Yeah it’s Day 29!!

This is a tutorial for adding a mitered facing easily and quickly. What is a facing? A facing is a binding technique that forms a mitered binding on one side and a hidden finish on the opposite side.

The advantages of a facing using this technique are that you can easily create a mitered corner facing in a variety of sizes, as small as 1/2″ and as large as 3″. There are no complicated calculations and the facing is separate from the background fabric so you can choose to use coordinating or contrasting fabric. Also, this technique forms a mitered facing on one side and a hidden finish on the opposite side…you choose which finish you’d prefer on the front side of your piece.

The notions you’ll need are few: a rotary cutter, mat & ruler, a fabric marking pen, and iron & ironing board and a sewing needle and thread.

The important tool you’ll need is the “Add-A-Miter Binding Template” (or ruler). This ruler takes all of the guess work out of making a facing and provides perfect mitered corners each and every time. Begin by first squaring off your quilt.

  • Determine the width of the facing. I typically prefer a 2″ finished facing as it provides support particularly for a hanging quilt. Multiply the desired width x 2 and add 1/2″ to allow for two 1/4″ seams. A 4 1/2″ width would need to be cut for a 2″ finished facing.
  • Measure each side of your piece. Cut a facing strip equal in length to each separate side of the quilt. If your quilt requires a length longer than your’re able to cut, you’ll need to join the strips as you would for a traditional binding.
  • Fold each strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Press. Place the strips with lengthwise raw edges even with the FRONT side of the project, aligning the raw edges of the strips with the raw edges of the quilt; pin. (This will result on a hidden finish on the front of the quilt.)
  • Use the dotted 1/4″ line on the ruler to mark 1/4″ from the edge of each facing strip using a fabric marking pen. Stitch the facing to the quilt using a 1/4″ seam, beginning at the first marked point and stopping at the second marked point; make certain to back stitch at each point.

  • Press the facing strip away from the quilt and continue to add the remaining facing strips in the same manner.
  • Place the ruler in the corner to be mitered with the solid lines along the inside edges of the facing. Trim the facing along the edge of the tool next to the dashed line using a rotary cutter and mat. Do the same with each of the corners.
  • Meet facing edges diagonally, right sides together, at trimmed corner edges. Fold the quilt seam away from the facing and pin. Stitch from corner seam intersection through facing edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance; back stitch. Press seam open and repeat with the remaining corners.
  • Turn facing to opposite side of piece. Gently shape corners to promote a clean sharp corner. Iron.
  • Hand stitch facing in place on the back side of the quilt for a hidden facing.

Note: To expose facing on the front side of the quilt, stitch the folded facing strips to the BACK side of the quilt. This will create a framed appearance.

Please follow the rest of the 2019 Back To School Blog Hop! Note that these industry peeps are all over the country and world, so be patient if you don’t see their post first thing in *your* morning!

Day 1 – September 1 – Sam Hunter: Sewing Long Seams Without Stretching – huntersdesignstudio.com 

Day 2 – September 2 – Susan Arnold – Joining Binding the Easy Way – quiltfabrication.com

Day 3 – September 3 – Angie Wilson – Fussy cutting tips and techniques – www.gnomeangel.com

Day 4 – September 4 – Andi Stanfield – No-Mark HST: Let your machine be your guide – truebluequilts.com/blog/

Day 5 – September 5 – Bobbie Gentili – Say YES to Y-seams – geekybobbin.com

Day 6 – September 6 – Mel Beach – 5 Reasons to Say Woo Hoo! to School Glue – pieceloveandhappiness.blogspot.com

Day 7 – September 7 – Laura Piland – 7 Ways to Use a Laser on Your Sewing Machine – www.sliceofpiquilts.com

Day 8 – September 8 – Suzy Webster – How to solve loops in free motion quilting – www.websterquilt.com

Day 9 – September 9 – Tara Miller – Accurate Stitch-and-Flip Corners – quiltdistrict.com

Day 10 – September 10 – Latifah Saafir – Accurate Seams Using Masking Tape! – latifahsaafirstudios.com

Day 11 – September 11 – Sarah Ruiz – The Magic of Glue Basting – saroy.net

Day 12 – September 12 – Jen Shaffer – Ways to stop your ruler from slipping while cutting – patternsbyjen.blogspot.com

