have other bundles such as Low Volumes, Solids, Linens and Denims, Colour and those plastic Decor Containers hold all my special Liberty fabric.  

It also houses my older Pfaff Tiptronic Sewing Machine and my Bernina Tula Pink machine.  

To the side I have my Design Wall - hubby built it a while ago using MDF board from Bunnings and then we covered and stapled White Cotton Batting over it.  It really allows me to see the designs I am working on and saves me working on the floor to layout quilts.  (You can see a sneak peak of my upcoming pattern on it currently)  

I definitely feel re-inspired in my sewing space and can't wait to get sewing into the new year and creating and designing new patterns in this space.  While I know not everyone has a dedicated sewing space - no matter where you sew or create, make the space work for you!  So that the time you do get to sew - is truly enjoyable.


Happy sewing
Jemima x x

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Dolly Book Tour


In life sometimes you come across people whom you have formed a friendship with and whilst you have never met you get along famously.  And then one day you meet and it is like you have never not known each other - well this special friend, her name is Elea.

Elea Lutz is an enormously talented fabric designer, creative, and product designer.  I have long been a big fan of Elea's fabric ranges and work and overtime she creates something new it is even better than the last.  


Elea's latest work is a new book called "Dolly - The sweet book of doll projects to sew and love".  Dolly is published by Riley Blake Designs.  Inspired by memories of her childhood, Elea has created these fantastic projects to take you back to those innocent days filled with playtime and fun. 

There are dolls to make, mini quilts, fun dress up dolls, accessories and the sweetest little Playhouse Tote.  Beautifully laid out with easy to follow instructions this book will capture your heart.  


And here is Elea's latest fabric range - Little Dolly - how could I resist not using this to pair up with my chosen project from the book.  
I decided to make the Doll Dress Wall Hanging which is just ever so sweet. I love Appliqué so I was of course drawn straight away to this project.  The book includes full size patterns which is fantastic so that you can get started straight away.


I also of course used my favourite Aurifil Thread and went with the Pink and Silver Brillo for the Appliqué and then the quilting.  With Christmas on my mind I thought that this would make a beautiful gift for so I decided to add a simple Envelope Back to make it into a cushion. 



It will be hard to stop at one project in this book with several others that have caught my interest.  


You can check out all the other talented makes joining in on this book tour here 

Monday 9/18 Faith Essenburg @faithessenburg https://saranaave.wordpress.com
Friday 9/22 Melissa Mortenson @polkadotchair http://www.polkadotchair.com

Monday 9/25 Lauren Nash @transientart  http://transientart.com/
Friday 9/29 Sedef Imer @downgrapevinelane http://www.downgrapevinelane.com/

Monday 10/2 Jemima Flendt @tiedwitharibbon http://www.tiedwitharibbon.com/
Friday 10/6 Jina Barney @jinabarney http://jinabarneydesignz.blogspot.com/

Monday 10/9 Ayda Algin @cafenohut http://cafenohut.blogspot.com/
Friday 10/13 Veronica Marroquin @vividfelicity https://vividfelicity.wordpress.com/

Monday 10/16 Ange Hamilton @alittlepatchwork https://alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com/
Friday 10/20 Nadra Ridgeway @ellisandhiggs https://www.ellisandhiggs.com/

Happy Quilting 
Jemima x x

Friday, September 1, 2017

Pretty Handmades: Book Tour


Have you seen the sweet work of Lauren Wright?  Lauren is the creative woman behind Molly and Mama.  Everything she makes is simply gorgeous and her flair with felt and fabric is second to none.  

Lauren has just released her first book - Pretty Handmades and I am delighted to have been invited to join in the Book Tour to celebrate its release. Pretty Handmades published by Tuva Publishing is filled with cute, quick to make projects.  From Sewing Accessories, to toys, to kitchen accessories - this book covers all the projects that make fabulous gifts and presents.  


I knew it was going to be hard to settle on making one project with so many different choices.  This book is finished with a Matt cover which really gives it a wonderful atheistic and fell as you move through the pages.  


Deciding to make something I could gift (ticking off Christmas presents) I settled on the "Hoppy Squares Table Tidy" that I decided I would turn into a pillow.

Lauren instructions are very through and are clear and well written to help you through each step.

Recently my friend Nadra had sent me some of her latest fabric range "Arbor Blossom" and I knew it would be the perfect match for this little project.  

Combining Felt, machine sewing, embroidery and even some embellishing meant that I certainly was in my happy place whilst sewing up this pillow.  




Of course I used my favourite Aurifil threads for not only the machine stitching but also the hand sewing detail.  I used 50wt for the Blanket stitching and then 12wt for the hand sewing.  My favourite colour to piece with is #2405 Oyster.  Although it is tinged Pink - it works so perfectly with lots of colours.



Wanting to turn the project into a cushion I used the side squares to add to the top and then a simple envelope style backing was used before finishing off with some binding around the cushion.  


If you love making handmade gifts then you will just love this book filled with lots of inspiration and techniques for not only beginners but also the more advance sewists.

Keep a watch out for Lauren's post as she is holding a Giveaway.

You can check out the list of all the other participants joining in below

1 Sept 2017     Lauren Wright             www.mollyandmama.com.au               
2 Sept 2017     Jemima Flendt             www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com            
3 Sept 2017     Sharon Burgess          www.lilabellelanecreations.com           
4 Sept 2017     Lauren Nash               www.transientart.com                         
5 Sept 2017     Sarah Edgar               www.alittlehappyplace.blogspot.co.uk
6 Sept 2017     Ange Hamilton            www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com  
7 Sept 2017     Elea Lutz                    www.elealutzdesign.com                    
8 Sept 2017     Sarah Scott                 www.piccolostudio.com.au                  
9 Sept 2017     Martina Bahre             www.avaandneve.com.au                  
10 Sept 2017   Heather Andrus           www.quiltstory.blogspot.com               
11 Sept 2017   Faith Essenburg          www.saranaave.wordpress.com          
12 Sept 2017   Alisha Orlando            www.ministryoffabric.com.au               
13 Sept 2017   Bev McCullough          www.flamingotoes.com                       
14 Sept 2017   Stacy Olson                www.stacyolsondesign.com                
15 Sept 2017   Ali Phillips                    www.arabesquescissors.com              
16 Sept 2017   Mollie Johanson          www.wildolive.blogspot.com                
17 Sept 2017   Kristyne Czepuryk       www.prettybyhand.com                      
18 Sept 2017   Xanthe Grundy           www.wife-made.com                           
19 Sept 2017   Anne Oliver                 www.lolliandgrace.com                       
20 Sept 2017   Larisa Shurupov          www.stitchingnotes.com                     
21 Sept 2017   Sedef Imer                  www.downgrapevinelane.com            
22 Sept 2017   Wynn Tan                   www.zakkaArt.blogspot.com               
23 Sept 2017   Veronica AM               www.VividFelicity.wordpress.com        
24 Sept 2017   Minki Kim                     www.minkikim.com                              
25 Sept 2017   Elise Baek                   www.eliseandemelie.com                    
26 Sept 2017   Megan Price                www.dollyhenry.com.au                      
27 Sept 2017   Nadra Ridgeway          www.ellisandhiggs.com                       
28 Sept 2017   Ayda Algin                  www.cafenohut.com                           
29 Sept 2017   Jodi Godfrey               www.talesofcloth.com                         
30 Sept 2017   Lauren Wright             www.mollyandmama.com.au               

  

Happy Quilting
Jemima x 

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