a diy class on quilting and binding | Brooke Sellmann | Skillshare

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a diy class on quilting and binding

teacher avatar Brooke Sellmann, quilt designer, blogger

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. intro video

    • 2. baste quilt top

    • 3. quilting

    • 4. trimming

    • 5. sewing on binding

    • 6. joining binding pieces

    • 7. handsewing binding

    • 8. closing video

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About This Class

In this class you will gain a better understanding of basic quilting and binding techniques.  Using a walking foot, I will show you a simple but eye appealing way to quilt your projects.  I will also show you how to sew on binding and finish it using two different methods.  This is a great beginner class to further your skills and finish up those projects you began!

In this class we will talk about the following topics...




binding prep

sewing on binding


finished project


Meet Your Teacher

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Brooke Sellmann

quilt designer, blogger


Welcome! Fresh and Fun is the focus for Silly Mama Quilts of which I am the owner. This shop and blog was born out of a difficult time in my life when my brother passed away 7+ years ago. As a way to shower his wife and children with love, I made quilts and quilted projects. I so enjoyed working with fabrics and colors that they liked and were outside my comfort zone. I then became passionate about creating fun and fresh projects. The wide variety of fabrics and designers makes this an amazing job. I currently design projects for Melissa Ybarra/Iza Pearl Design, Tamara Kate Design, Carrie Bloomston of Such Designs, Alison Glass, Gina Martin Design.

The name for my business came from having four children who range in age from 12 to 29. I began quilting when my oldest was two, so... See full profile

