"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Monday, February 13, 2012

Mitred corners mastered!

Last month, I was having fun experimenting with small projects from books that I'd borrowed from our library. One was a small mat made from scraps. It has been sitting unfinished on my desk up until now - all I had to do was the binding. I usually take the easy way out when I bind my patchwork projects, by 'bagging' them, or sewing a strip top and bottom, then on each side. But as this was a small item, I decided to have a go at mitring the corners. I have been shown how to do this, I've watched tutorials online, and I've studied the technique in books and magazines, but it contined to defy me. But today I made up my mind, I was going to do it. I have a DVD put out by Patchwork & Quilting magazine, called "The Secrets to Perfecting Mitred Borders and Bindings".  I put it into my computer and started playing it.  Trotting back and forth between my sewing room and the computer room, I managed to achieve a nicely mitred binding on my mat - hooray! And it isn't so hard after all...just have to hold your tongue the right way, lol!
It is a bit hard to see, but you can see how neat it looks!
Change of topic.  This embroidered cat came from Jan Elliott in Canada, who buys lots of goodies at estate sales and auctions, and onsells many of them on her Etsy site.  Her own passion is collecting scarves.  When I saw this pussycat on her Etsy site, I asked if she would like to swap it for some silk scarves I'd found in opshops here, and she was happy to do that.


Miss 376 said...

Well done, you. It's a great feeling when you master something new. Mitred corners on everything now?

Meow (aka Connie) said...

Mitred corners can be tricky, but you did an great job !!

Linens and Royals said...

Well done, I have neve been able to master the mitred corner and have now given up. Same with french knots, I now use a small bead instead.