Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop ~ My Day!

Welcome to my garden!

My newest blooms are these Ruffle Flowers! 

When Carla @ Creatin' in the Sticks announced this
fabulous flower filled blog hop... 

Where Flowers Bloom Blog Hop

I knew just what I wanted to make.

I have had this pattern in my stash for a long time.
It is the "French Rose Buds" baby quilt version of the "French Roses" design,
but I adapted it for a tablerunner.
The reason why these raw edge applique flowers are called "French Roses" 
is because the quilter who copyrighted the pattern
is named Heather French.

This is the very basic layout for my table runner.

Add fabulous fabrics,
Mostly Manor and Meadow Storm,
from Victoria Findlay Woolfe
and a basic blue from my stash.

As always, my little quilty kitty Maestro helped "audition" the fabrics.

Maestro is very "paws on" when it comes to helping.

We appliqued the flowers randomly onto the center panel of blue,
10" by 32" with a 1" border.

The added the large print outer border and quilted.

Straight stitching with varigated "pink lemonade" thread
on the lines on the floral fabric.
Maestro took a break at this point on my quilting chair.

Then we densely outlined the flowers in blue thread for the top stitches.

I added an extra rag snipped yellow circle and a rose button
to the center of each flower
that was not a part pf the original pattern
for a more 3-D ruffle effect.

The binding is my new favorite method,
a machine stitched two-color,
flanged binding. 

For my

Maestro had her paw in on this part, too.

Maestro especially loves to help remove the binding clips.

This table runner measures
18 and 1/2 inches by 55 and 1/2 inches,
custom size for my dining room table

I tried taking photos on my new runner on my dining table,
but Maestro was a little too helpful
and the lighting did not do the fabrics justice.

So I took it outside in the bright morning sun.

The inspiration for this quilt came directly from
these roses in my garden.

When I am not sewing, reading or petting the kitties,
I like to putter around in the garden
of our tiny city yard.

I love my garden swings for sitting and enjoying.

I love my covered deck for outdoor dining.
My new runner is a lovely way to set my outdoor table
for our evening meal.

Here is the pieced back of my table runner.

Be sure to sit a few and enjoy all the pretty flower gardens today ... 

Thank you for visiting my garden today!

I really appreciate each and every comment on my blog.

Your kind words make my quilty day!

Since blogger has changed its comment notification due to the new privacy laws,
it has made it much more difficult to respond to each lovely comment.

Please know that, as I read and reread your comments
I send you smiles and good wishes.

Thank you! 

Thank you,  Carla, for hosting this beautiful blog hop!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Two Fabric Flanged Machine Binding Tutorial

This is a detailed tutorial of how I sewed the
Two Fabric Flanged Machine Binding
to my
Ruffle Flowers Table Runner Quilt

I saw this type of binding online and
those bindings looked too small and thin for me,
so I developed my own cutting method
to make a full, standout binding.

I have had many requests from readers for a tutorial of this binding method

Sew here it is ...

Audition and choose your binding fabrics.

I used to have a difficult time choosing just one,
so using two fabrics is a win-win for me!

Trim the edges of the quilt to 1/2 inch from the edge.

I run a line of stitches around the edge of the quilt during the quilting process
and use this as a guide line. 

Cut 1 and 1/2" strips of the main binding fabric fabric,
2" strips of the accent (flange) fabric.

Sew the strips together end to end.

Trim the selvedge and press open.

Sew together lengthwise.

Press to the main fabric.

Press in half making a sharp edge on the flange.

I like to use a large Binding Baby to hold me prepared binding.

This cutie sits very nicely on the second thread spindle on my machine.

As you can see I match my binding thread color to the flange color.

My bobbin color is the one I used for quilting the back of the quilt.

Machine stitch to the back of the quilt 1/2 inch from the edge of the quilt,
leaving a ten inch tail at the beginning.

I place the cut edge of the binding on the line of stitches
that I run around the very edge of the quilt during the quilting stage.

You can see that line of stitches ... 

visible here, as I stop to turn the corner.

I backstitch off at an angle to the corner.

The I fold my corner at a right angle and put a clip where
I want to start sewing on the next side.

I remove the clip, needle down and up and pull up the bobbin thread,
take two stitches and backstitch two stitches
so my corner is closed and secure.

To finish my binding, I stop my stitches leaving about a ten inch opening.

Then I fold the fabrics to meet in the middle of the opening
and finger press.

I mark the place where I want to start stitching with an erasable fabric marker.

I cut both ends about an extra inch long.

I open the binding and with right sides together,
I match the flange edge carefully an pin

I mark a line with the erasable fabric marker
and sew along the line.

I hand press open the closing seam, trim to a quarter inch seam
and turn it right side out sand flatten it.

Then I sew the opening closed.

Then I fold the binding to the front, tucking in the batting edge,
and use binding clips to secure around the edges.

The flange will just cover the line of stitches that secure the binding to the back.

Here is the corner fold.

Here is what the clipped binding looks like front and back.

To stitch the binding to the front of my quilt I use my zipper foot.
This little foot fits snugly into the narrow flange.

To turn the corner, I open the binding and stitch right up to the line
that attaches the binding to the back.

Then I fold the corner and clip.

I resume stitching at the corner and continue all around with the help of the paw.

This is a close up of the binding on the front.

Close up of the back.

You can see the line of stitches that secures the binding to the front
just inside the turn.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

If you use this method, I would love to receive feedback to


Here are some of the other recent flanged bindings I have sewn.

There are also how to photos for the scrappy binding on my
  Fat Quarter Cubes Pillow
which has a gray ombre flange.

For more examples,
I have also added this binding to these quilts:

This striped and silver grey binding is on my

This two color also appears on my

Every time I use this method,
I love it more and more.

It is now my favorite go-to method of binding.

May you enjoy it, too.

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Thanks for visiting me today!