Spokane Modern Quilt Guild

October Spokane MQG Minutes

A reminder that Wednesday, the 17th of November is Spokane’s deadline for our challenge contest. We will be voting on the winner at our meeting.

Remember, it can be anything as long as you’ve used at least a little bit of either one of our challenge fabrics.

November 30th is The Modern Quilt Guild’s deadline. Your quilt must be at least 45″ X 60″ and include a photo of what inspired your creation.

Show & Tell:

Annie passed around a picture of her mermaid-tailed “chair”ity chair.

Gina introduced us to two of her new favorite books, The Color Harmony Book, and Dare to Be Square Quilting. She also told us to look at buying needlecraft books from Hamilton Bookseller, which boasts $3.95 shipping for your whole order.

Moni proved to be our most ambitions quilter by showing off her husband’s birthday present, a free-motioned mountain goat quilt. She also suggested we use a monofilament bobbin thread for the back of an art quilt, to prevent the bobbin thread from showing on the front and interfering with the look of the quilt.

Katie showed us her Buggy Barn “Heart Crazies” quilt, leaving us all drooling over the beautiful, discontinued fabric.

Sandra showed us her Halloween quilt. She proved that even if you don’t know the exact technique, you can improvise. Complete with stars, Jack-o-lanterns, candy corns, ghosts and witch, the quilt was funky and whimsical.

Christine told us to take a look at her blog, thingstomakeinsteadofdinner.blogspot.com and told us about her brother’s 40th birthday quilt.

Lori was our demonstrator, showing us a genius way to bind a quilt.  Before she got started on her demo, she told us a little bit about fabric, citing one of her favorite books, “From Fiber to Fabric”

Lori explained that greigh (gray) goods is un dyed, woven fabric that is either dyed (like batik fabric) or printed (like Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, Anna Maria Horner etc.).

The “First Run” of a print is made with the highest quality of greigh goods, because the pictures are clearer and the lines are sharper. The high thread count fabric costs more, but also lasts longer and tends to shrink less.

The “Second Run” is made with a less costly fabric once the printing plates can no longer make pristine images.

First Run–Best Quality–higher price–Boutique stores (like The Top Stitch)

Second Run–Good Quality–middle range price

Third Run–Mediocre Quality–Bargain stores

Lori suggested determining the purpose and life expectancy of an item before purchasing the fabric. If you’re looking to make a Halloween costume, the quality of fabric doesn’t matter as it would if you were making an heirloom quilt.

Now, onto the binding:

–A good binding makes the quilt.

Lori uses a “double binding” which is a 2 1/2 inch strip with pieces joined diagonally. She folds the 2 1/2 inch strip in half (wrong sides together) making it 1 1/4 inches.

Lori suggested NOT removing excess on the quilt edges until the first half of the binding is done, saying it was easier to have something to hold onto.

She starts on the middle of one edge, leaving six or so inches of the binding unsewn, and begins sewing. With a 1/4 inch seam allowance, the two raw edges of the binding facing the raw edge of the quilt. When she reaches a corner, she places a pin angling up through the corner and sews along the pin, backstitching 1/4 inch before the turn up the pin and before the needle leaves the quilt. She then continues sewing the next straight side.

Once she is a few inches from meeting her staring point, at the middle of the first straight side, she takes her two tail ends, and finds exactly where the will meet and irons (or finger presses) the edges butting up to on another. Using those folds as a guide, she uses three pins and joins the two pieces of binding together, their folds making an “X.”

As the thread from the sewing machine joins the two pieces, it looks as though the biding was joined on the diagonal, just as the other pieces, and one could not tell where the binding began or ended.

If you haven’t cut off the excess before you did the first half of the binding, go ahead and do it now, but be careful of the corners. You’ll want to be sure to keep the binding intact so the folds are seamless.

As you sew the second half of the binding, curl up with the blanket on top of you, watch some TV, and use a whipstitch. 🙂

She said if the fabric she’s using for the binding is a stripe or plaid, or if the quilt has curved edges, she will cut bias strips. If the fabric is a print, or the sides of the quilt are straight, she could just use straight binding.

Next meeting is scheduled for November 17th, 6pm at The Top Stitch.  The demo at the November meeting will be by Claudia Vess, free motion quilting.



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