Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tackling another UFO...

I've been updating my To Do page (see the tab at the top) with pictures of the quilts I've finished this year. I should be able to complete my update by this time next week. At that time I will rename that tab to reflects its 2012 status and start a new tab for my 2013 To Do list. Why? Well...

I have until next Saturday to finish any UFOs on my To Do list in time to get my name in a drawing at Dogwood Guild. We've had a challenge going all year to get some of our in-progress quilts finished. We get to enter our names into a drawing once for each quilt top we complete and twice for any quilt that we complete all the way down to the label. This year I've completed seven quilts and two quilt tops on my list. (I also finished several that I had not remembered to submit on my To Do list, so they didn't count, but I'm still glad I got them done.) I'm hoping to get one or two more quilt tops finished this week (ones that are on my list and WILL count).

The only problem with finishing so many tops before our January meeting is that we are renewing the challenge for this coming year. The more projects I get finished this year, the fewer I get to enter on a To Do list for next year. But that's okay. I can add three Christmas quilts, the Day and Night quilt, the Farmer's Market quilt, and the owl applique quilt that I started this year to the unfinished items list as well as the ones that are still on the list from this year. And I found more projects that I had not included this year as well (Let's not talk about how many or how hard I had to look to find them!). I should still have more than 20 projects to work on. Oh my. How embarrassing. ; )

The quilt top that I'm working on now was a Stash Pot Pie quilt that we worked on about two years ago. All I need to do is finish the borders, but that requires math. Hmmm... No wonder I've avoided finishing it. Ugh.

I really like this quilt, but I an out of the cream confetti background fabric, so it's smaller than I'd like. Oh well. It'll still fit a full-sized bed when I'm finished with it. Yes, yes, I know it needs to be ironed. UFO stuffed in a corner, remember?

Below, you can see what I'm working on for the borders. As you may have noticed, I love floating borders. I've already sewn on a 2 1/2" border (cut sized, not finished) and am working on the floating zig-zag. I'll add a 4 1/2" border on the outside. I do anything to avoid points on the outside of a quilt. They always suffer after quilting. It's almost impossible to quilt and bind a quilt and maintain outside points.

Wish me luck finding time to work on this tomorrow. I think I know how I want to work the borders, and I only need a few hours to get them finished, but house keeping keeps calling my name. I've been working with cotton stuffed in my ears so far, but eventually I'm going to need clean clothes and dishes. In the meantime, Mom and I are talking about hitting a big sale at Guthrie Quilts in Colcord, OK, tomorrow, weather permitting. Deep breath... I'm going to need more willpower than I actually have to hold onto my Christmas money faced with such provocation!

Speaking of tomorrow, can you believe we only have one day left in the year? Wow! I wonder what next year will bring...

Until later,

Saturday, December 29, 2012

End-of-year finishes!

With only two days left in the year, I am using my time to best effect by attempting to finish as many of items on my To Do list as possible. And just watch me go! I finished two more tops and a binding this week alone. AND I have lots of pictures.

First, adoption news. My first Christmas quilt has found a new home! Thankfully, it is with the person I actually had in mind when I made it - my sister. If she hadn't wanted it, it would have gone to a niece or nephew, but I'm glad she liked it. I so seldom make calm quilts, that it's nice to have someone who appreciates them when I do.

Here are two photos of the finished quilt. I am a firm believer in doing whatever I want on the inside of the quilt because I can always fix it with borders if I need. to. I was not in love with the inside of the quilt, but this is a perfect example of a time when the perfect border makes the perfect quilt. In person, the multicolored patches don't really stand out as much as they do in the photos. Thank you, Sister, for liking my first Christmas effort.

I also completed the top of my fourth Christmas quilt. Okay, the second and third Christmas quilt tops are STILL loud even with borders, but they're meant to be. This fourth top is completely different. It actually has a pattern to the 36-patch blocks.

First, I want to show you pictures of my guest room bed. I put different quilts on it, and I LOVE the way they look.

Anyway, now to cover the bed with my new tops. Here is the latest Christmas quilt thrown over the top of my pretty blue scrap quilt. See what I mean about a different look to the 36-patches?

I love taking far off pictures of this quilt. A person can get dizzy looking at it for too long. In fact, I had so much fun looking at the dizzying aspect of it that I forgot to take photos of it from the side, so there aren't any where you can see the entire borders. I did take a couple of photos of the corners to show you. The bottom right and top left corners follow the same pattern as the first three Christmas quilt.

