Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Here is a picture my mom took while on vacation in Las Vegas. This is a casino floor. I thought it was just beautiful. Do you all ever look at the floor for a cool pattern? Makes me want to quilt something with a fan pattern.

The houses and trees in the previous post are paper pieced. They were fun to do, but then I like to piece with a foundation.

I did not find the bias edges to be a problem on the 1000 pyramids quilt. However, realizing that this could be a problem, I cut and then sewed, cut and sewed, maybe 20 triangles at a time instead of cutting a whole bunch like 200 at a time. Then I put the strips away and do not handle them until I sew one to another. I am just careful because I know this can be a problem.

*****Eureka! I have read the solution to a nagging problem. When sewing on binding it is inevitable that a seam is on the corner. A lady suggested that I cut the binding, make it shorter to change where the seam is, and resew the binding, before continuing on to the corner. WOW!!!! I feel a whole lot smarter and a whole lot dumber at the same time. Why didn't I think of that? My binding life will be soooo changed! *****

10 comments:

Jeanne said...

That happens to me with binding seams, too. You only need to shorten it up a couple of inches when you approach the corner and see that it's going to hit in the wrong place :)

Linda_J said...

You know Rebecca, the "Eureka" thought just occured to me last week. Cut some off and re-sew it away from the corner---like. DUH. I've been at this since 88 so you think it would have occured to me before now. Whoever helps with my binding in the quilt group will surely be eternally grateful that the light bulb finally went off atop my head, LOL.

Vicky said...

Gotta love those light bulb moments! I had a couple last week, and I felt SO smug!

That tile is gorgeous, but I thought had pieced that when I first looked it. You were definitely my hero du jour there for a few minutes! LOL

Patti said...

I try to lay the entire quilt out on the floor and then lay the binding on top of it. That way I can usually tell where to start to I won't hit a corner with a seam in the binding. Duh - I never thought to cut off a little bit and restitch!

Love that tile - until I read your post I thought it was a picture of a quilt!

JudyL said...

That is a cool floor.

Yep, the seams on my bindings sometimes end up in the corners too. I always wonder what the chances are of having that seam in a corner. It has to be small but it surely happens a lot! If it's a quilt that matters, I'll stop, cut and make a new seam but more often than not, I just keep going. Bad quilter! :(

Judy L.

Happy Valley Quilter said...

I am constantly looking at the cool designs on floors. I even caught myself analyzing the hourglass design on the back of the airline seat in front of me. It's amazing where those "quilt designs" show up! :-)
Kairle

Carolyn said...

That floor is gorgeous. I have a photo of the floor in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NY that I would love to make into a quilt. Maybe someday...Carolyn

Passionate Quilter said...

cool floor! Yep, floors, ceilings, hotel corridor carpets, wallpaper, it's amazing where neat quilt designs can show up!

How is it that with all that length of binding, the seams happen at the corner? Now if we TRIED to do that...hahaha great idea, seems like such a common sense thing to do, I might have to do that next time instead of dealing with it!

cher said...

yes, I find quilt patterns everywhere- both to piece from and quilt too. It is such a great photo! thanks for sharing

Mary said...

Cool looking floor - it reminds me of a clamshell quilt - you know the one with the overlapping clamshells.