New Orleans House Project

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

March Mini

 Over the years, I have accumulated a stash of mini quilt tops that for one reason or another, never got quilted and finished.  I turn to this stash when I need a practice project or just the satisfaction of a quickly finished project.

Since January, I've been working on a batch of t-shirt quilts - a project meant to empty out plastic bins full of t-shirts waiting to "some day" be turned into quilts.  

Thinking about four large t-shirt quilts in need of binding, I decided it was time to perfect my machine binding technique!

After trying out the technique with some practice machine quilting squares and left-over binding scraps, I decided it was time to try binding a "real" project.

From the stash, I chose a mini quilt top in bright spring colors.  After some quick straight-line quilting, I was ready to add the green binding.

The method I use for machine binding is the opposite of traditional binding:  the binding is stitched to the back of the quilt, then folded over and machine-stitched to the top of the quilt.  Appliqué glue is a great way to hold the binding in place prior to stitching.

I use my handy-dandy edge stitch foot to guide the line of top stitching close to the edge of the binding.  For this mini quilt, I used matching thread and a straight stitch, but this binding technique would also lend itself to decorative threads and stitches.

Here's a close-up of the finished, top-stitched binding.


Now I have a cute ~finished~ mini quilt on which to display some vintage flamingos! 









20 comments:

  1. What a super mini! It just screams Spring! And, boy we could sure use some Spring up here in Maine. I love this and thanks for the lesson in machine binding. I do need to practice more, especially if I want to step up the number of donation quilts I can make. It looks great with your flamingos and fabulous background of Madi Gras colors!

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  2. Such an adorable mini--love the Springtime greens with those pinks--
    nice finish..hugs, Julierose

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  3. Love your little mini quilt! I am addicted to them myself. I have not used that foot (do not have it) but like how it keeps it close to the edge! That can be hard with the regular foot. A friend of mine uses the walking foot for binding, but I am not good at that..so I use the quarter inch.

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  4. This mini is adorable. I purchased a foot for my Janome that allows me to machine bind...I may never hand stitch the binding again.

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  5. Lovely little quilt! I love pink and green together. What batting did you use in this little quilt, Angie? Carol in Texas

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    1. Hi Carol - hope you see this, as you are a no-reply blogger. I used batting scraps for the mini quilt, but I think they were scraps of Warm & White. I wanted to use a white-colored batting, as there is so much white fabric in the quilt.

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  6. How fun - the flamingos seem so happy. Congrats for working on your technique!

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  7. Lovely spring themed mini, perfect for displaying your flamingos!! I love hand stitching binding, even on big quilts so won't likely ever use your binding technique, but it looks like it works well and thanks for sharing it!

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  8. What a cute quilt! One of these day's I need to try binding by machine... but I'm a little chicken to =).

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  9. Beautiful mini for spring and the Easter weekend! I don't think I've ever used that foot for binding but will have to give it a try soon.

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  10. Your mini is perfect for spring! Your machine binding looks *perfect* - I'm so impressed! I've tried it a couple times but always come back to binding the "old" way, hand tacking the binding to the back. Wow, multiple t-shirt quilts - you are a saint, lol.

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  11. The flamingos look perfect on your springtime quilt. Thanks for the info on how you do the machine binding. I have been doing a lot of flange bindings on donation quilts just for the same reason. I like how that particular sewing machine foot helps to make it look good. Great job! I'm going to give it a try.

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  12. Such a happy and spring-y piece! I love how you photographed it with the figurines! Have a safe and happy day!

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  13. Very pretty Mini and I love the soft lime green!

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  14. Looks like you are ready to bind those t-shirt quilts, and you have an adorable mini quilt finished as well. Looks great!

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  15. You do have a lot of binding to do, and more on the way! It was fun scrolling back through your posts and recognizing quilts that had visited me. I just love them all for each of them has such unique charm and personality! Good luck with all the bindings!

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  16. What a cute little table topper! Pink and green are such perfect flamingo colors! I do bindings like you - sew to the back then machine sew it down neatly on the front.

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  17. Love your mini, Angie! It is fresh and adorable. Makes a perfect place for those cool, vintage flamingos to frolic! :)
    A few years ago I tackled my pile of mini quilt tops and whittled them down quite nicely, but I still have a couple from that attempt that I can't decide how to quilt.
    Your use of the edge stitch foot is brilliant. I wonder if it would help my feeble machine binding efforts. Thanks for sharing that tip.

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  18. sweet spring mini! It looks great on your table and perfect for Easter.
    I didn't know there was an edge foot.

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  19. Such a pretty mini for the flamingos to dance on!

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