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!