Thursday, September 11, 2008

Perks


One of the many perks Polly and I have as Moda Fabric Designers are the little gems that sometimes get released with our fabric collections. This is the Prairie Paisley Twill Tape that came out this year. It was Polly's idea and it is a great one. This heavy, wonderful twill tape has been appearing in lots of our photos and in some of our projects. The above picture was taken when they took the pictures for the Country Home issue this summer. The salesman sample size mannequin is pretty wonderful too. It has become one of our favorite props. We know that come holiday time, lots of gifts will be tied up with this tape. My friend Leigh Ann has made a children's growth chart using it. I have been binding quilts with it. It's grand. I do pre-wash it as it shrinks a bit. I just toss it in the washer in a regular wash and I add a dye magnet. I then put it in the dryer and it is ready to go. I am getting a hand sewing project ready for my upcoming trip. Sewing binding on is great hand work. This is Prairie Paisley fabric and our Chippewa Nine Patch pattern. Can't wait! Laurie


Ok- there have been some questions as to HOW I bind the quilts...... First, you don't have to prepare the twill tape as it has finished edges. I top stitch just inside the navy edge on the BACKSIDE of the quilt. Then you turn the other side over to the front and hand sew. Basically, just the opposite of how you usually put on binding. I also sew the back side just a scant 1/4" so when the tape is turned over to the front the white and red stripes show on the front - along with the cool measurement marks. The quilts I have used this technique on are hanging at Lake Street Mercantile. I will try to post a picture of the finished binding soon. Thanks for asking! Laurie

8 comments:

mamabug said...

Using the tape as binding!!! So smart and looks great. This new pattern is so cute and the prairie paisley is really nice. Great to see a little red, white and blue on this day in America 9-11!!! Kathie

Nancy in MT said...

I'm thrilled with this tape, have been wanting and wanting it,
thank you, Nancy

Mar said...

Ilove your Chippewa nine patch and the twill tape is perfect. I wouldn't have thought to use it for binding. Great idea!

lovetostitch said...

Binding?! What a great idea - how wide would that make the binding? And, what beautiful packages, I imagine being tied with that tape! This has been a great line of fabric - I have all Americana.

Carrie P. said...

Thank you for your the info on using the twill tape as binding. I was thinking about binding a quilt with the tape I won but was not sure how to do it. Now I know more. I look forward to the picture of the finished quilt. Thanks.

PamKittyMorning said...

Really cool!

lissa said...

Yeah Laurie,
thanks for the info. I have a quilt I am going to bind this weekend while we wait out Ivan.But of course I bought the entire 25 yard reel. i love it
Lissa

Donna said...

I love your fabric,our shop just received the American Primer charms Jelly rolls and layer cakes. Can't wait to use them.

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