Day 13 – September 13 – Cheryl Sleboda – Basics of ruching (a vintage fabric manipulation technique) – muppin.com

Day 14 – September 14 – Raylee Bielenberg – Choosing quilting designs for your quilt – www.sunflowerstitcheries.com

Day 15 – September 15 – Jen Strauser – Accurate and Attractive Machine binding – dizzyquilter.com

Day 16 – September 16 – Jane Davidson – Matching points for all types of intersections – quiltjane.com

Day 17 – September 17 – Teresa Coates – Starch and starch alternatives – teresacoates.com

Day 18 – September 18 – Jen Frost – Benefits of spray basting – faithandfabricdesign.com

Day 19 – September 19 – Sandra Starley – Getting started with Hand Quilting – utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com

Day 20 – September 20 – Karen Platt – Drunkard’s Path Made Easy – karenplatt.co.uk/blog/

Day 21 – September 21 – Kris Driessen – All Kinds of Square (in a Square) – scrapdash.com

Day 22 – September 22 – Sarah Goer – Planned Improv Piecing – sarahgoerquilts.com

Day 23 – September 23 – Kathy Bruckman – Organizing kits for on-the-go sewing – kathyskwiltsandmore.blogspot.com

Day 24 – September 24 – Cheryl Daines Brown – The Secret to Flat Quilt Tops: Borders – quilterchic.com

Day 25 – September 25 – Cherry Guidry – Pre-assembling fusible applique – cherryblossomsquilting.com

Day 26 – September 26 – Laura Chaney – Getting started with English Paper Piecing – prairiesewnstudios.com

Day 27 – September 27 – Ebony Love – Cutting Bias Strips from a Rectangle – lovebugstudios.com

Day 28 – September 28 – Tammy Silvers – Working with heavier weight threads in your machine – tamarinis.typepad.com

Day 29 – September 29 – Kathy Nutley – Create a perfect facing or frame with 90 degree angles – quiltingsbykathy.com

Day 30 – September 3 – Joanne Harris – Using Leaders and Enders – quiltsbyjoanne.blogspot.com

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Just two days to go…..

Please follow the rest of the 2019 Back To School Blog Hop! Note that these industry peeps are all over the country and world, so be patient if you don’t see their post first thing in *your* morning!

Day 1 – September 1 – Sam Hunter: Sewing Long Seams Without Stretching – huntersdesignstudio.com <<—- you are here!

Day 2 – September 2 – Susan Arnold – Joining Binding the Easy Way – quiltfabrication.com

Day 3 – September 3 – Angie Wilson – Fussy cutting tips and techniques – www.gnomeangel.com

Day 4 – September 4 – Andi Stanfield – No-Mark HST: Let your machine be your guide – truebluequilts.com/blog/

Day 5 – September 5 – Bobbie Gentili – Say YES to Y-seams – geekybobbin.com

Day 6 – September 6 – Mel Beach – 5 Reasons to Say Woo Hoo! to School Glue – pieceloveandhappiness.blogspot.com

Day 7 – September 7 – Laura Piland – 7 Ways to Use a Laser on Your Sewing Machine – www.sliceofpiquilts.com

Day 8 – September 8 – Suzy Webster – How to solve loops in free motion quilting – www.websterquilt.com

Day 9 – September 9 – Tara Miller – Accurate Stitch-and-Flip Corners – quiltdistrict.com

Day 10 – September 10 – Latifah Saafir – Accurate Seams Using Masking Tape! – latifahsaafirstudios.com

Day 11 – September 11 – Sarah Ruiz – The Magic of Glue Basting – saroy.net

Day 12 – September 12 – Jen Shaffer – Ways to stop your ruler from slipping while cutting – patternsbyjen.blogspot.com

Day 13 – September 13 – Cheryl Sleboda – Basics of ruching (a vintage fabric manipulation technique) – muppin.com

Day 14 – September 14 – Raylee Bielenberg – Choosing quilting designs for your quilt – www.sunflowerstitcheries.com

Day 15 – September 15 – Jen Strauser – Accurate and Attractive Machine binding – dizzyquilter.com

