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Friday

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Are you a Flange Girl?

I’ve always loved a flange on a quilt.  I’ve designed quilts with flanges.

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Diamonds For Judith

Diamonds for Judith

 

Flanges are a three dimentional trim piece stitched into a seam as an accent.  Sometimes a quilt needs a little accent, not another border.  I love them!  They are so simple and very effective.

I’ve seen flanges used at the edge of the binding but never tried it.  In the Stash Club the quilt we are making in the February class is “Chubby Logs” from the book, “Skip the Borders” by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts.  The pattern has a flange at the binding, so here was my chance to give it a try as I make a sample of each quilt we’re doing before class.

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Chubby Logs with flange

Is that not AWESOME!  That little red edge along the binding absolutely made the quilt!  I’m so excited about it.

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Chubby Logs

A flange is a strip of fabric, folded in half, wrong sides together.  Lay the folded flange on the edge of the quilt with raw edges aligned and baste onto the quilt with an 1/8″ seam allowance.  Stitch a strip to each side of the quilt.  Leave it as is, laying against the quilt.  Stitch a strip to the top and bottom.

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flange close up

That’s it!  Bind as normal and you have that beautiful accent around your quilt!

Keep in mind that it’s a narrow accent which means any wobbling in your stitching shows.  So take your time and be sure the flange is lined up perfectly along the edge of the quilt and then stitch the binding on along the same edge.  Just keep things lined up well and stitch straight!

For an 1/8″ flange cut your strips 3/4″ wide, 1/4″ flange – cut strips at 1″.

Have you ever made a quilt with a flange?  What do you think of them?  I hope you’ll give it a try.  It really does add something special to a quilt.

Have a GREAT weekend!!



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri

 
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Monday

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Monday’s Motivation

I’m hoping to post a little MOTIVATION/INSPIRATION for the week on Monday’s.

be kind quote

I try hard to remember this when I become impatient or frustrated with someone around me.

The woman who doesn’t speak English and is trying to communicate with the checker at Safeway causing a long delay.

The woman snoring at the movies (she had cancer and her sister was getting her out for a much needed change of pace).

The elderly woman with a very strange outfit on (she had alzheimer’s and her daughter knew it would upset her if she tried to help her mom change so she took her to lunch with the crazy outfit on).

The strange noises coming from the neighbors house (their son has severe autism and is very noisy).

So remember this week to BE KIND, SHOW GRACE, SMILE …. to those who may be a little different or not behaving the way we think they should.  It’s very likely they are going through something we know nothing about.

Have a GREAT week!



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri

 
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Sunday

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Ella’s Birthday Party

Guess who just turned 1!

My sweet Ella!

Ella's birthday head shot

We had a little party.  She loves hanging with the ladies in the studio who are taking classes.  Her birthday was friday and we were having an SYOB Retreat so we put together a simple little party with doggie treats, people treats, lots of balls (her favorite toy) and a few decorations.  It was fun!  The students wished her a happy birthday.  She played ball, ate a few treats and we enjoyed a few doggie bone sugar cookies.  Then we got to sewing while she played with her favorite ball.

ella's birthday picture

Ella’s my first dog and I love her so much!  She’s such a joyful, fun dog.  I really can’t imagine my life without a dog since having her.

Hope you have a special little love in your life.  Tell me about your sweetie ~



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri