|Around the Town|
|Berry Patch, Cherry Lemonade DishTowels, and Cottage Bloom|
Now spray your strips with starch. This is very important because your folds will stay crisply turned. Do this before you pass the strip through the bias tape maker because if you do it after, the moisture will undo the folds.
Feed the bias strip into the bias tape maker with the wrong side up. If you press the end of the strip before you do this, it will dry the starch and make it stiff and easy to feed through.
Turn it over to the back side. There is a little slot on the bias tape maker you where you can see your fabric. Use a pin or awl to slide the fabric down to advance it all the way through and out the other side of the bias tape maker.
Pull the bias tape maker to the left as you follow it with your iron. Keep the fabric strip centered as it feeds through so it will fold the fabric edges over as you press.
That's all there is to it! Now you have a strip of fabric made into bias tape. You can shape it with your steam iron to make the curves and loops you need for your design. For example, to make the letters for the Berry Patch quilt I showed you before, first make a copy of the letter guide. Place the guide on your ironing surface press the bias tape right on the page following the outlines on the paper.
Once the letters are formed, take them to your quilt top and baste them in place using Jillily Studio Appli-Glue. Then you can stitch them in place either by machine or by hand. I usually stitch by hand, but all this lettering was done by machine!
Here is another example of using a shaping guide. This is for the gate on my Secret Garden quilt. I used narrower bias tape here--1/4" wide to make the parts of the gate. I am using red bias here just to show you,
but on the actual quilt I used a black print. Be sure to glue baste everything in place to make it easy to stitch!
I hope you find that this tutorial can make your quilting easier.
Oh, by the way, I was on American Patchwork and Quilting Radio today with Pat Sloan. We had a nice chat. If you want to listen, go to this link:
Were you listening in today?
I hope so.