The bottom left and top right corners reversed the colors of the rest of the border. Kind of neat, huh?

Next finish. I used the leftovers from the quilt that I made for one of my sisters-in-law to make this baby quilt. Since that sister-in-law is about to become a grandmother again (and I a great-aunt again!), I am sending this quilt to my niece. She is due in March. I am positive that my sister-in-law said that the baby is a girl, but maybe I'd better verify that before I mail the quilt, huh?

These are a few of my favorite things (or at least my favorite fabrics)... At Stashbusters a year or two ago, we were given a pattern for a Brick Road quilt. Most of us made the quilt top, but I was the only one who hated mine. Everyone else's was beautiful! This was one of my first attempts at a scrap quilt. Unfortunately, I tend to get carried away when choosing fabrics. I used the fabric below to choose coordinating fabrics, but I chose about 20 too many and didn't stick to a recognizable color theme. I used the fabric below to chose all of my coordinating fabrics and colors.
I also used my absolute favorite fabrics. Just look at the some of the gorgeous fabics I chose for this quilt. All of my favorites are in here!

Below you can see how the inside of this quilt turned out. Ugh. There is no symmetry, no order, no unifying theme! I've had this top shoved into a corner out of sight since I made it. But thanks to Dogwood Guild's "Git 'er Done" challenge, I have until next Saturday to check off projects on my lengthy To Do list, and this was one. I had to finish it. I had to design a border to save my favorite fabrics from the dustbin.

In the photos below, you'll see why this large lap quilt is now one of my favorite quilts ever. I decided on a floating border to pull out the fabrics from the brick road and let them stand out on their own. I do need to correct a color flaw in the photos though. The border background is not black. It is actually a super dark purple with ultra small, slightly lighter purple squares. It's a gorgeous fabric, but it really doesn't photograph well in my lighting.

Doesn't it make a nice frame to calm down those internal colors and draw the eye to the outside? I didn't care in the slightest that the corners didn't quite match. The slight break doesn't seem to be a problem. Now I can love my favorite fabrics again -  they weren't wasted afte all. Don't you just love a happy ending?

Finally, I hope each of you had a terrific Christmas or other holiday season. We were able to visit, briefly, my sister and her family on Christmas Eve, but had to return home after just a couple of hours because of threatening weather. Living four hours away from each other makes visiting a little more difficult than I would like, but it was great to see everyone (except for her husband, who had to work that day). We'll catch him next time around when we don't have to leave quite so quickly.
I must say thank you to Maxie (my tuxedo kitty) who spent a great deal of time the two weeks before Christmas helping me wrap presents. Okay, so mostly she ate the wrapping paper and sharpened her claws on my brother's gift once I had it wrapped, but still, that was the most help I got with the wrapping!
Gratuitous kitty photos:  Sinbad (orange) and Tessie (tabby) enjoyed the space heater in my sewing room.

A little more reluctantly Sinbad shared his pad with Maxie. They never curl up together, but will sit side-by-side as long as they are facing opposite directions. Go figure.

Well, I still have more unfinished projects to tackle this week. For those of you who enjoy celebrating the New Year, please be careful and celebrate responsibly. I wouldn't want to lose any of you!

Until later,

Thursday, December 20, 2012

My final owl is finished!

You may remember yesterday's finished owl (below). I spent most of yesterday finishing the eyes and the beak and beginning the last owl.

By mid morning, I had this much finished on my final owl. I must admit that the legs were supposed to be super skinny, but there was no way I felt up to attempting something that challenging. All of my quilting friends told me that they wouldn't try it either. They suggested either machine appliqueing it or simply embroidering it. Neither appealed to me, so I just gave her chunky legs! She looks like me!

By the early evening, I had her completely finished (below). I just noticed in these photos that the lines in her wings are going different directions! He left wing has feathers going down, but her left wing is all ruffled... Hmmmm... Maybe she got caught in that strong wind storm we had last night... Whatever, I'm not changing it now!

I still need to applique a small broken branch beside my falling owl, but then I'll be completely finished with the applique. I have three owl eyes that are supposed to have eyelashes, so I have some embroidery ahead of me. I probably won't even start that process until after Christmas since I have to find my long lost embroidery thread. Now where did I last see that thread container?