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1. intro video: Hi, Brooke here from Silly Mama quotes. And in today's class, we're gonna talk about finishing, finishing those pieces that you may have made in one of my other classes. We're gonna talk about basting. We're going to talk about some simple quilting using the walking foot, and then we're gonna talk about binding, sewing it on hand, sewing it down machine, sewing it down, just giving you some different tips and a bit more close up on some of those finishing techniques. So in this class, I'm going to take this particular quilt centerpiece. It's it's probably It's a good sized piece, and I'm going to use it as my class project and use it to show you these finishing techniques that I'm going to be talking about so that that sounds like something that you would like to get some more information on that you need some help with. I would love to see you in the class, and we will embark on this adventure together 2. baste quilt top: We're gonna talk today about kind of the first steps that I go through once I have a completed talk, whether it's a table runner, a pillow cover, anything that I'm gonna quilt. So I'm as you can see, I have some batting here. I've made it just a little bit larger than this top. And then I chosen some fabric. I did iron it. It does look a little briefly, but I think it will be fine with what we're doing. Andi. So now I've laid it out, and they may like a quilt. I call it a quote sandwich. So I'm going to cut away the excess part, uh, this backing fabric. And then, uh, I like to pin based using some safety pins. Some people spray based. Some people use straight pins or some people don't based it off. I personally have found that I had better results when I hit. So I have some safety pins, and I usually just kind of like to work from the center out from a side to side, and I'm gonna pin about Oh, I don't know, 4 to 5 inches apart just to kind of anchor down all three layers so that they don't shift around. So I'm going to be doing this all the way around on this particular piece. And then once I have my project basted, I will be ready to take it in to my sewing machine and begin the Quilty. So I think that's where I will leave you until I ready to begin protein this particular piece. 3. quilting : So our next step after we've done our quilt sandwich is to begin Cool teen Our peace Once again I'm using my walking foot. I'm also using my a favorite technique, which is just a very gentle, uh, Kirby quilting. It's something easy to achieve and, um, it looks great on a lot of different pieces. So I've already done one very gentle Kirby line, and now I'm ready to do a little bit more. I kind of wanted you talk to you just a little bit about read. In this particular case, I chose very muted sock cast still type thread to use a silky brand. Sometimes I've chosen just a really nice off white, um, Ray on Fred. Use my pieces. And so I just completed one pass. Once I get down to the bottom, I go to where the last line of stitching waas and count 1234 about five stitches, um, to where I am going to begin again. I alternate going in and out so that its opposite and so that it just has a nice feel. I'm going to continue quilting this piece and then when I am done, then all kind of I'll show you a little bit more about what the finished piece looks like and then talk to you about trimming. 4. trimming: Okay, So that stuff on our finishing project is going to talk a little bit, um, about trimming. But before I do, I wanted to make sure you had a chance to look at the narrow curvy, quoting that I did on this piece. All of this was done with just a simple walking foot and just doing some gentle curves throughout this piece. These lines are about five stitches apart in wit, and I alternated whether or not I started going out or going in at the beginning of each of these rows. It's something that just takes some practice. But this is a very simple, very effective Kulti method if you're not comfortable yet with using your darning foot for free motion quilting, and he wants a little bit more stability with your walking foot. So in order to prep are quote peace for cool teen and buying or not quoting but for binding . We need to do so. Trim it. And I wanted to just kind of show you that in a piece like this, I tend to use my nice, um, long ruler and just kind of tried a trim up this piece trying to kind of get a feel for where we are. Um, And as you're trimming, just kind of want to move it along. You want Teoh Everything, Teoh be square so that your piece has that great finished look to it. So what? It just go around each of these edges, I find, um, some marks to follow and sometimes are some challenges in your piece. So I'm just gonna keep of working around the out side edge of this piece. Um, And then once I have this piece all trimmed up, then I'm going Teoh, lay it out with some binding and determined How many finding strips I need Take a cut. So hopefully this, uh, was giving you some ideas and tips for how to trim up your pieces of how to finish them so that they can go from tops sitting stacked somewhere, especially your smaller pieces to finished pieces you could use as gifts. Sir, in your own home, whatever you're desire is Teoh do with your finished quote pieces. And so with that, we're gonna be ready to start talking about finding in the next video 5. sewing on binding: Okay, we are going to talk a bit about binding. Um, one of the things that I do when I am prepping for some binding and if I can, I like to use a strip of fabric. That is what I call full width, which means it's not cut into a fat quarter or any other smaller piece. That's just my personal preference certainly can make binding. And I have done binding out of smaller pieces. Then the other thing I like to do is it Once I have cut, that is, I kind of lay my binding around the outside edge of my quote peace to determine how many pieces for this size of peace. I actually determined that I was gonna need three pieces. So I have gone ahead and sound them together. I like to join them out of 45. I clipped that scene and then I like to press it so that my wrong sides air together. My raw edges are matched On one end, I make a 45 degree cut, and so now I am going to begin sewing this on Once again. I use my so so engaged and market at 1/4 of an inch so that when I get close to the to a corner, I'll know