Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Drunkard's Path

Looks like there would be a better name for that pattern, especially since this one is a gift for a church administrator.  LOL  I don't know if that's really her title, but if it isn't, it should be.  She's a wonderful woman of faith and a great blessing to our church.  To me, she's still a young woman, but she has a great love for quilts and for the older patterns and fabrics.  So I hope she likes this one.  (Shhhh.....it's a surprise!)

I've used this seed packet fabric before.  I like it a lot.  And it seems to be pretty happy with the front fabric as well. 

I've mentioned before that I machine sew the bindings onto my quilts.  I thought tonight I would give you a little mini tutorial on how I do that.  First of all, I use 2 1/2" strips of fabric, cut selvedge to selvedge, and then sewn together.  Press seams open, fold in half along the length of the fabric and press.  Now, sew the raw edge to the back side of the quilt sandwich. 

As you can see from the previous picture, I leave a little extra fabric when I am sewing around the corners, and I don't sew it quite all the way to the edge of the corner.  After sewing the rest of the binding to the quilt back, go back and pick up each of the corners.  Fold it in half with the corner of the quilt right in the middle.  Starting at the quilt side, sew a "V".


Then all you have to do is clip those corners off,

and turn it toward the front of the quilt.  I really like this little pointy thing.  I got it for free when I bought something, probably a book, years ago.  It does a great job of making those corners look good.

Now all you have to do is machine sew to the front, trying to keep your stitching pretty well in the same orientation on the front and back of the quilt.  (And no, I do not succeed at that a lot of the time. LOL)

I really heart how this one turned out, and I hope she does, too.

I also hope I've made some kind of sense with my tutorial. 

Hugs and kisses,


Karen said...

Great looking quilt. Love all those curves! I agree, Drunkard's Path doesn't suit. With all the flowers maybe a slight name change to garden path will do. Just a starting suggestion.
Thanks for the info on binding. I had not seen that technique for corners before. Delighted to learn something new.

Debs said...

Thanks for the binding lesson. Why not leave the name 'Drunkards Path', I'm sure your administrator would take in the Spirit at 'Joel's Bar' ;-)

*karendianne. said...

Oh my but this turned out so lovely. Your work never ceases to amaze me anymore - I tell ya!

Melanie said...

Love this quilt--- lucky girl.....great colors, love the backing.

Connie said...

Beautiful quilt!

Thanks for showing the way you do the binding corners, I love the way it looks when finished. Going to give that technique a try.

Thimbleanna said...

Very clever with those corners Elaine! And another beautiful quilt -- I'm sure your friend is going to love it!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

So cheerful and vibrant! I love it! blessings,Kathleen

Barb said...

I love your drunkard's path..

Margaret said...

Hey that is really a neat way to do bindings never seen anything like that before, I am hand sewing a binding for Andrea , next one I will have a go at your way. Back to the quilt immensely like the colours and the backing of the quilt. Could be drunk in the spirit like Acts .

Oiyi said...

Thank you for the tutorial!