On a final note tonight, I have been staying very silent about the heartbreaking event in Newtown, CT, last Friday. But I have cried every day when I've watched the news and seen the photos of the lost children and teachers who are being buried each day. As teachers ourselves, my husband and I share the shock and confusion of school teachers everywhere who ask themselves "What if..." What would I do? How would I feel? We don't have children of our own, and neither of us teaches small children; my husband teaches high schoolers, and I teach adults. But we don't feel protective and responsible for our students. My heart grieves for those beautiful little girls and boys and for the women who died trying to save them. I won't mention them again, but I feel better for having written something anyway.

Tomorrow we will finish our Christmas shopping, and I'll finish the wrapping. I got almost everything that I had already bought wrapped today.

Until later,

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Healthy me and healthy computer!

After three months, I can finally breathe, think, and move freely again. Hurray! Just in time for the holidays. Who could ask for better timing? And now that school is out and I have a working computer again, I can resume posting. Hello again!

As you know, while I was ill, I focused my limited attention on lots of Christmas quilts. I'll show you pictures of two of those today. I am still working on the borders for one of them. Since I'm finally feeling better, I decided to concentrate on finishing the last two owls on my owl wallhanging so that I can enter it in the quilt show in April. I'm only one-half of an owl and some embroidery away from having the top finished. Another hurray!

On to the photos now.

Here are the borders of the second Christmas quilt. As you can see, I used the same three border design on each of the quilts. I wanted a continuous theme tying them all together.

Unlike the first Christmas quilt, I abandoned the alternating 36-patch and 12" block design. I kept the 12" blocks and sashed them with the 2" blocks. This allowed me to feature 20 blocks of different Christmas prints I had. I blush to admit that I hit the Hancock's 50% off Christmas prints sale and now have dozens more prints. I'll be making Christmas quilts for months to come!

The same quilt with a view of the corner borders.

This is definitely the busiest looking of the four quilts that I've made so far. But everyone who knows me says that it most matches my personal style. I guess I must be loud and colorful!

I dont' have pictures yet of the third quilt I made, but I'll get some for the next posting.

In the meantime, here is are some in-progress photos of the fourth quilt. I returned to the 36-patch and 12" block design again, but this time I decided against a random, scrappy look and went for a pattern. I had these blocks laid out while I decided on layout. I didn't have enough snowman fabric to alternate blocks, so I decided on a repeat pattern instead.

I laid out about half of the quilt so that I could sew it together the next evening after school.
When I returned home the next evening, This is what I found. At least my kitties left some of the pieces in tact.

Here were the rest of the blocks. It's a good thing I love my kitties too much to get upset with them over their creative spurts. Again, later I'll show you photos of the finished quilt. This is the one that is awaiting the last two borders. Hopefully, after Christmas...

In the meantime, I've returned to work on my owl quilt. As you can see, I needed to finish the owl on the lower right-hand branch.

Here he is all finished! My last owl is actually supposed to be standing on top of this owl's head. I have its feet, body, and wings sewn on. I'm working on its head today. I hope to have it all sewn down by tonight. I'll still need to embroider some eyes on a couple of owls and add a broken branch beside my falling owl, then I'll be all finished.
Thanks to Sager Creek Quilt Shop in Siloam Springs, our Stashbusters meeting last Thursday went very well indeed. We had our annual Christmas cookie exchange. As you can see, we had a great turnout with many delicious cookies to share. Thank you Cliff and Pam Goggins for hosting our meetings at the shop! 

And my usual gratuitous kitty photo. Sinbad has rediscovered winter bliss in front of the space heater in my sewing room. I only leave the space heater on when I'm at home. I don't take chances with fire hazards. It's enough for Sinnie. He will reluctantly share his warm blanket with one or more of his sisters, but I usually find him basking alone. Happy kitty!

I'll post more photos of the other two quilts after I get some packages wrapped. And hopefully, some photos of a completed owl quilt top!

Until then, enjoy the holiday season.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Third Christmas quilt finished!

On Sunday, I finished the top for my third Christmas quilt. That's all three tops sewn in a month. Whew! I don't have any pictures to post today, but they will be coming shortly (too busy grading papers as we near finals!).

