Wallflowers Quilt-Along, Week 6: Binding & Sharing

Wallflowers Quilt-Along, Week 6

It’s the final week of our Wallflowers quilt-along, and as promised at the beginning, if you’ve followed along from week to week, you’ll have a finished Wallflowers quilt any day now! :-)

This week, we’ll put the final touches on our quilts by attaching the binding. And if you’re like me and love the crinkly look of a first-washed quilt, you’ll also be quick to {lovingly} toss your freshly bound quilt in the washing machine (gentle cycle) with a color catcher.

As linked to in a previous post here, if you need help figuring out how to bind your quilt, check out Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew’s guide here (available on her website). Alternatively, you can review my post on binding (used in a previous quilt tutorial) here. Below, I’m sharing pictures of the steps I take for how to join those loose binding tails so they blend in with the other bias seams in your binding.

How to bind a quilt

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Machine stitch along the drawn grey line.

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Fold the binding back over, align the joined strip along the quilt’s edge, and finish stitching the binding to the quilt top. Now you can begin attaching the binding to the back of the quilt.


 

Check back in next week, when I’ll reveal pics of my finished quilt! Don’t forget: if you’ve been blogging about your Wallflowers quilt, be sure to share a link to your post by leaving a comment with your link. And if you’re on Instagram, keep on using #wallflowersqal to tag each of your pictures. Each picture along with each of your blog posts that share your progress with the Wallflowers quilt-along count as entries to win 1 of our 3 prizes! The more entries you have, the better your chances!

 

Wallflowers Quilt-Along, Week 5: Quilting

Week 1: Supplies   |   Week 2: Cutting   |   Week 3: Layout & Piecing   |   Week 4: Piecing & Quilt Sandwich   |   Week 5: Quilting   |   Week 6: Binding & Sharing

Wallflowers Quilt-Along with Bloomerie Fabrics - Week 5: Quilting

Time is just flying by on our Wallflowers quilt-along, isn’t it? Can you believe that in just 2 more weeks, we’ll have finished quilts?! Most of my quilts usually take me months and months to make, with all the starts and stops — and of course, no accountability! It’s been an incredible experience for me to be able to share the process with others working on the same quilt as me. We’ve formed a little group over on Instagram and it’s so much fun to check in daily and see what every one else is working on and all the great fabrics we’ve all chosen to work with. I should do all my quilts like this from now on! You guys have helped me stay motivated — and that really is more than half the battle sometimes! (Anyone else have quilting ADD?)

This week, we’ll start (and hopefully finish) quilting. This can be a daunting task for many, but I think I’ve got a couple tips for those who are a little fearful of this step.

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First off, I think it’s normal to be a little nervous about quilting. (Right? Or is it just me? Please tell me it’s not just me.) But all those nerves do me no good! Let me tell you what does me some good though: a little practice or warm-up lap before the big game. Find 2 decent-sized pieces of scrap fabric (something around 8″ x 8″ or more is fine — and don’t use any of your favorite fabrics) and a piece of leftover quilt batting. From this, we’ll make a mini quilt sandwich, and we’ll use the mini quilt sandwich to practice our quilting on. Just like I did in the image above (above right).

I do this practice lap any time I’m going to be free motion quilting. It helps me get the nerves out, steady my hand, and find my quilting groove. With free motion quilting, so much of it is muscle memory. This practice helps your hand identify the pattern and the movement. And since it’s just scrap fabric and batting, I’m not worried about making a wrong turn or having to rip out any stitches.

My second tip is to put in a fresh needle. Really. It’s so simple, but a fresh needle can make all the difference in the world.

What about you? Have any tips?


 

Don’t forget to share your progress pics from the quilt-along with us! Link to your blog or use #wallflowersqal on Instagram. If you don’t blog and you’re not on Instagram, you can always send us an email with your pictures! Really… we want to see what everyone is up to!

Wallflowers Quilt-Along, Week 4: Piecing and Quilt Sandwich

Wallflowers Quilt-Along, Week 4 - Piecing and Quilt Sandwich

This week, we’ll continue piecing our quilt top and move on to the quilt sandwich. Between the piecing and pressing, this stage can take a bit of time. (Let’s not forget seam ripping, too. Ooops!) There’s no rush, though, since we’ve got another week to work on it! (Did I hear a collective sigh of relief?)

Just one quick tip for you this week… Make sure you’re following the pressing directions in the pattern. It’s not just extra fiddly work — it’s actually helping you create nested seams. And those nested seams will aid you in getting all your points to match up.

Wallflowers quilt blocks

I’ve got all my flower blocks pieced and have started adding the sashing strips in between each row. Those above are just 2 of my blocks. I think when you’ve got all your blocks done, it’s a good time to ooh and aah over them — and then pick which one is your favorite! I’m still trying to decide… :-)

Once your blocks are done and sashed, do a little happy dance and make yourself a sandwich.

A quilt sandwich, that is. Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew has put together a handy little guide for finishing quilts, which includes making your quilt sandwich. Click here to download her guide from her website. You can also check out my guide to making quilt sandwiches here. Just scroll down to the bottom of that blog post to see how I do it.

Or you may just happen to have your very own way! There’s really so much variation in this particular step (baste vs. pin vs. spray), so do what works best for you.

Until next time, fellow quilt-alongers! Don’t forget to share your progress with us on Instagram or on your own blog. Send us links or leave a comment. If you don’t Instagram or blog, you can also email us your pictures to made{at}bloomeriefabrics.com! We’d love to see them!

Also, feel free to ask questions in the comments. We’re here to share and be your personal cheerleaders.

