Sunday, May 16, 2010

May Giveaway Day and Binding A Quilt

I've decided to do something fun and join May Giveaway Day!
I'm going to giveaway two machine quilted potholders fresh out of my sewing room!
To enter just post a comment by midnight May 20th so I can contact you for an address.
I will have my husband randomly pull a name out of a hat on Friday, May 21st.  The potholders will be shipped by Monday, May 24th.








Pictured here are the potholders to be given away.  I am presently working on the second one and it will be finished by delivery.  I will ship internationally. 
These potholders do have a short history.  I made my daughter-in-law some potholders and placemats last summer for a bridal shower gift.  She loves the color red and chili peppers.  I bought the chili pepper fabrics in Florida the winter before.  These are the leftovers from that project.  I still have UFO potholders floating around my sewing room that I will be finishing on the Friday Night Sew-in.  If you want to join, check out: http://www.handmadebyheidi.blogspot.com/

I also wanted to share how my Mom taught me to finish a quilt with binding.  I start off with 2 inch strips that are on the bias.  I fold the binding in half and press.  So there are no lumps in your binding, I press 1/4" at one end of the bias strip (Note: the bias strips ends are cut at a 45 degree angle).  I use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  I sew to 1/4 inch of the corner.



Note:  On a large quilt use more pins that I do in the picture.  This is only a potholder and not as much pinning is needed.  The binding will stretch as you're sewing it on, which is not a good thing.  Also make sure that you don't stretch the binding as you're pinning it on.  We want our binding to lay nice a flat!  Just wanted to add this edit to my tutorial so it will make the job easier.  Thank you Irina for calling this to my attention :)  This is something I didn't even think of, although I've done the same thing!



When I reach the corner, I make a 45 degree turn and sew off the fabric and backstitch.





I fold the fabric back and down and stitch at the pin which is at 1/4 inch.



Update:  When you start sewing again, start at the edge of the fabric and back stitch.  I didn't used to do it this way and I know it doesn't make sense, but that was how I was taught.  So the picture below should show a line of stitching that is off the fabric and not a quarter inch in.


When I'm at the beginning of the binding, I cut off at a 45 degree slant so there is no bulk.  I blind hemstitch everything into place folding all the corners into perfect miters.  Thank you mom for teaching me how to do binding the neat and easy way!

Happy Quilting

Kay Lynne
 

72 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hope I win, someone in our family loves chili peppers.
Dianne
jmclean(AT)mts(dot)net

jabeybaby said...

Super cute potholders! BTW my kitchen is done in chili peppers just so you know! :-)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very sweet giveaway! Thanks for participating in SMS giveaway day. And thanks for entering me!

Hi! I'm Jenny said...

Cool!
I think I'm going to win!
pjjllive(at)gmail(dot)com

NotYetTheDodo2 said...

Yes - chillies! Thank you for giving these away!
I am dorte_dk(at)yahoo(dot)dk

MossyOakLane said...

Love the colors!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful stuff!

billington5@yahoo.com

Wehaf said...

Those are great colors, and thanks for the quick binding tutorial.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Ali said...

Love the pot holders. I've been meaning to buy some new ones so this giveaway is perfect! Thanks for the chance to win them! :)

Nadescha said...

wow, so beautiful!
please also check out my giveaway at www.cheekyapple.com :-)
kiwi living in vienna***
mail@cheekyapple.com

pam said...

Love your choice of colours. Thank you for the chance:)

Sara said...

I need pot holders - no lie. I always forget to buy any and am down to two...

My kitchen cabinets are black and I have red for the accent color...so they would be perfect.

nhsarab at yahoo dot com

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

Love thoses potholders. They would make a great gift for my daughter and son-in-law who just moved out of Texas and love hot chilies!

Sandra :) said...

OOooOO I have a friend who is mad for chili peppers (I made her chili pepper bibs for her brand new grandson, LOL!) - thanks for a cute giveaway - my fingers are crossed!

Noreen said...

I love red.. and your potholders!

Rosie said...

Very cute potholders! And ncie tutorial too! thanks so much for posting!

myadreply (at) hotmail (dot) com

Shanny said...

Cute pot holders. Thanks for sharing your binding tips!

luke and pamela said...

oh these are great! my sister made me very similar chili pepper placemats - these would be great along with them!
thanks for giving!

ItsMeBeth said...

I would love this. We love spicy food at our home =]

going kiwi said...

Cute potholders! I am in need of some new ones. Thanks for the giveaway.

Ana said...

Your potholders feel so precious, and I can feel how grateful you are for your mother showing you how to bind the neat and easy way. Does sewing take far longer then?

Carrie said...

Perfect giveaway!
carriebjacobs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mia J. said...

I so need some new potholders and these are so cute. Thanks for the chance to win them.

Little Cooties said...

you have used fantastic colour in your pot holders, very bold! and thanks for the info on sewing :)

merlinthecat said...

Those are cute pot holders. We always need those here...mine run away :) thank you for the tip on the binding!

Victoria said...

I do my binding the same way but the straight pin trick is new to me. Thanks! How di you know I need potholders?

Lichtlein said...