Day 16 – September 16 – Jane Davidson – Matching points for all types of intersections – quiltjane.com

Day 17 – September 17 – Teresa Coates – Starch and starch alternatives – teresacoates.com

Day 18 – September 18 – Jen Frost – Benefits of spray basting – faithandfabricdesign.com

Day 19 – September 19 – Sandra Starley – Getting started with Hand Quilting – utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com

Day 20 – September 20 – Karen Platt – Drunkard’s Path Made Easy – karenplatt.co.uk/blog/

Day 21 – September 21 – Kris Driessen – All Kinds of Square (in a Square) – scrapdash.com

Day 22 – September 22 – Sarah Goer – Planned Improv Piecing – sarahgoerquilts.com

Day 23 – September 23 – Kathy Bruckman – Organizing kits for on-the-go sewing – kathyskwiltsandmore.blogspot.com

Day 24 – September 24 – Cheryl Daines Brown – The Secret to Flat Quilt Tops: Borders – quilterchic.com

Day 25 – September 25 – Cherry Guidry – Pre-assembling fusible applique – cherryblossomsquilting.com

Day 26 – September 26 – Laura Chaney – Getting started with English Paper Piecing – prairiesewnstudios.com

Day 27 – September 27 – Ebony Love – Cutting Bias Strips from a Rectangle – lovebugstudios.com

Day 28 – September 28 – Tammy Silvers – Working with heavier weight threads in your machine – tamarinis.typepad.com

Day 29 – September 29 – Kathy Nutley – Create a perfect facing or frame with 90 degree angles – quiltingsbykathy.com

Day 30 – September 3 – Joanne Harris – Using Leaders and Enders – quiltsbyjoanne.blogspot.com

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“Bloom Where You Are Planted”

Bloom Where You Are Planted
Bloom Where You Are Planted
Kathy Nutley
32” x 38”
USA

I made it!! I met the deadline! It began with an idea, hand painted fabrics and hand drawn flowers and leaves. It finished with domestic free motion quilting and a facing. Whew!!

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

I entered the 2019 Pantone Quilt Challenge in late March of this year. The 2019 color of the year is Living Coral which was to be the star of quilts in the challenge. I met the June 5th deadline without a moment to spare as I completed hand stitching the facing just last night.

Bloom Where You Are Planted
32” x 39”
Milford, Connecticut
USA

By definition the term “challenge” means to engage in a contest of skill. I viewed this challenge as an opportunity to define my own process for art quilting as designing and assembling this quilt proved to be a personal challenge for me. So many decisions to be made from beginning to end. I learned quite a bit about pushing through to the other side of a viable solution as well as opening my mind to changes in my ultimate vision.

I’m thankful to have been a part of this challenge and look forward to the upcoming link party which will allow me to view the other quilts submitted in this challenge. I hope you will take the time to view them as well. Remember….Living Coral is the color of the day…ok the year.

Happy Quilting,

Kathy

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Pantone quilt 2019 update

I’ve been working…working…working to meet the deadline for the Pantone “Living Coral” 2019 quilt challenge. The week of June 2nd is used for the Last Minute Hustle…sounds about right….with June 9th being THE BIG REVEAL! I can’t wait to see the completed versions of what everyone has been working on.

Below are a few photos of the texture I’ve created using free motion quilting. If you’ve been following my blog you know that I began this quilt by painting each of the “Living Coral” fabrics myself. The Blue Jay background fabric is a Kona solid that I fell in love with as it plays so nicely with the Living Coral challenge color.

Deadlines are made to be met….continue to stay tuned!

Best,

Kathy

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The Great Studio Spring Clean

Most everything in life is good and bad…Facebook has its “good” also.  Recently I was invited via Facebook to participate in a “Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop” orchestrated by Cheryl Sleboda of Quilt Pro Clubhouse.  Timing couldn’t have been more perfect for me!  I’d recently been teaching several classes back-to-back while also working on the Pantone 2019 Challenge quilt, samples for upcoming classes, my sister’s Christmas quilt (ok, yes it was given as a top on Christmas Eve 2018) that includes 20+ free motion quilting designs AND summer dresses for my grand-daughter (which also include free motion quilting).  Upon close inspection I realized I had been working within a small confined space in my sewing studio due to the amount of accumulated “clutter”.  My husband told me flat out, “You’ll never do it”.  Hah!

