Jeanell Murphree is a familiar name because she's one of our machine quilters, but she's also a quiltmaker herself. I wanted to put New Zealand Blue up because it's so beautiful, but especially because it's an example of the Blink tactic,
the use of strong contrasts for sometimes optical effects. Blink is mostly a value tactic, very dark shade against very light shade; but it can also be a color tactic, as in these blocks:
Starting in January, I’m going to be making some posts about the tactics, rather than just the quilts.
Scot’s beautiful Ursa Incognita didn’t win the Hand Quilting prize in the Blogger’s Festival (hate the placement of that apostrophe), but at least the one that did win was pretty nifty:
Simple 8-panel skirt with options for a flounce or gores. Straight front waistband and elasticized back for comfort. The skirt can fit on the waist or below the waist (low rise) depending on how you adjust the elastic. Cut alternate panels on the bias for a fun look! FINISHED LENGTH: Panel/Gored skirt– 25” Flounced Skirt—28”
This is starting at the finish, I know, but helpful I hope.
Sew binding on quilt as you normally would leaving a 12 inch gap and long tails on each side.
Bring one side to the center and fold back and crease.
Bring the other side to the center and fold back and crease.
Make sure you give it a good hard crease with a fingernail or your favorite creasing tool.
Open left side of binding flat and make sure you can easily see the crease.
Take the right side of binding and lay so the fold is alined with the crease vertically and the crease from the right side lines up with fold from the left side.
(sorry about the blurry photo)
Open the binding out flat so right sides are together and the creases and folds line up horazontally and vertically. Use a ruler to mark the seam line diagonally where the the two strips cross. Stitch on the line.
Lay binding flat on quilt to make sure length is correct before cutting ends.
Trim seam allowance to 1/4" and finger press to one side. Finish stitching binding onto quilt. Fold binding around edge and finish as desired. No tools to keep track of or measuring required.