Our Stashbusters assignment was to use our stash to complete one lap-sized quilt, using 36-patch blocks (2 1/2" squares) and 12 1/2" blocks. I used variations of this theme on all three quilts, so they don't all look alike, but they are all very similar. Unfortunately, I failed miserably on the "out of your stash" part of the assignment. I did pull strictly from my stash for the first quilt, but I had so much fun making such a simple, no-thought-required project, that I kept going - which meant more stash needed. : ) I hit Hancock's 50 percent off Christmas fabric sale, Joanne's 30 percent off Christmas fabric sale, and Sager Creek's 15 percent off Fabric Buyer's discount. Needless to say, I may be making Christmas quilts for the next several years! (hee-hee!) Oh, and by the way, I found that the best way to use more of that fabric is to ignore the lap-sized part of the instructions as well! My second quilt is actually more like a queen-sized. The first is definitely a full, and I think the third one is as well, although I haven't had a chance yet to try it on a bed. I don't dare actually measure it for fear of finding out just how bit it's gotten! Oh well, some of us need more blanket than do others. SOME of us have to share with our husbands and four cats! And SOME of us have husbands and cats who actually HOG the covers! I wonder if everyone has the same challenges I do when trying to curl up under a quilt on the corner of the couch to read a book in peace? I guess that just means that I'm loved. *Happy sigh*

Off to grade more papers tonight!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving! On to Christmast!

I missed posting on Thanksgiving Day. I hope all of you were too busy enjoying family time to have time to look at blogs anyway. I certainly was. And no, I did not try to get in on the special holiday sales. I'll wait until the prices are higher but the crowds are thinner. : ) I'm not fond of getting trampled!

I have been busy, though! I've been Christmas quilting almost every day. I'm still working (slowly, it's true) on binding my first Christmas quilt. Yesterday I finished my second Christmas quilt top and today I'm one sleeping Sinbad away from finishing the third Christmas top. I lack only the last border, but Sinnie has my sewing chair, and of course, I never interrupt a kitty when he/she's sleeping. ; )

In the meantime, here are some photos of my progress in the last couple of weeks. Below is my latest owl. Again with the light eyes, I know. I only have two more owls to go - now if I'll just sit down and get them done! I guess I just don't want to actually be finished with this project. It has been such fun!

Below is the border fabric I chose for my second Christmas quilt. Isn't it nice and rich looking? I love large, bold patterns.

Just like my first Christmas quilt, I included a small strip of the chosen border, then insert a smaller strip of a contrasting color and finish with my wider outer border. I think it's a fun look.

This quilt was supposed to be a lap quilt. I think I missed. : / This is the quilt laid out on a full-sized bed. It hangs off the edges. I think I overshot my mark. *Wry smile*  Again, I used 12" finished blocks, but this time I used my 2" finished blocks as sashing. Each large block is a different Christmas fabric. Can you tell I love Christmas fabrics?

Yep, a trifle larger for a lap quilt!

Below, the other side, including my How the Grinch Stole Christmas fabric. In the photo above, you will see my Land of Unwanted Toys fabric. Those were two of my favorite children's Christmas shows when I was a child. Oh, who am I kidding? They're still my favorites! Along with It's a Wonderful Life. Ah, Jimmy Stewart. *Sigh.*

Now that I'm in the mood for cinema, I think I'm going to go watch a movie with my husband. I doubt that it will include Jimmy Stewart (I suppose that would be too much to hope for), but it should be good. I rented an award winning foreign film. It's recorded in German with English subtitles. That should drive my husband crazy!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers! I'll post again when Sinbad stirs, and I can get some more done on my latest Christmas quilt top!

Until then,

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Binding Tutorial...or at least an attempt thereat...

For six years I chaired the regional quilt show for Q.U.I.L.T. of NWA here in Arkansas. When I took over as chair, I didn't even know how to quilt. Boy have I learned a lot in the last seven years! One of the most important things that I learned was from the quilt show judges - it seems that most of us quilters don't know how to bind quilts "properly." According to our judges, bindings should be about 1/4" on either side of the quilt and the edges should line up with each other when felt through the quilt. The binding should be full and consistent. And I found out at the last show that judges now expect both the front and the back corner miters to be sewn down. So, how are we supposed to accomplish this?

I generally get compliments from judges about my binding (except when I don't sew down the front miters!), so I'm going to show you the way I do my binding.

