Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday Tip - Seam Ripping

Ugh!! It seems everyone can relate to the agonizing and tedious work of seam ripping! Picking and ripping out those tiny little stitches a couple at a time! Nothing worse!! :(
Hey, wait a minute...what's that little red ball for??
Seriously!?!! Seam ripping just became a breeze and sort of fun!! If that's even possible! Watch this little video demonstration here and your life will be forever changed! :)

You're Welcome! :)

Happy Quilting!

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~

Saturday, February 21, 2015

TEASERS!! And, Dallas - Here we come!! :)


This post is full of teasers!! :) We're just very excited about what we have in the works and want to at least share portions of what we are up to. Helen's busy at work with this awesome quilting! We can't wait to share this gorgeous quilt!
And Jenny working up something fantastic with the beautiful simplicity of yellow and white.

Sherilyn is working some magic with this scrumptious fabric! Yummy!! :)

And a couple more fabulous creations! 

So many secrets!! So much excitement!! :)

Also, we are looking forward to spending a few days together in Dallas! Thurs. Feb. 26 - Sat. Feb. 28. 
Dallas Modern Quilt Guild - Here we come! We are so excited! Here is all the information! We hope to meet some of you there! It's sure to be a great time! 

Happy Saturday Quilting Everyone! 

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday Tips - Binding with Mitered corners and Invisible Join

For this quilt I used 2 1/2" binding strips. Make sure prepared binding is at least an extra12-14 inches longer then perimeter of quilt. Begin by placing strips together, as shown, with right sides together.

Pin to secure and stitch from upper right corner to bottom left corner.

Trim a 1/4" from seam and press seams open.

Fold binding and press. 
Begin stitching binding in the middle of a side. I used a fat 1/4 in" seam allowance. Leave a 4 to 5" tail.

For mitered corners, stitch to a 1/4" from edge then stitch diagonally to corner.

Fold binding across...

then back over and align edge of binding with edge of quilt.

Begin stitching from the edge.

This technique creates beautiful mitered corners.

For an invisible join, stop stitching about 7-8 inches from where you began. You should have beginning and ending tails. We'll call the beginning tail A and the ending tail B.

Trim off about 3" of tail B. This piece will be used for measuring.
Place tail A along edge of quilt then lay tail B on top of tail A.

Open up the 3" piece of binding and line up right edge with the end of tail A - tail A is the one on the bottom.

Make a mark on tail B using the left edge of the 3" measuring fabric...

and cut.

Open up both tail ends. Tail A vertical, right side up, tail B horizontal, right side down, laying across tail A. Make sure tail B is flipped in the correct direction as shown - be sure right sides are together.

Pin to secure, making sure top and bottom fabric is flat.

Stitch from bottom right corner to upper left corner.

Trim a 1/4" from seam, press seam open and press binding in half.  This is a little challenging because at this point all of the binding is attached to the whole quilt...but you can do it! :)

Your binding should be just the right length to finish. Place along edge, pin if desire, and stitch on.

Voila! Invisible join! :)
Finish binding either by machine or hand. 

For determining size of binding, visit this Tuesday Tips page here.

Happy Binding!

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Saturday Spotlight - from the blue chair

We are  very excited to spotlight Kati, from the blue chair and her gorgeous Metro Twist quilt!

The additional purple row is fantastic! It's subtle yet you don't miss it! Brilliant!

The backing is so beautiful! It ties the whole quilt together.

Amazingly, she custom quilted this beauty on her standard sewing machine! Now that is talent!

Thanks Kati for letting us spotlight your beautiful quilt and amazing talent! If you'd like to know more about Kati and how this Metro Twist came together, visit her here

We hope your Saturday is productive - especially where quilting is concerned! Happy Quilting! :)

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Fab Feb!

February is off to a fabulous start!
Helen did a fantastic job on her Chic Kisses! and this other one is a Helen original called Big X Little O. Amazing!

To Say Helen's been busy piecing, quilting and binding is an understatement!! She had a lot to do to get ready for her trip to Shipshewana Indiana for her lecture and demo. She arrived there today as a matter of fact. It sure would have been fun to join her, next time! :)

A new Metro Waves and Metro Lattice to join the other two - headed to Indiana!

Jenny and Sherilyn have also been busy - maybe not in exactly the same way but busy all the same.
They both have fun re-works using Metro Twist.
Jenny's, with a very elegant and modern feel.
And Sherilyn getting into the Valentines Day spirit with some fun hugs and kisses! :)
We are all working on something very exciting but need to keep it a secret for now! Sherilyn has one secret completed and it's just now waiting for some of Jenny's magical quilting! Here's a little tease. 
Jenny's also involved with transforming her home! She's as good at remodeling and redecorating as she is quilting! Follow her in IG @jennyshousetransformation

Happy Quilting everyone! :)

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~