Saturday, September 26, 2009

Binding Bee at West Des Moines Methodist Church

Two quilts for Mission Australia Bush Fire Relief, accomplished!

Nine quilters participated in a binding bee to complete two 64" X 80" quilts that will be delivered to Australia and donated to victims of February bush fires.

First, each quilt was longarm quilted thanks to Norma Hamilton and Mary Nichols. This is Mary, longarm quilting at the APQS (American Professional Quilting Systems) showroom here in Des Moines, Iowa. We sincerely thank APQS for allowing us to use their machine on this mission quilt.
When we met for the Binding Bee, our first task was to align rulers to mark the straight edge on each side of the quilt.
(L-R) Barb, Lu, and Vivian
Norma and Michelle
After marking, everyone received a lesson and demonstration of how to apply binding with machine-sew mitered corners. (See the binding tutorial in the menu at right.)

(L-R) Norma and Michelle trimmed away the batting and backing, 3/8" from the stitching line.
Everyone participated in hand-sewing binding to the quilt back.
(L-R) Joyce and Vivian
(L-R) Lu and Barb
(L-R) Shirley and Ann
Norma
We admired and photographed each completed quilt, and then found something surprising...
When viewed from a distance, an optical illusion occurred.
It looks as though the quilt has rolling waves!
This rick-rack design quilt looks as though it has...
... accordion folds!
It was most enjoyable to note these remarkable illusions, and admire our handiwork. Prayers were spoken over these quilts, asking God to bless the recipients of them. We know that's just what He will do.

1 comment:

criag said...

An insightfull post. Will definitely help.

Thanks,
George - Officetronics Binding Machine