First, I prefer biased, French fold (also known as double fold) binding. That simply means that I cut my fabric on the diagonal and then fold it in half before sewing it onto the quilt. This same method works on straight-of-grain cuts -- just ignore the folding instructions at the beginning of this tutorial and begin at the cutting instructions.

To begin, I usually use at least a full yard of fabric since I generally make at least queen-sized quilts. You can adjust the amount of fabric for smaller quilts. Iron the fabric to remove wrinkles, then spread it face down on your cutting table. Grasp the upper left corner of the fabric and fold it down towards the right and line up the right selvage edges. This forms a point on the upper right of the fabric. See the photo below.

Then grasp the upper right side of the fabric (the point) and fold it down towards the left. See below.

This will bring the fold on the left side of the fabric down onto itself. Carefully line up this fold since this will be where you make your first cut.

Note:  In order to get my perfect 1/4" on either side of my quilt, I choose to use a 2" binding. Many of my friends use a 2 1/4", 2 3/8", or 2 1/2" binding, but I find that this is too large for the batting that I use. Since I prefer a thinner, cotton batting, I don't need a large size to wrap around.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:  Since this first cut is made on a fold, be sure to make it half the size you need for your binding. Since I need 2" strips, my first cut is made 1". Okay, I admit that I have forgotten this rule several times when cutting binding and have wound up with a 4" initial strip. Fortunately, all I have to do to correct the error is cut the 4" strip in half lengthwise. Since this strip is often about 50" long, this is a step that I generally prefer to get right the first time! ; )

You can see the fold in the middle of my first strip. A perfect 2" wide!

Cut each subsequent strip 2". The first cut will produce one long cut. Each subsequent cut will produce TWO slightly shorter strips. Each strip you cut will be slightly shorter than the one before.

Sew the strips together using a mitered seam. You want a mitered seam to distribute the bulk along the edge of the quilt and make it easier to sew down. If you do not know how to miter a seam, leave me a comment, and I will post simple directions. Continue to sew strips together until you have the length you need. You can measure before you begin to determine how many strips you need, or you can fly by the seat of your pants like I do and sew the strips together and measure them against the quilt to determine how much you need. ; ) You need enough to go around the entire quilt plus about a foot.

After your binding strip is complete, iron the entire length in half with wrong sides together. See below. Be careful since it's easy to burn your fingers on this step.

This next photo should explain why the following photos are of a different quilt. Callie got so comfortable that I couldn't bear to make her move. Since I was in the process of binding two quilts, I just picked up the baby quilt to work on instead. Sorry for the switching back and forth! : )

Okay, I had a second quilt to work on, but I didn't have a second chair, so this time I steeled myself against hurt looks and tossed Tessie off . Sometimes these things just have to be done.

If you don't have a walking foot for binding, BUY ONE! They are expensive, but well worth the investment. This foot will "walk" your quilt smoothly as you sew on the binding and keep the fabric from bunching up or getting caught.

The next step is another one that I sometimes forget. Adjust your machine so that you don't have drag on the heavy quilt as you sew. I minimize the pressure on the foot...
adjust the needle position if needed, lengthen the stitch (from a 2.3 to 3 for my projects) and loosen the tension.
All of this will allow the quilt to move more comfortably and evenly as you sew. Make any adjustments that you feel are necessary. And don't forget to change everything back when you're finished!

I tossed in the photo below just to show you the thickness of my quilt sandwich. This thickness is easily spanned by a 2" folded binding hand stitched down to provide the requisite fullness.

Start about halfway down one side of the quilt and lay your binding so that the raw edges of the binding strip are flush with the raw edges of the quilt. Starting about one foot down the length of your binding (you will need this free section later when you join the two ends of your binding), determine your correct needle position. In order to ensure that I get an even amount on both sides of the quilt (the binding should feel full and the back portion should be just wide enough to cover the stitching), I run a short, sample stitch with no back stitching. See below.

I can then fold this short segment over to the back and check to see if it will cover the stitches. You can see that the binding is full and folds over the stitches so that they will be hidden when I hand sew the back down. If I need to make adjustments, I either adjust my needle position or adjust how I line up the quilt under the walking foot. Consistency is vital! I usualy keep the quilt moving along the same line and just adjust the needle position if I need to.

If this sample section is the wrong size - the binding folds too far over the stitches or does not completely cover them, I move my needle position and try again. When I get the setting just right, I start again with a backstitch to secure my stitches.