where to stop. The other thing is I leave my tail loose like this, and I like to start towards the bottom of one of these one of my sides. So I know one of the trickier things can be how to do these corners. So I am than a vast egx. Um, I also like the feature online machine where I could put my needle down so that every time I stop, my needle goes down and that just helps my peace. Do not move around. Now, as I'm getting close to the end of this side have been a major 1/4 of an inch in. I'm gonna put a pin, and then as I get closer to that corner, I'm gonna do my back stitching, and then I'm going to raise my foot. I'm going to clip those threats and then so that you can kind of see, I'll try my best. We have this piece here. Now I'm going to turn it so that it comes folds up at a 45 degree angle, and then I use my thumb and lay that back over the top so that here is what you have and we're going to begin sewing right here on this wry edge. You can see the folded corner, and that is going to help you, um, make your corners turnout nice. When you go comes time to turning this around to the other side, I'm gonna lock it down again. And, um, then I'm gonna keep so we e think what I'll do is stop for here. I'm gonna finish going around the edge. And then, um, when I get back around to finishing this, I'm gonna have a couple of examples for you about some different options for finishing binding. I know joining binding strips is a very challenging heart of finding that maybe you'd like to have a few extra tips for, so I'll see you in a little bit 6. joining binding pieces: All right. So are binding has been sewn on all the way around. And now I'm to the part where I want to join these two pieces. And I thought maybe it would be a good idea for you to kind of see my process. One method that I do with smaller pieces would be just toe, um, fold this and in and then just slipped this other end inside that, and so it. But really, my preferred method on a larger piece is toe, actually. So the binding into one piece. So I'm gonna open out my strip here. I'm going to lay my other strip inside of that. Now, just keep in mind this is my method maxing a short in my strip because I don't like how far in that goes. This is This is just one of many methods some people are very good with majoring. In fact, I have us a really close friend who is excellent with doing that. But this is the method that works the best for me. OK, so I'm gonna lay my piece inside here, and then I am going to mark with a pen. I'm just gonna pin it alongside where the end of the one tail would fall on top of the longer piece. Then I'm going to pull and lay that piece out here. I'm going, Teoh, take my ruler and I'm going to follow the 45. I agree line. And then down on this lower section, I'm going to just simply Mark. And then what I like to do is take my so engaged that's marked at 1/4 of an inch and push that out 1/4 of an inch this way from the mark. I'm going to go ahead and trim off this extra piece and then just to kind of check and make sure Sorry, I do put pins in my enough. I then like to double check how much overlap there is. And for me personally, I have found that if it's a little bit tight, then I don't end up with a big, um, Tuck. Once I saw these together. So I'm gonna lay these right sides together, gonna pin this, and then I am going to go back to my sewing machine. I'm gonna so 1/4 of an inch here and then I'm going to open it up press it. And then I'm gonna finish sewing this, um, section of the binding down. Now, in the next video, we'll talk a little bit about Hansel ing. I also wanted to talk a little bit about if you wanted to machine so down your binding rather than hand signed. So I'm gonna discuss that a little bit also. 7. handsewing binding: this a little short video. I want to show you just a little bit about how I hand sew down my binding and then how I navigate around the corners. So I have started already with this hand sewing down. I use the seam that, um I so the minding on with as my guide and I go just a little outside of that and just do a very simple, um, hand stitch not very far apart, just kinda clipping the edge of the binding. And then that just leaves what I think to be a nice, um, looking binding edge that's not pulled real tightly. And then that way I can make sure that everything is even. And then as I get closer to a corner, I'm gonna kind of fold the corner the opposite way. That it was, um, folded on the front. You could probably pin the corners. I guess I've done it often enough that I don't do that. So I'm gonna take because the corner on the front where this is the top fold and this piece coming up the side is the under fold. I'm going to do just the opposite, so I'm going to fold it all the way out here to the very edge, and then bring this across in a 90 degree mango, and I just hold it with my finger that I'm sure you could pin it. Also, it's just kind of whatever you get used to doing. And so I'm going to come up here and I'm gonna make really short stitches going into this corner because I wanted the corner toe hold. Well, I don't want it to come undone. Hopefully, you can kind of see how I'm doing that. I might give it a couple of extra stitches here in the corner just to kind of hold it. And then, um, as I turned this piece, and then I'm gonna just continue hand sewing down this other side and continue doing that for the rest of the binding on this piece. And hopefully you're able to kind of see along with hearing verbally what my steps are. And, uh, I will. We're almost to the finish line. I hope you're staying with us and ready and excited to get your projects finished. 8. closing video: So we've reached the end of our class, and I hope that you have a beautiful can made quilted and bound piece that you're super excited about. I know I am. I hope that you've enjoyed this class. I hope that you've learned some fun techniques. It did also want to show you that I did do binding with a little different technique where I used my sewing machine to sew down the binding. It's not my favorite, but it's good in it to know. I also used the method of folding the edge of the one piece of binding and slipping the other end into it. And so I thought you might like to see that, too. I hope you've enjoyed this class, and I hope that you would give it a thumb's up positive review, and I look forward to seeing you in the next class.