Sunday, April 3, 2011

Disappearing Nine-Patch Quilt Complete

My first attempt at using glue to bind a quilt was a big success. Even though I had to overcome several screw ups on my part, using glue is definitely the way to go. Despite making a narrower binding than usual (I only had 12" of pink left) this method was much easier and more accurate than using pins.
The binding was especially easy to make with glue. Just lay down a patch of glue... then line them up and iron them together. Heat setting really make the Elmer's bind quickly and tightly. And popping the fabric back to the seam was fun. Note to self: Always trim after popping the glue loose.
I guess my starch wasn't heavy enough, because my binding didn't stick to itself much at all when I initially ironed the binding. Note to self: Use heavier starch next time.I also didn't measure my seam allowance very well, and as usual, didn't allow quite enough. This put more pressure on the binding to get it to overlap the seam line in the back, and made gluing it together a much messier proposition. Still, I was impressed with how well the glue held. An added benefit, all that glue stabilized the edges so well that the final seam went together like a dream.
And to all you free-motion newbies out there, here's the real trick to making your stippling look its best: Buy 100% cotton batting and using the hottest washer & dryer settings the fabric can stand for maximal shrinkage.
With all those extra crinkles in the fabric, no one will ever spot your "problem" areas. 8) And all that glue just washes away. Yeah GLUE!


Janet said...

I watched the video. I'll have to give it a try. The quilt turned out very cute.

suemac said...

I have yet to try binding. I haven't even made it to the quilting phase on any of my quilts. That glue technique does sound easy

Wendy said...

This turned out really nice....I may have to try the glue basting myself.

Quiliting in Mequon said...

Hi Susan... I just love your quilt and the tips are great... I am always ready to try new things that makes quilting easier... Hugs :)

Quilt Kitty said...

Love the free motion quilting tip - that's one that I can use! Tracee xx

A.J. Dub. said...

Where is the video?
Did you sew seams after you glued? This is very intriguing to me after wrestling with making my binding for 2 hours the other night.

Heather said...

Hi Susan.
Thank-you so much for the wonderful prize of all those lovely Kaffe Fassett fq's. Wow. They arrived safe and sound on Friday. Best April Fool's non-joke ever. I don't know what I'll be doing with them, but it will be fun imagining.