WHERE TO BEGIN?!?!?!?!

I thought of the strategies I use to clean the house:

  • start in one corner and work your way around the room
  • begin with the worst first
  • aim to clean out what doesn’t belong
  • once you pick it up you must make a decision about it rather than just moving it to another location.

I decided to clean out what didn’t belong any longer according to categories:  books and magazines, patterns, tools and finally fabric.  You’ll notice I didn’t mention threads…you never know what color you’ll be needing..

I began weeding out my books as I find for the most part I’ve been sketching my own quilt patterns and should I have a question…I head for YouTube.  Perusing each book before saying goodbye to it led me to realize just how much quilting has changed over the years….remember Country calico? I decided to keep “Machine Quilting Unlimited” as they have since gone out of business and truly this magazine was one of my all-time favorites.

Next I headed for my pattern box…which I might say I found sprinkled around the studio…I asked myself 2 questions as I looked at each and every one….had I made this pattern and/or in reality would I make it?  Here again, times have changed…or at least my taste in quilted projects has.

Tools….there weren’t many I was willing to part with.  Mainly, “contraptions” which claimed to assist in better free motion quilting….tisn’t so for me.  I prefer to use Lickity Grip and my own two hands.

Ahhh…my stash.  All in all it wasn’t as hard as I had expected it to be.  Yet again my taste has changed greatly over the last 20+ years.  I also prefer to paint my own fabric now instead of searching far and wide and accepting the best I can find.  I cleaned 3 medium size boxes of fabric out of my baskets.

Drawers…I realized as I emptied each of my sewing drawers that I had been only using items located in the front of my drawers.  To my delight I discovered tools that I believed the gremlins had taken for their own eons ago.

Here is a photo of all of the things that I’ve taken out of my studio:

As I adding them to the “go” pile I told myself three things:

  • once an item was added to the “go” pile it could not be removed
  • I would promise myself to “shop at home”
  • to organize items as I removed them in order to save time later

As I worked I asked myself how things had gotten this bad and here’s what I determined to be my challenges:

  • I most enjoy working on projects that incorporate various techniques, all of which bring their own amount of “clutter”, ie. painting fabric, fussy cutting fabric, thread work, sketching and free motion quilting.
  • I am working on too many projects at one time: I purchased beautifully decorated boxes to hold all of the items needed for individual projects.  Now all I need to do is label them.
  • I leave items on open spaces so I can find them easily as needed
  • I tell myself I’ll make time to clean later
  • I need more surface space (and a skylight)
  • I have too many ideas to manage at one time

So what have I learned after all of this?

  • Daily maintenance, whether I begin my studio time organizing for 15 minutes or end it, it must be done.
  • Shop at home first.  I am fortunate to own a wealth of quilting/sewing items that I loved enough to purchase…I want to use them!
  • Decide what to do with my scraps as I finish each project, whether I organize a few into the next project, share them with quilting friends or donate them, they cannot be allowed to accumulate willy nilly.

If you’re still having trouble organizing I highly recommend the book, “Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter” by Carolyn Woods.  Each quilter will benefit from their individual organization solutions but this book will get you on your way.

And now for the BIG REVEAL!!!

My husband maintains he wants to see everyone’s sewing room in one year’s time!

I found I had weeded so many fabrics, patterns, notions, books, DVD’s and handmade items that I needed to hold a tag sale…which I accomplished last Saturday, May 4th. I had advertised it in my guild’s newsletter (230+ members), on Craig’s list and two other yard sale sites online. Sadly, the majority of the attendees (men) wandered into the tag sale looking surprised and bewildered. They had read the signage but not the first word “Quilters” Tag Sale. Sadly the targeted audience didn’t show as I had hoped but there is a silver lining to all of this…I’m donating all of the items to the 2020 Quilt Show Boutique for the Ct Piecemakers Quilt Guild!


