Cheaper by the Half dozen # 1 by Speattle

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Cheaper by the half dozen
Status:
Complete
Started:
2013-06-30T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2013-07-05T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

I have had this pattern for a few years and finally got around to using it.  Very simple and quick to make.  After assembling the top, I decided to just do a "quick turn" rather than bind it.  Then I used an elongated "S" stitch along each seam line to quilt it.

Will be a gift for a baby girl at the shower tomorrow.

Pictures

Being tested by my granddaughter

Loves

Comments

True

Love these colors and that picture with the sleeping baby perfection!

Speattle

True
Thank you. I am having trouble getting the camera settings right so most of the pictures are not in good exposure. I had to tweak these a bit.

TiffanyRay

I too, love the colors! I have some fabrics very similar....
Can I ask, what is a 'quick turn'? And is it really quicker than binding? (by machine anyway...)

Speattle

TiffanyRay Quick turn is sandwiching the quilt right sides together with the batting exposed on the top. You stitch around all sides and leave an opening for turning it right side out. The reason I opted for it this time is I was in a hurry to get it done and doing it this way I could skip the binding.

Carefully poke the corners into place and smooth everything thoroughly then press the edges lightly. Press in the edges of the opening and hand stitch it shut.

Then you can quilt or tie as you wish to hold things in place. The batting is stitched in the seam, but it is nice to hold it in place with ties or quilting too. For this quilt, I just stitched over each seam with a curvy "Serpentine" stitch. Not extensive or fancy, but works well for a baby quilt.

Some quick turns do not have the batting stitched into the seam and that is a bit more cumbersome. Years ago I was doing a lot of the Eleanor Burns "Quilt in a Day" quilts and she used a fatter batting and it was not stitched in the seam. I did big quilts too! for that method of turning, one needed several friends to help. One at each corner to roll the quilt and batting toward the hole evenly. It was quite an event!

TiffanyRay

Speattle
Thanks for the explanation...i'll have to try it. Considering it takes me weeks & sometimes months to complete a quilt, this would be a welcome technique.

Speattle

TiffanyRay

http://www.thecraftstudio.com/qwc/resources/finish.htm

Has a good explanation. Also, look up Eleanor Burns or see if you can borrow a book of hers from the library. She uses this method a lot and has a way of doing it to add a border from the backside.

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