Sew down the length of the quilt until you get near the end of the first side. About 1/4" from the end of the first side, turn your needle into the corner and sew off of the sandwich. See below.

With your quilt removed from your machine, fold your binding up (the sewn binding is under my left hand) and line it up with the edge of the second side of the quilt. Finger press this fold. See below.

Fold the binding back down along the second side. This will form a mitered corner. You can just see the faint line that reaches from the lower left corner of the binding up to the upper right corner in the photo below. Slide this corner under your sewing machine foot and position your needle about 1/4" past the corner. Sew a few stitches then backstitch all the way off the sandwich. Release the backstitch and sew forward back onto the quilt and continue sewing along this side. Stop 1/4" from the end of this side and sew off the corner again. Repeat the mitered fold you did on the last corner. Repeat this procedure until you have sewn all four sides. Stop about 10" to 12" from your beginning seam. You should have a substantial gap between your beginning seam and your ending seam with loose ends at both the beginning and end.

Okay, my kitties switched quilts; therefore, so did I. Back to the Christmas quilt. In the next two photos, I simply want to show you what you want to avoid. I try to lay out the binding along my quilt before I begin sewing it down to ensure that I do not end up with a join at the corner. However, no matter how hard I try, I often have at least one "problem" corner per quilt. I narrowly avoided disaster with this corner. The second photo shows you just how close I came to having a corner and a joining coincide. This is not an impossible situation, but it does create a lot of bulk in the corner to deal with as you try to miter your corner on the back.

Now that you've sewn all four sides, it's time to join the two ends. Join your seams, using your favorite method.

Okay, here is where I admit that I'm a coward. Before I bound my first quilt, I was watching QNN one day and learned about The Binding Gizmo. I bought it. I love it. I have never bound a quilt without it.

This book explains, much better than I could, exactly how to bind a quilt. It covers multiple types of binding, including single fold, double fold, and scalloped. Below is a photo of the actual "gizmo."

To use this tool, you must first cut off the point on the end of your starting strip so that you have a straight edge.

Back at the cutting table, lay both ends along the quilt with the starting strip under the ending strip. Sorry, you really can't see the ends in the photo below.

There, is that better?

Here is where my instructions require you to have the tool. Sorry. I could actually measure the distance from the line on my tool to the line I mark, but I don't want to step on the copyright of The Binding Gizmo. Anyway, I place the top line of the Gizmo even with the cut end of the beginning strip. I then draw a line in the appropriate slot. Since my binding is 2" wide, I draw the line in the slot marked 2". See below. This line is drawn on the ending strip.

You can see my white line on the ending strip in the photo below (far upper right). The end of the beginning strip is in the center of the photo. To reduce bulk and make this next step easier, I fold a small section of the quilt between the two seams and place a pin in it to shorten the distance between my two strips. This make joining the strips easier.

I flatten my ending strip so that the right side is up and I can see the mark I made using the Gizmo. Opening my starting strip to expose the wrong side, I place the starting side face down to the LEFT of the mark and place a pin at the top to hold it in place.

With the top pin in place, I draw a line from the upper left corner to the lower right.

I now place a pin below the line to hold the strips steady.

Sewing ON the line, I join the strips. Sorry for the really poor lighting in this photo. Before you cut the excess binding off, test this joining to ensure that you have sewn the correct sides together with no twists. You don't want to have to take this apart and try again with shorter ends. Ask me how I know! : (

Yep, this works perfectly. Cut off the excess fabric about 1/4" to 1/2" past the seam. 

Line the joined seam up along the edge of your quilt, and sew this final section down, remembering to back stitch at the beginning and end of this seam.

Whew, the hard part's done. Now, iron around the entire quilt to set the seam.

And once around again to open the seam. This step makes it easier to wrap the binding around to the back when you are ready to hand sew it.

The one drawback with using a biased binding is that when you're done, you have a very oddly shaped piece of fabric left. In fact, you actually have TWO oddly shaped pieces. These are great to use in scrap quilts later.

I hope this makes some sense to those of you who bind your quilts differently. When I sew the back down on these quilts later this week (I hope), I'll try to remember to take some photos of the corners and show you how to miter them and sew them down in a way that will make any quilt show judge smile!

Oh, I almost forgot -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM! I LOVE YOU!
Until later,