WOW, what a wonderful idea!
I'm deeply impressed.

Kind regards from Germany
Claudia alias frauknopf@gmx.de

Sandra said...

Nice job on the potholder and the tutorials. Have fun with the giveaway;)

Vickie LeBlanc said...

I am actually in need of new potholders right now. These are lovely and thank you for a beautiful giveaway.

Jen said...

Those are fantastic! Peppers are always a cooking staple in our house ;)

Birgit said...

I love chili peppers, so, naturally, I would be happy to give your potholders a good new home. :)

Greetings from Munich,
Birgit

Cami said...

we love spicy peppers! eheh cute pot holders.
camistewart@hotmail.com

Desiree said...

My mother in law would absolutly adore these. Thanks for the chance to win.
simply.simon.sisters(at)gmail.com

baukje said...

They are lovely and thanks for the tuto, I am a beginner so tuto's are great for me.

http://busybeefree.blogspot.com/

Jen said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Nanbon44 said...

please enter my name in your lovely drawing, ladycolmn(at)aol(dot)com from Florida Gulf Coast area. oh and I love the quilt with the old fashion boot..

2dayisgood said...

i love your tutorial. i'm saving it. thanks so much!!

my sister would love these in her kitchen.

Beetle said...

Ooh, hot chili peppers. I love spicy food, and these pot holders are just adorable. I'll bet your daughter-in-law loved them. I hope I'm the lucky one who wins these. thorandellie[at]gmail[dot]com

sewfunky said...

Please enter me in the draw and don't forget to enter mine!
http://tinyurl.com/34k4cgd

Vivian said...

Wonderful potholder!!

Thanks for the chance.

Helena said...

Nice potholders, thanks

susanna said...

these would match my kitchen perfectly!! would love to win them!!

Erin said...

Cute potholders!

T.J. said...

We could definitely use some fresh potholders in our kitchen! These ones are so spunky! Thanks! thevanandthecart[at]gmail[dot]com

beachcovejewelry said...

Love red and black together!!!

The Handmade Expo and Handmade Heaven said...

Wow...you are so generous...thanks heaps for the opp to win and fingers crossed.

From
Liesa
handmadeheaven@optusnet.com.au

Ann said...

hi.thanks for the binding tutorial.i am new to sewing so appreciated the tips.
thanks for the giveaway.

Ann
oceanian[at]gmail[dot]com

Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

Ohhh this is a cute prize! My husband and I are big fans of chilli and red is one of my favourite colours.

:) Deb
debyeo at hotmail dot com

Crunchy Sews said...

Really enjoyed your binging tutorial. I never have an easy time with it. I'm going to bookmark this for next time.

Michele said...

Cute potholders!

dazelaw said...

What lovely bright potholders. Thanks for sharing them in this give away.
Love the feather quilting in the post before, very nice.
Shelli
dazelaw@earthlink.net

Meredith said...

Thanks for participating in the SMS giveaway! These are awesome!

spiralowlcreations at gmail dot com

Kristen said...

These are great! So cute with the pepper theme.

Great giveaway!

Kelly O. said...

great giveaway! thanks for the chance to win! crossing my fingers!

djaj said...

thanks for the giveaway and the tutorial !

Mama Lusco said...

Fun! Thanks for the great giveaway. luscofamily(at)ortelco.net

Stephanie said...

so cute. thank you.

atchisonsteph@gmail.com

Hootie said...

I think if I win I'll be inspired to try making one (or a ton) of these! :) How cute.

Hugs from Indiana-

Anonymous said...

I like the peppers! Thank you for the chance to win. I am currently using what i call "crab claws" for pot holders, they are plasticky and hard to control. It would be lovely to win these!
Laila
pixie_shadow AT hotmail.com

Lisa said...

Great looking pot holders...
Thanks for sharing how to do binding... I dread finishing my quilts because of binding... I think I can follow your instructions..
thanks again,
Lisa

Beverley Baird said...

What a great giveaway!
Cool tutorial as well! Thanks!

Oh Holland! said...

Cute potholders!

Irina said...

Thanks for the tip on how to sew the corners!!! very useful!

Irina
http://www.el-petit-taller.blogspot.com

Fleurette said...

Thats my favorite colour,lovely tutorial! thanks.

Linds said...

I love the red and black combo!

Needled Mom said...

Cute potholders, and I was really glad to see the tutorial of finishing with binding. I need to forward it to a friend who lives a distance away from me and I have been trying to explain the technique to her. Thanks.

sommerkind said...

I want to start quilting with potholders. I wonder what I should put inside, though, as I'm afraid, that poyester would cath fire too fast.

Judy said...

Loved the potholders. Great giveaway. Like your work. Thanks

Judy said...

Love your work. Thanks for sharing.

Ammie said...

Sweet! Thanks for the chance to win these cute potholders. :)
ammieloris at hotmail dot com

Turtle said...

how fun, i love to sew but never have made pot holders. My gram made us a bunch shortly before we passed. We do use them and love them but sadly they will need to be retired soon. these would be fun replacements!

Susie said...

Oh VERY cool, and the story behind it makes them all the more special!
thank you too for the tip from your mom! Passed-down tips are the best. xo