Before I stitch down the binding on a quilt, I always fully lay out the binding along the quilt. This accomplishes a few things for me:
- It allows me to verify that yes, I do have enough binding for the quilt, and
- it allows me to make sure that none of the binding joins land at a corner of the quilt.
I have noted over the years that my loose “laying out” method is not 100% fool proof. Because I am lightly laying the binding on top of the quilt, there is a bit of shifting when I actually sew on the binding. For me, that usually means that if I have a binding join just before a corner, I want to make sure that I have about 2-inches after the join before getting to a corner to make sure that it will not end up sewn into the corner when it gets stitched down.
Do you lay out your binding before starting to sew it down?
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Eek! I just downloaded the QuiltCon 2019 app. It will be here before I know it. Will I see you there? I work on the crew and will be co-running the workshops again this year with my awesome partner Lindsey @lindseykiesz, so keep an eye out for me there! ✨ @themqg @dontcallmebetsy #QuiltCon2019App #QuiltCon2019Prep #QuiltCon2019
QuiltCon is just around the corner. This will be the third year that I work on the crew for QuiltCon. The crew puts in a lot of hard work behind the scenes to coordinate, setup, run, and take down the show every year. I am thrilled to continue to have the opportunity to volunteer my time and be on the crew, giving back to this community that means so much to me.
That being said, working on the crew is a big time commitment, and as such I have fewer blog posts scheduled during this time and I will be less active in reading and commenting on blogs as well.
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Next Wednesday is going to be a very hard day. We will be taking #PuppyTheCat to a friend’s home for a trial run to see if he will integrate with their family while I am away traveling for QuiltCon. Puppy picked me to be his mom when I was living in Austin, Texas, for my first job out of college and he’s weathered lots of moves and life changes with us. Knowing and loving him as much as we do, we know that living on the road while we travel in @wabi_sabi_overland would not be something he would enjoy, so we are grateful to friends willing to take him in while we travel this summer.
This Wednesday is going to be an emotional day for me. After lots of discussions, thought, and careful consideration, we are going to be dropping our lovely boy, #PuppyTheCat, off with friends to evaluate how he will integrate with their family. Because I am going to be away from home for so long at QuiltCon, it’s a good opportunity to see if this is the right fit for him while we travel in Wabi-Sabi Overland later this spring and summer. We know it’s the right thing to do for him, and we are hopeful that he familiarizes himself so that he feels like he has a second loving home.
Puppy is 17 years old and a loving, cuddly cat. While he has traveled across the country with us as we have moved over the year, he has never been a cat that relaxes in a car. We feel that he would be too stressed and unhappy living mobile in our habitat, so for his best interests we have searched to find the right family to look after him for us while we are away.
I have a hefty supply of tissues and chocolate on hand, but knowing that this is the right decision for him and that we have time to evaluate how he responds to a new environment is giving me huge peace of mind. My heart is another matter, but I’m thinking positively that it will all work out for the best.