Invisible Binding

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my Have a Gander post. They quite energised me to finish it so instead of having a go at making another bread basket for my ‘Friday Night Sew In’ I set to and got on with making my Goosey WALL HANGING.

Yes, that’s right, I finally decided that it wasn’t going to become a cushion, mainly because as Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches pointed out cushions can receive some rough treatment and the thought of my geese being sat on was too much to bear 😉

Now a couple of months ago my Quilter’s group had a speaker visiting us and this lady didn’t like binding her quilts preferring to have a sort of invisible binding instead (until that point I don’t think I’d ever considered that there was a different way of finishing off a quilt!).

I remembered that talk when I was pondering about binding my wall hanging and decided to try the ‘invisible’ finishing off technique this lady spoke about.

I discovered that this is called facing a quilt and that’s what I did on Friday.

I found some tutorials on the good old internet and followed this one by Quiltmaker in particular but threw in some of the hints and tips of the others as well!

This is the process I followed (documented for my own benefit so I’ll be able to do it again!)

1.Measure long sides of quilt. Cut 2 1/2″ strips 1/4″ smaller than this measurement.

2. Measure short sides, cut 2 1/2″ strips to this length.

3. On one long side of all 4 strips press under 1/2″ .

4. Place one long strip, right sides together on the quilt, match the ends of the strip to the sides of the quilt as below.Pin at both ends (remember this long strip is 1/4″ short so it will need to be eased into position – this apparently helps to flatten the facing when it is flipped to the back of the quilt).

Repeat with other long strip.


5. Using a walking foot sew the long facing strips to the quilt using a 1/4″ seam. Begin at one short end, turning the corners with one diagonal stitch, as shown.


6. Position the short facing strips, right side down, along the short sides of the quilt. Cut the ends of the strips so they overhang the folded edge of the long facing strips by about 1″

7. Sew in place.




8. Trim the corners to reduce bulk and flip the facing to the back of the quilt, carefully push out the corners.



9. Press the facing to the back, pin and slip stitch in place.

I haven’t done step 9 yet – that’s next on my list!

Enjoy the rest of the week end.

Until next time,

Chris x

Thank you!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me know that you thought the wrapping paper bag from my last post was cool as well! What a relief that was 😉

I’ve been asked for the measurements for the bag so here they are together with instructions:


wrapping bag page 1

wrapping bag page 2

Please let me know if they are unclear – this is my first attempt at writing instructions.

Chrissie from Chrissie Crafts suggested making them for presents, and Lucie from Lucie the Happy Quilter suggested making them from scraps- both brilliant ideas. Thanks ladies.

I’ve been busy in the Shoebox warehouse this week (see this post for an explanation). The numbers of boxes coming in has slowed right down so it’s a matter of checking through all the boxes and then sending them onto the next stage of their journey. The ones which are being checked in our warehouse are destined for Swaziland.

Have a lovely day.

Until next time,

Chris x

Linen love affair and hexie tutorial

It doesn’t take much to make me happy, just a new piece of fabric and my smile appears!

This week I was pottering about in my local fabric shop and I spied a bolt of beautiful linen, to be fair I’ve seen this bolt (or one just like it!) there before but that was the day I decided to spend my pennies on actually buying some. I love the feel and look of linen, there’s something quite beautiful about its slight roughness and the natural colour blends so well with, well, anything really.

But what to make? Then I saw this facebook post by Sewing Room Secrets and I loved it!

This type of hexagon arrangement is called a  twisted hexagon and I came across them a while ago, here’s one I used to make a pincushion,


These twisted hexagons can be made using the English paper piecing method or by good old sewing machine method.

I used EPP for my pincushion (good tutorial here at Quilt Obsession), so I thought I’d use my sewing machine this time.

My first step was to make the pattern, I usually make my own patterns and thought I’d do a tutorial on how to draft one so you can make a twisted hexie too but in whatever size you want! Sorry if this is a bit like teaching grannies to suck eggs (apologies to all lovely grannies out there!) but it seemed like a good idea at the time 🙂

Twisted Hexagon Template Tutorial

First step is to work out how big you want your finished twisted hexagon to be (I do this in inches), note down the diameter and then half it. So if I want a twisted hexagon to be around 6 inches in diameter, I’m halving it to be 3 at this point.

Then add on seam allowances of 1/2 inch (so I’ve now got 3 1/2 inches)

Half this – 1 and 3/4 inches. This measurement is the radius of a circle you need to now draw on some card (I used an old cereal packet).

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Make a small mark on the circumference of the circle and put the point of your compass on it – make sure you do not alter the distance between the arms of the compass.

Mark the circumference again where the compass pencil crosses the line.

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Move the compass point onto the new mark and repeat the mark making process.

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Repeat again

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and again until the compass pencil makes a mark on top of the original mark. (If this does not happen it means that the compass arms moved either closer together or further apart – try again until the marks match up)


You will hopefully be left with a circle and 6 marks, like this…


Join up the marks to make a super accurate hexagon, this is your pattern piece.

Cut it out carefully – don’t want to mess up all our hard work here 😉


Draw round your hexagon and draw a straight line across the hexagon from one point to another.


Cut these out carefully too – these will be templates for the ‘twisted’ bits of the hexagon.

You should now have these pieces…


which you can see can be arranged like this!


All the pieces have a 1/4 inch seam allowance included.

You are now the proud owner of templates for a twisted hexagon in the size you want, all you have to do now cut out the fabric (6 half hexagons for every whole hexagon!) and decide what to make 🙂


Now onto the exciting part – the sewing 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x