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Life is Good!
10 December, 2013
08 December, 2013
Meet my newest time-saving sewing assistant; yep, it's Elmer's school glue! I saw an online tutorial using school glue instead of pins for attaching binding to a quilt in preparation for stitching. You're probably shaking your head in disbelief, I did too; at first, but the more I read the more interested I became in trying out the technique. I had everythig I needed on hand, including a quilt just waiting to be bound.
Place your to-be-bound quilt on the ironing board and apply glue dots as shown in photograph above. I only attached a few inches at a time.
After matching up the raw edges of the binding along the quilt edge on top of the glue dots press it with a hot, dry iron to set the glue. Don't use steam! This glue is completely washable, so much so that even one burst of steam will absolutely dissolve the glue without so much as a trace remaining, believe me.
Work your way around the quilt, including the corners (as shown) gluing and pressing as you go.
It was a joyful sight to observe the attached binding, all around the edges, as the quilt dropped off the ironing board and to the floor; the binding didn't budge!
The next step was to move the quilt to the cutting table and mark my stitching line, 1/4" from the edge. I always do this, it was a snap to mark without the bulk of pins beneath! I find the stitching line helpful because I always use a walking foot to stitch down my bindings and can't judge the seam allowance well enough with that foot attached, the line is one extra insurance step toward accuracy.
Stitching down the binding was smooth sailing all the way, the glue never got hard; it was soft and pliable, plus it held firmly, the entire time! A word of caution: make sure that you use WASHABLE School Glue. The components of this glue guarantee a complete and clean wash out. The link for the tutorial I saw is here. I happened to have the clear school glue (leftover from the sparkle bottle) but the white school glue seems to work the same way, both dry clear.
There you go, tried and true!Life is Good!
25 November, 2013
|EQ Design for 2014 "Grandma's Gift ~ A Recreation" 45" X 63"|
This could be subtitled: "Behind Bars"
Life is Good!
21 November, 2013
20 November, 2013
19 November, 2013
these sparkle/time-out/relax bottles for her two children, they love them; in fact, so do I! I came home and gathered the few supplies (she graciously provided me with her left-over glitter) and made one to take to Gregory. This first photo was taken after thoroughly shaking the bottle to distribute the contents the night before, and this photo, below is how it looked when it had settled out the next morning. I had Mr. Goodneedle super-glue the lid on good and tight.
|As I suspected, he was captivated and shook it up right away!|
|He loved it; who wouldn't?|