 

Wallflowers Quilt-Along, Week 3: Piecing

Week 1: Supplies   |   Week 2: Cutting   |   Week 3: Layout & Piecing   |   Week 4: Piecing & Quilt Sandwich   |   Week 5: Quilting   |   Week 6: Binding & Sharing

Wallflowers Quilt-Along with Bloomerie Fabrics, week 3 = Piecing

Can you believe it? It’s week 3 already! In just a few more weeks we will all have finished quilts.

Who are you making yours for? Will it be a gift for someone special this holiday season?

My 5-year-old has spotted me making my version of the Wallflowers quilt and keeps asking me who I’m making it for. :-) She’s informed me on more than one occasion that she loves the colors I’m using. (Truth is: I know that pink, red, and purple are definitely more her style than the aqua, green, yellow, and orange I’m using in this quilt.)

Do you think she’s trying to leave not-so-subtle hints that she’s hoping this quilt will find its way to her bedroom? Hmmm…

I digress… back to the quilt!

There are 2 things we’ll focus on this week: layout and piecing. For layout, you’ll want to play around with your fabrics and determine which prints you’ll be pairing together in each wallflower. I usually spend a few days on this part. In a quilt like this, I’m aiming for balance;  I don’t want any section (left, middle, right, top, center) to feel heavier than the others. I want my eye to move all around the quilt and not feel pulled toward only one particular spot. So play around, and once you get it the way you want, move on to piecing!

Chain Piecing, Wallflowers quilt-along hosted by Bloomerie Fabrics

Speaking of piecing, I love Allison’s tape trick. I’m always looking for ways to work smarter and not harder! Another tip: chain piecing. Instead of clipping those threads after each and every block, I like lining my blocks up, one right after the other, and chain piecing. Saves a little thread, but it also keeps the piecing process flowing smoothly. And once you’re done, pull out your seam ripper and snip the threads connecting each block. (See images above.)

It’s just about the only satisfying time I get to spend with my seam ripper… You know what I’m talking about…


I’ve been following everyone along on Instagram using #wallflowersqal. It’s so much fun connecting with y’all over there and seeing your progress and being able to share my own.

Just a reminder that we do have 3 lovely prizes for those who are participating in this quilt-along. Here they are:

  1. $125 gift certificate to Bloomerie Fabrics
  2. assortment of Cluck Cluck Sew patterns, generously gifted from Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew
  3. assortment of Cluck Cluck Sew patterns, gifted from us at Bloomerie Fabrics

And if you’re wondering how to enter to win 1 of these 3 prizes, here’s the skinny:

  1. You’ll receive 1 entry for each photo you upload to Instagram using #wallflowersqal (So simple!!! An entry for each time you share your progress.)
  2. If you’re blogging about your progress on your own blog, leave a comment on each week’s blog post at bloomerie.com with a link to your blog post for 1 more entry. (Two birds, 1 stone. Blog on your blog about the quilt-along, share a link on each week’s quilt-along blog post here so we can click on over and check you out!)

Wallflowers Quilt-along, Week 2: Cutting

Week 1: Supplies   |   Week 2: Cutting   |   Week 3: Layout & Piecing   |   Week 4: Piecing & Quilt Sandwich   |   Week 5: Quilting   |   Week 6: Binding & Sharing

Wallflowers quilt-along, week 2: Cut, cut, cut

Week 2 is here and it’s all about cutting! If you’ve got your pattern handy, make sure you read through it in its entirety before starting. (Always a good idea, right?)

Another thing I like to do before cutting in to my fabric is to check for pattern corrections with the designer. I’ve done that for all of us for the Wallflowers quilt and can happily tell you there are none. :-) Moving right along…

Wallflowers quilt-along with Bloomerie Fabrics, Garden Pop 1/3 yard bundle

So I’ve got my fabric, cutting mat, rulers, rotary cutter, and pattern. I’m ready!

For this quilt, I’ve decided not to pre-wash my fabric. I used to pre-wash everything — and you certainly can — but I like working with fabric that still has the sizing in it. My cuts are more accurate and the fabric is easier to work with, in my opinion. The only extra precaution I take since I’m not pre-washing is to use a color catcher when I wash my quilt the first couple of times. These color catchers magically catch extra color floating around in the water and prevents colors from bleeding all over. I’ve not had any issues with color bleeding since I’ve started using these.

And if you’re going to pre-wash your fabric, just make sure you aren’t using any that are exactly 42″ wide or smaller, since pre-washing those will shrink them to smaller than the 42″ width required by the pattern.

Wallflowers quilt-along with Bloomerie Fabrics

This is a pretty easy pattern to cut for. Squares, rectangles, and strips. For both the prints and solids used in the background and binding.

I used a few different rulers: my 6.5″ square, 10.5″ square, and a 6.5″ x 24.5″. Use what you have, though… and remember that old adage of ‘measure twice, cut once.’ :-)

Wallflowers quilt-along with bloomerie fabrics

Once you’re done with your cuts, you’ll end up with a nice little collection of scraps to use for a future project and a pretty pile of fabric fettuccine!


Tips for cutting success:

  1. Take breaks – I cut my print fabrics 1 day and came back a few days later to cut my solids.
  2. Measure twice, cut once – This is crucial, unless of course you’ve purchased or have lots of extra fabric in your stash.
  3. Fresh blade – Make sure you have a sharp blade in your rotary cutter. You’d be amazed at how much of a difference this can make in your accuracy.

Have you blogged about your progress on the Wallflowers quilt-along on your own blog? If so, leave your comments here with a link to your post so we can check in with you every week! You can also share your progress on Instagram, using #wallflowersqal to follow along and connect with others.

Remember, each picture tagged #wallflowersqal is an entry to win 1 of 3 prizes. In addition, your comments with updates on your progress are entries, too!

Don’t have a blog and don’t want to join us on Instagram? No problem! Email us a few pictures. Those count as entries, as well!