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Quick Quilting Tips: Making Bias Binding

May 22, 2014

Confession: I have never done straight grain binding.


What’s the difference??  There’s really two types of binding: straight on the grain or cross grain binding and bias binding.  

Straight on the grain binding and cross grain is cut along with the selvage.  It’s easier to make. Strips are pieced on the diagonal.  When you piece on the diagonal, you’ll lose almost 3 inches of each strip due to the seam and trimming off the waste.

Bias Binding is more traditional.  It’s said that it last longer. . . because there’s more thread coverage at the outside edge of the binding.  It’s stretchy for the curved quilts.

There’s pros and cons to each binding.

Today, I will show you how to making Bias Binding my way.

First, I always premake my binding.  I like just reaching in the drawer and picking one. Slapping it on the quilt and then sitting in front of the t.v hand stitching it to the quilt.

1yds of fabric = 720 inches of binding
1/2yd of fabric = 360 inches of binding
fat quarter of fabric = 126 inches of binding
24inch ruler
Rotary cutter

Steps: Below, I made a nifty video on how I cut the binding.  Enjoy!

  1. Cut the selvages off
  2. Iron the fabric
  3. Fold into a square into a triangle
  4. Fold the right point into the center
  5. Fold the left point into the center
  6. Make sure it measures to 24inches or less
  7. Use the ruler as T-square and trim of the edge
  8. Start cutting your 2.5inch strips. . . or less whatever floats your boat.

If you’re looking for more Quick Quilting tips and great quilts to put together you should really check out Amy’s new book Fabulously Fast Quilts


I’ve known Amy for a long time and was really excited to find out that she finally wrote a book.  She’s got traditional style with a slash of modern mix.  In general the most down to earth quilter I know.



12.5″ Origami Star Tutorial

March 23, 2014

If you don’t remember, back in 2013 I was apart of the Diary of A Quilter’s Virtual Quilting Bee and did a great tutorial on a 8.5″ Origami Star Tutorial. I did mention in that post I would be posting the math for a 12.5″ block (well never did!) So here’s the math for a 12.5 x 12.5 block:

12.5 Origami Star Block

Fabric Requirements:

  • (4) 2.00 x 6.5 inches strips in fabric choice 1 (Strip#1)
  • (4) 2.00 x 6.5 inches strips in fabric choice 2 (Strip#2)
  • (4) 3.50 x 6.5 inches strips in fabric choice 3 (Strip#3)
  • (12) 3.5 x 3.5 inches squares in background fabric (with a pencil or Pilot FriXion pen mark a diagonal line on each small square)

Block Construction steps:

*If you do “chain piecing” you should have this block done in less time it takes you to make dinner.  Chain piecing is sewing your units in an assembly line.

Step 1:  Sew strips together – you want the large strip in the middle.

  • Sew Strip#1 to Strip#3
  • Press seams open
  • Sew Strip#2 to the other side of Strip#3
  • When you’re all done you should have a block that measures 6.5 x 6.5 (square it up)

Step #1 Step 2: Sew background fabric to 6.5 x 6.5 block ***W A R N I N G***  Make sure if you’re chain piecing to have each block positioned the same so you don’t mess up on background fabric placement and have to unpick

  • Take (1) 3.5 x 3.5 background square block (right sides together) and line it with the top of your 6.5 x 6.5 square and sew on the line that you’ve marked.
  • Trim off the corner leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance
  • Press the seam allowance open
  • Place another background square on the opposite side of the square and repeat the instructions above
  • Place the last background square on and repeat

Step #2 Step 3: Sewing the Units together

  • With a 1/4 seam allowance sew the corner units together.
  • Press seams open

Step #3
Origami Star Tutorial



Tutorial, Youtube

Origami Star – How to!

February 24, 2014

OMG! So this is my 1st How to: YouTube video so hopefully you’ll go easy on me!

Back in Jr. High – my friends and I would fold hundreds of these stars! Then we’d put them in a jar and it was this cute craft right? So other folks listed wrote their wishes or dreams on the paper.

If you’re looking for already cut paper with cute kawaii characters ck Etsy out.  I might get back into folding these little suckers!



Star Burst Pure Elements Quilt + {Pure Elements Giveaway}

April 15, 2013

Today, I’m showing you how to make the Starburst Quilt out of a lovely stack of Pure Elements on Art Gallery’s blog!

Starburst Quilt

I’m really happy with how this quilt turned out. It’s also fast to put together! Each block measures 20 1/2 x 20 1/2 (unfinished) and I teach you how to make HSTs (half square triangles) fast!


You honestly can’t go wrong when you choose Pure Elements Solids.  The hues are awesome. . so bright and the can literally feel the superior in quality.  If you don’t have Pure Elements in your stash. . seriously reconsider and add some!  The solids I used in the quilt above are:

  • Cherry Lipgloss
  • Crystal Pink
  • Mirage Blue
  • Parisian Blue
  • Light Citron
  • Verve Violet
  • Cabernet
  • Empire Yellow

Art Gallery Pure Elements
Now for the giveaway details:

Up for grabs a fat quarter pack of the colors in this quilt!

You can find Pure Elements in some of my favorite online shops:

Moona Fabrics                     Fat Quarter Shop

The Intrepid Thread         Hawthorne Threads

How to Enter to Win:

  • Leave a comment on what your favorite Pure Elements solid is
  • Follow my blog for another entry (see that button on the bottom right)
  • Follow Art Gallery on their blog and leave a comment
  • Follow Art Gallery on Facebook and leave a comment
  • Follow Art Gallery on Twitter and leave a comment
  • Follow Art Gallery on Pinterest and leave a comment

Winner will be selected  on Friday April 19 – Good luck!

I’m really luck to have such a great photo assistant btw!