  1. April 29 – Linda Bratten – http://lindabcreative.blogspot.com
  2. April 30 – Sandra Johnson – http://www.sandrajohnsondesigns.com
  3. May 1 – Jennifer Schifano Thomas – http://www.Curlicuecreations.com
  4. May 2 – Becca Fenstermaker – http://www.prettypiney.com
  5. May 3 – Sue Griffiths – http://www.duckcreekmountainquilting.com
  6. May 4 – Kate Starcher – http://katiemaequilts.com/blog
  7. May 5 – Jo Westfoot – http://www.thecraftynomad.co.uk/blog
  8. May 6 – Sam Hunter – https://www.huntersdesignstudio.com
  9. May 7 – Simone Fisher – http://simonequilts.com/blogs/news
  10. May 8 – Elisabeth DeMoo https://www.brownbirddesignsquilts.com
  11. May 9 – Sarah Myers –  http://www.quilted-diary.com/blog
  12. May 10 – Amy Bradley – http://www.purplepineapplestudio.com
  13. May 11 – Kathy Nutley – http://www.QuiltingsByKathy.com
  14. May 12 – Carla Henton – http://createinthesticks.blogspot.com
  15. May 13 – Sherry Shish – http://www.poweredbyquilting.com
  16. May 14 – Kate Colleran – http://www.seamslikeadream.com/blog
  17. May 15 – Pamela Boatright – https://www.pamelaquilts.com
  18. May 16 – Cathy McKillip – http://wishuponaquilt.com/blog
  19. May 17 – Cheryl Sleboda – http://blog.muppin.com

So I hope you’ll continue on this journey of exploring quilt studios to realize that there doesn’t seem to be any progress without “mess”, however, it really does help to stop every once in a while to weed out what you’ll never need.

On we go….

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Pantone Living Coral Quilt Sketch

How sad the world would be without color


Believe it or not this represents my plan for the Pantone Living Color quilt. How sad this sketch looks without color! I was tempted to color it in but I’m already two weeks behind! Yikes!! The size of each flower and its perspective to the sun is what took time. The sun, in its ultimate glory will need to be made smaller in order to elude to distance. Remember all of the hand-painted fabric? I have such a hard time cutting into it but I tell myself only the first snip is the hardest. It gets easier and more exciting as shapes begin to take on meaning and I forget about the scissors I’m wielding.
Now off to the cutting table.

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The Fabulous Five

The Fabulous Five

Congratulations to The Fabulous Five who successfully conquered the initial hesitation in free motion quilting their Hoffman Dream Big panels. They now free motion quilt with confidence and a sense of adventure. Several of the Fab 5 even began designing their own design combinations. This class felt much more like a retreat than a workshop! What great ladies to work with!

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Coral compliments

Deep in the recesses of my studio lives a coveted box of my own hand painted fabrics…lovingly painted under the tree in the shade of my own backyard. It’s interesting to me how people perceive color in different ways as evident in the color palettes people choose for the same quilt. Well, here are some of mine….

My coveted box of hand painted fabric

I feel I have a running start at this point…..any guesses on what the quilt top will consist of? There are a lot of clues here….

I must offer one disclaimer though….a few of the pieces of painted fabric were in reality painted by Mickey Lawler. I just can’t resist including her beautiful work. Absolutely anytime I include a piece of her fabric, the piece looks instantly better for it. When I grow up I want to be her.

Happy quilting,

Kathy

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Pantone quilt fabric update

I promised an update to my fabric stash….and here it is! I spent an afternoon painting what I hoped to represent Living Coral in conjunction with colors found along side it in nature. I painted pink coral, orange coral, ribbons of each side-by-side and coral with shades of lemon yellow. I couldn’t help adding a bit of bling in the form of “fairy” glitter to the yellow. I sponge painted a few pieces as well in order to offer a variety of textures and blended color. I’m thinking of painting an additional piece using salt. This really was a labor of love as I enjoy coral anything.

What choices for fussy cutting!

I think tomorrow will bring a round of painting similar colors along with the addition of salt to the fabric just before it begins to dry. I find painting my own fabric to be addicting. I taught myself to paint out of a sheer need to work with fabric that matched the colors in my “mind’s eye” instead of trying to be satisfied with what I was able to find. I’m soooo much happier!

Well….now onto my saved box of previously hand painted fabrics to find colors to make the living coral POP! I’ll post photos of the ones I choose.

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