Monthly Archives: June 2014

High Seas

June 29th 2014

Well, it’s official, it’s been summer for about a week and to celebrate I have made this quick and easy pirate pattern called High Seas. Finished size 37″ x 37″.

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It was loads of fun to see the images come together with such ease!

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I used this great “Pirate Treasure Map” fabric on the back. I quilted it in a stippling pattern so it looks like the “route” the ships took.

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  I also loved coordinating tonal chevron for the binding.

Buying the pattern is super easy, just click below and I’ll send you the PDF!

HIgh Seas back of pattern blog

High Seas Pattern introductory price of $6.00 throughout July! You can also visit my Craftsy shop!

Buy Now Button with Credit Cards

How to make continuous binding

June 17th 2014

I love the look of continuous binding not to mention the decrease in bulk and that part that has a “peek-a-boo” where the two ends would join awkwardly…didn’t like that at all! I was REALLY determined to learn how to make continuous binding.

button quilting tricks

The method that gave me the most understanding was the one found in Kristyne Czepuryk’s book S is for Stitch.

S is for Stitch Book Cover

After a couple of rough tries, I really got the hang of it and actually enjoy the process, like a little “hurray for me” every time I do it!

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I do it this way on everything I quilt: quilts, mug rugs and even bags!

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Here is how I manage it:

First leave an extra long end when you start to attach the binding.

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Once you’ve sewn around the quilt you should have a good piece of binding tail left from the other end. Make sure the starting piece of binding lies flat and even with the quilt when you are ready to join and finish the binding.

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Fold back the second piece at the point where the first piece stops.

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Mark the 2 inch point away from the folded end with a pin.

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Cut at the 2 inch mark.

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Flip your quilt so the end is up, it’s more natural to align binding ends this way!

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Align your binding ends, as you would if you were sewing binding strips together on the bias or diagonally.

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Pin opposite corners together to hold in place.

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Draw a line from left top corner to right bottom corner on the wrong side of fabric.

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Sew along the marked line.

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You may remove pins when sewn.

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Before trimming, straighten binding to make sure it’s a good fit and you’ve done it correctly. Trim 1/4 inch from seam.

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Finger press seams open.

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Re-align binding along the end of quilt and continue to sew the binding to the quilt.

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Occasionally, there may be a pucker. No worries, when you flip the binding to back it will disappear underneath!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES Fold binding to the back and hand stitch in place. I would love to show you the large version but this quilt is a “hush-hush” project until further notice.

Liam's binding

You can see the continuous binding here, where the colors change. So cool!

A Sea Breeze is coming

June 4th 2014

Hi Readers, Bloggers, Crafters and Quilters,

I have been working on stuff behind the scenes! I will have a big reveal soon, but the tinkering and editing is not done yet.

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I have managed to figure out how you can get the latest and greatest from Summercrafter  in case you can’t stop by the blog: a newsletter.  Don’t roll your eyes now….

OBX waves

Don’t worry, it won’t be like waves that keep coming and coming, knocking you over and making you swallow sea water, but more like a gentle Summer Sea Breeze, that refreshes just when you need it and makes you smile!

Sanibel Sundial

You’ll be the first to know about new patterns, tutorials and some fun crafty stuff that I am up to.

And because I am so glad that you have stopped by, I have a quick Summer pattern for you too, you can sign up for it right there on the right margin under the “hello” and as a bonus, you’ll be receiving the first newsletter this summer!

I hope you are planning your Summer Vacation, which of course includes crafting and quilting, it’s almost here!