Sunday, October 21, 2012

This & That




I've got a little bit of this and that for your today--I've been thinking about posting about all of these things and finally just decided to put them all in one post!  I recently made a quilt that just had to have bias binding, but I had limited fabric available and wanted to be sure I'd have enough to go around the whole quilt. In the past I've used Heather Mulder Peterson's terrific tutorial for making bias binding (find it here). But recently I saw a new post on bias binding and decided to give it a try.



Sew For Home recently posted a very thorough tutorial about bias binding (find it here). I loved the fact tht this post gives you a formula for figuring yardage for bias binding. I was able to quickly calculate that I needed just a 24" square of fabric to make 2 1/4" bias binding for a 40" x 50" baby quilt. Everything worked out perfectly; I have just the piece of binding pictured above left over and didn't waste any fabric. I've saved this formula in my notebook for future reference.


The bias binding was just what this quilt needed...with so much pink the quilt needed something "extra" around the edges.


And since I'd used the plaid for the backing as well, the contrast with the plaid on bias added some interest to the back of the quilt.


On a completely different subject...I just have to mention how much I love these cookbooks--Our Best Bites: Mormon Moms in the Kitchen and Savoring the Seasons With Our Best Bites. I have a very picky family, but I love to make homemade meals; these two books have been an incredible help in my homemaking. I've made over half of the recipes in Sara and Kate's first book and am now steadily making things from their latest release while trying to finish making everything in the first book! I keep getting the question,"Where did you get this recipe? It's amazing!"

The answer is always the same..."You know those cookbooks I bought...the recipe came from there!" I highly recommend them both!


Just a few more things...the spring/summer quilts are folded and back in the closets...



And the "fallish" quilts are out on display! Pulling these quilts out after they've been "away" for half the year is like welcoming an old friend! 
 
 




And finally, there is a terrific article in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living about the restorative power of creating! The article is titled, "This is Your Brain on Crafts" and discusses the benefits of crafting in easing stress and helping us to feel happiness.

Okay...well that's all for now (hope that wasn't too much for one post)! Thanks so much for stopping by...have a wonderful day!


26 comments:

doodlebugmom said...

love the pink and the plaid, very sweet.

Nanna said...

beautiful quilts! & I love the binding for the pink one, at first I was thiking I've never seen any like that, then saw your link how to make it, wow! such detailed instructions, the magazines look like there's lots of yummy recipes waiting to be tested lol
Helen

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I enjoyed your post! Lots of great info and I think I will be cookbook shopping! I always love finding recommendations from blogging friends! And your binding is very cute! Love the quilts too! Have a great week!

Melia Mae Quilting said...

Your quilt looks beautiful. I love all the pink!

•stephanie• said...

bias binding is always worth the extra effort.
and, yes, it always surprises me how little yardage it requires.
yours looks perfect!

Shontelle said...

Thanks for the tips on the bias binding - I have been searching for a good tutorial as I'm about to tackle it for the first time.

Carol said...

Love the pink quilt, the binding is perfect...love plaid on the bias. Thanks for the link to the formula...I have a chart but sometimes I'd like to be more precise, because of limited fabric. Our Best Bites is wonderful...,love their blog...made lots of yummy recipes from them. I'll have to get the books. What a wonderful post. I'm going to pick up Martha when I go to the grocery store.

Linda said...

Thanks for this post. Loved the baby quilt...has some of my favorite fabrics in it. I'm wondering if we could see a picture of the whole quilt? It looks lovely. Thanks...enjoy your blog.

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Fun post! I love the bias plaid. Enjoy your autumn quilts!

mindingmomma said...

cute baby quilt and yummy looking stack of fall-ish quilts you pulled out

Mary said...

You're such a tease! I want to see the pink quilt - all of it! I LOVE pink and white quilts.

Nanette Merrill said...

I love stacks of quilts. They make me happy. The binding is lovely. I always like bias look binding.

Patti said...

You've done it again! You've made a wonderful quilt with wonderful bias binding and then make a wonderful tutorial for me to follow. Thank you so much.

Connie Rhea said...

You always help me learn new tricks on old things. Thanks. Pink is my color. Wish I could snatch the pink quilt off the page.

Jenniffier Kramer said...

What lovely stacks of quilts! I can't wait until I have enough quilts to start having ones that work for seasons :)

Jean(ie) said...

I'll have to go to the library to read that issue. That article sounds right up my alley.

Sinta Renee said...

I just did the switcheroo with Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter quilts as well. You are right, it is like welcoming an old friend. It's nice to see yours out again! I love those colors!

Laura G said...

Your quilts are so beautiful and inspiring. These pictures of your quilts are just one of the reasons I love reading your blog. Thanks for sharing.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Beautiful pictures. I'm going to pinterest the binding tutorial and stop by Barnes and Noble to check out the MS article. Thanks!

Quiltsmiles said...

That bias plaid for the binding is perfect and so sweet. Nice finish. Jane

Mama Pea said...

I love that plaid binding! Just lovely. Glad you found something that worked for you.

jack lance said...

Sweet pink and plaid:)
I have never been much of a cook. Recipes are hard to follow, use weird ingredients and take way too much time. Our Best Bites is awesome! I've followed the blog for a while and thought the recipes looked delicious. I just bought the book last week and have already made 5 things from it-all turned out so great! I can't wait to keep making more and more from it.

Regards,
Jack
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Donna said...

So glad to be introduced to the Sew 4 Home site. Your choice of the pink bias binding was a great finish to that quilt. Always thanking you for your blo!

Anna Veit said...

Hope you can help. What are the fabrics you used in "This and That" post? The pinks are wonderful, especially the plaid! Anna

Anna Veit said...

Hope you can help. What are the fabrics you used in "This and That" post? The pinks are wonderful, especially the plaid! Anna

Anna Veit said...

Hope you can help. What are the fabrics you used in "This and That" post? The pinks are wonderful, especially the plaid! Anna