Friday, November 30, 2012

How to Bind 120° Angles Tutorial

Binding Tutorial Posts
Basics Post #2 - Bias Binding
Basics Post #3 - Scrappy Bias Binding
Single Fold Binding (for mini quilts & small projects)   

Today I'm going to give you tips on how to bind the 120° hexagon edges of a quilt!

Binding hexagon edges may seem hard... but it isn't! It can be a fun way to finish a quilt.

I used this technique with my Science Fair quilts.

...and with my recent Junior Ballerina quilt that I made for Jonah.


First you will need to create your binding. I highly suggest Bias Binding for working around Hexagon Edges. Bias binding is necessary to get a great finish around the 120° angles. Make continuous bias binding or cut individual bias strips with a rotary cutter. Complete Bias Binding directions can be found in the previous Bias Binding tutorial.
Note: The angles of the quilt shown in this tutorial are 120° angles. This method will work with other angles between 90° and 180°.

1. Begin by sewing binding along one of the straight sides of the quilt with a ¼” seam allowance. Stop sewing ¼” from edge of quilt top and backstitch.

2. Fold binding over so that it points away from the next section of the quilt top. (Red Line)

3. Fold binding back over and align with the edge of the quilt top. Pin in place.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 for all convex angles.

5. Cut into quilt top 1/8” at each concave angle.

6. Stitch binding in place until you get to the center of the angle.

7. Leave your needle down and pivot the quilt top 30° until the next section is straight in front of you. Ease the binding around and continue sewing the binding in place.

8. The binding at the Concave angles will stick up until it is hand stitched in place on the back.

9. Use Clover Wonder clips or other binding clips to wrap the binding around to the back. Miter the convex angles.

10. Ease the bias binding around at the concave angles and clip in place. 

11. Hand stitch binding in place to finish your quilt!


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

New patterns have arrived!!

My new patterns have arrived from the printer! They started shipping to shops a few days ago so you should start to see them popping up soon!

Toes in the Sand is expected in a couple of weeks.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012


My nephew Jonah arrived on Thursday November 15th!

Here I am with Aliyah waiting for Jonah to be born. Keeping a 2 1/2 year old occupied in a waiting room is an adventure!

Jonah Malcolm Herman 
8lb 3oz & 21" tall

Here he is meeting his new quilt.

Family meeting Jonah for the first time.

The first photo I took of Jonah

 Then one at a time we got to go spend some time with Jonah & Karin.

Since I lived on the east coast when Aliyah and Elijah were both born I wasn't at the hospital when they were born. It was an amazing feeling to be able to hold Jonah just hours after he was born. It was instant love.

Karin started working for me a couple of months ago. Even though I told her she could have the day off she was asking me about a few "work" things and we had a good laugh. It has been great having help with Jaybird Quilts and spending more time with Karin.

Later in the day my dad went to pick up Elijah from Kindergarten. Here he is meeting Jonah for the first time.

Here are all the kids together with my brother! It is amazing how big Aliyah and Elijah are now compared to Jonah.

Here is Jonah at 3 days old. Elijah told me that I made Jonah a nice quilt. I love these kids!!

I didn't get a chance to take many photos of Jonah's quilt before giving it to him. So my brother took a bunch of great photos for me. 

Apparently Aliyah wanted to join in on the photo shoot!

Everyone is doing well & enjoying this new addition to our family!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Keeping busy...

I meant to blog about Quilt Market... and I will... but I've been keeping busy. My new nephew is set to arrive on Thursday so I needed to make him a quilt asap! (Jonah arrived on 11/15!)

Aliyah and Elijah both had quilts the day they were born... so I wasn't about to break that tradition!

A couple days of speedy sewing and the quilt top was done! This is inspired Ballerina pattern. The blocks are 12" vs. 18" and perfect for a baby! (Also this way I could use my Hex N More!)
Now a pattern!! - Tiny Dancer Pattern

I had to work fast and didn't have time to send it to Angela to quilt. It has been a while since I basted a quilt!!

Lots of straight line quilting and it was time to bind!

All done!! I have it packed up and ready for when I drive to LA on Thursday!! I'm very excited since this will be the first time I get to be there on day ONE. I lived across the country when Elijah and Aliyah were born so it was months before I got to meet them.

Quilt Details 
Fabric is All Hands on Deck by Dear Stella
Pattern - Tiny Dancer
Designed & Quilted by me
Started on 11/3/12
Finished on 11/8/12
Quilt measures - 36" x 55"

Brad & Karin just finished getting the nursery ready too!!

I'll post photos as soon as he arrives. Most likely I'll be posting them to Instagram before I have a chance to sit down and blog. If it takes me a few days longer than usual to get back to you please be patient. Thank you!!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Skip the Borders Giveaway Winners

It is time to announce the winners! Sorry for the delay... quilt market took over!


Giveaway #1
A Quilt Kit to make Stars & Stripes in the same fabric I used.


Giveaway #2
A Quilt Kit to make Raspberry Dessert in the same fabric I used.


Giveaway #3
A Quilt Kit to make In Formation in the same fabric I used.


Giveaway #4
A Signed Copy of my book


Giveaway #5
An e-book of my book


Winners... please contact me with your information so I can get your prizes out to you!

Thank you to everyone who entered.

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