Scraps Series: Scrappy Binding
I was tickled when a recent post, “When Life Hands You Scraps Make Rainbows” rallied a lot of interest! I felt I struck gold with that topic! So, in that vein I give you the second in a series on scraps, my scrappy binding technique. Maybe you’ve seen’m before. I think they have a charm all of their own. At my TARTS bee in New Hampshire, I was sorting my snippets and scraps of fabric into colors when one lady piped in rather emphatic and quizzically asked, “Why on EARTH would you save those small pieces?! Why, I’d throw those away!” I think to her at least, I’ve proven my point. Let me try to do the same with you.
Here’s another example in a less “artsy quilt.” It’s a recent challenge piece I’m working on with my Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild. It’s the Michael Miller fabric challenge that’s been presented to the entire MQG nationally. Here’s a sneak peak of my project:
While on retreat with the “Honey Bees” recently, I heard a great little phrase to help remember which direction to sew two strips of long binding together with a bias seam. You’d place two strips right sides facing at a 90 degree angle. Now, imagine these two strips are legs on a pair of pants. Then sew across the waistband. If you sew through the crotch, it’s the wrong directions and you’d never be able to get your legs into the pants. Think about it… you’ll get it! 😉
These are scraps I’ve cut and sewn into random shapes and strips as seen below: See the random seams? Quilters are pretty frugal and I get that this is “extreme frugalness” but I get a kick out of seeing what all I can create with my scraps. Maybe you will too? If you do please share, I’d love to see what you’re up to!
Can’t wait to show you the finished challenge piece after next week! ;D