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Quilting & Binding ALL by hand… and a WINNER!

This is my house for Thanksgiving this year… what is your house like??? lol

On this Ozark Star project I first had to learn how to piece and by hand… did well with that (Yippee!… found excellent tutorials I shared along the way… but not so with binding by hand… so I jumped in once I finished the handquilting on the sandwiched top…

here I am marking some lines with tape to mark my quilting path

And here is a close up for you…

Then it was time to figure out the binding!!!!

I turned to Quiltmaking by Hand but it only had a page and a half with scant pics on this topic… they were fast to answer my email request though and away I went!  Chartering new territory for me… do you ever do that… challenge yourself to learn something new???

First I sewed it with a running stitch above (with lots of backstitches to make the overall stitches stronger and closer together…)

Then I enclosed it on the back side careful not to come through the top 🙂

I made my binding 2 1/4″ for a more narrow binding (generally binding for quilts is 2 1/2″) folded in half and sewn to the front… ironed then folded over and sewn to the back while pinned.

Now to finish the final quilting and show off the end result.  I also have to figure out how to sign this inconspicuously.. any ideas???

Now on to the WINNER! of the YLI thread giveaway!!!

Daytona Damsel… I will email you that you won… please contact me here if you don’t get the message 🙂  You are a no reply blogger!  You do follow me but I have no way to get in touch with you… so if I don’t hear from you by Monday I will gift this thread to someone else… Good luck Daytona Damsel!

That was such a fun giveaway… if you didn’t enter know that I do 2 or 3 giveaways each year related to my posts… I always mail anywhere for free and give followers 2 entries… must be a follower to enter so enter now and be ready for future giveaways that are crafty 🙂

Have a blessed weekend!


Linking to:
My Quilt Infatuation ~ Needle & Thread Thursday here


YLI THREAD giveaway & Craigslist finds :)

Happy Belated Veteran’s Day to any of you reading who is a veteran or active service.  I appreciate and understand WHAT you do to protect out freedoms and I APPRECIATE YOU!

This was my fave graphic on facebook this year.  You see my honey is a veteran.. I thanked him of course 🙂

So instead of slowing down and posting this yesterday I pitched in on a GREAT Craigslist find… do you know what Craigslist is… most major cities or towns have one… every area is a bit different.  I can talk more about Craigslist if you are interested… just leave a comment… for now let me show you what we scored on for my honey to use!

All FREE from one stop!

 That is right… these are PAVERS… concrete pavers in 3 sizes… 537 of them!  It took us 2 trips to haul them all in our van but the giver was generous and didn’t mind!  How nice of him… over $600 of perfect condition pavers can now be used to build paths and edge flower beds front and back!  Yipeee!  Perfect for the sandy dirt here and the running St. Augustine grass that has to be weedeated to stay at bay!

Once put together this gorgeous fountain makes the most lovely sound… the top is supposed to be for a flower the giver said… but he said the dirt falls down into the water if you do… not sure what we will do with that top area… but I bet my honey will figure it out 🙂

We have had a really good experience with Craigslist finds but we have learned over the last couple years how to LOOK better before we jump and call or run out on a curb alert across town to waste gas and find the item gone 😦  But those are the exceptions.  We have found free 2 X 4’s … and recently scored here on a great cabinet that is ALL WOOD for the garage!  And it had some local history to it as well so even cooler!

Through all that I have been working on my 2nd table topper… this is my progress thus far 🙂

Just the center piece is done but it is going so much better now that I have an idea of the pattern AND what I am doing! lol  Read about my adventures and the finished product of the first one here!

I did change the thread I used on this one … and I want YOU to have a spool of my fave thread of the too!

You see… I am having to wax the color thread I have that is the right color… I only use ALL cotton thread when sewing… I figured if I love the YLI 40 wt thread… hand stitching with the Coats & Clark machine sewing thread that is 30 wt would be EASY too!  WRONG… the C & C is flimsy and knots… so time to try something I have never done but only heard of and WAX MY THREAD…

Just slide it through the slot into the wax and s-l-o-w-l-y run the piece through then thread and away you go… or so I had heard… guess what!  That is how it does work!  I haven’t had ANY problems since I started the waxing but the thread just isn’t the same… so in straightening I found an extra roll of:

YLI WHITE 40 wt hand quilting thread for you to win!

To win this thread… I will ship to wherever you are… on this cute wooden spool… from RED ROCK THREADS…. you must:

  1. Be a follower via email or google or bloglovin to my blog (if you are already a follower leave 2 comments for 2 entries)
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post of what you want to see more of in my blog
  3. Explain a project you have that this thread might work for you on :)… but this last one isn’t necessary I am just interested 🙂

That is it!  So get in your entries and look forward to hearing from you…

This giveaway will happen via random number generator if entries are over 20 and random draw out of a hat if less than 20 on Friday, November 22 at 8 am!  I can catch the mail if I can get ahold of you so make sure you leave me a way to contact you if you are anonymous or a no reply blogger… if I can’t reach you I will do a second drawing from the remaining entries and you will have lost out 😦

Hope you play along.. you will LOVE this thread!

Have a blessed week 🙂