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This is a 3-6-9 quilt.  For this one I used 18 different FAT QUARTERS from 2 collections:  CHARMS from Benartex and PATTERNS OF HISTORY from Moda.  I had it machine-quilted using the old-fashioned cotton batting.  Once washed and dried it already looks cuddly, soft and slightly vintage.  This is one of my favorite "fast" quilts to make! 

To finish it quickly, I use a neat technique for applying the binding totally by machine.  I cut my bias binding, then stitch wide RIC-RAC to the center.  Then I fold the bias on this new stitching line, apply the bias to the back of the quilt, wrap to the front and stitch by machine "in-the-ditch" between the ric-rac and binding.  Adds just a nice little touch to the quilt.  Very fast and my quilt is very done!  Yea!

You can see more details and information for ordering a kit here:

3-6-9 Peach Charms Quilt kit including fabrics and pattern.


Details with pictures for applying RIC-RAC BINDING:

First you must decide how wide to cut the bias.  I always make a test piece to wrap around the fabric and batting that I've used in my quilt.  For this application I usually want my binding to show a little bit more and so cut it wider than I usually use.

Try starting with a 3" wide bias strip and see if you like the look.  

Measure your ric-rac.  In my example it is 1/2" wide.  

Find the center of your bias:  3" divided by 2 = 1-1/2 inches

Mark a line where the edge of the ric-rac, when stitched down the center, to the center of the bias, will hit.  In my example: center of bias = 1-1/2" minus half of ric-rac = 1/4", so I draw a line 1-1/4" from the edge of the bias.  I find this actually saves time over just "eye-balling".  The curves in the ric-rac can be very distracting when trying to sew a straight line!


After stitching down the center of the ric-rac, press bias in half, along stitching line.  Ric-rac will extend beyond bias.  

Lay the side of the bias that does not have the drawn line next to the back side of the quilt, keeping all raw edges even.  Stitch using a generous 3/8" seam allowance (for our example of 1/2" ric-rac sewn to a 3" wide bias).


Wrap bias to the front of the quilt.  The folded edge of the bias should meet or go just beyond the stitching line.  

Stitch-in-the-ditch between the ric-rac and the bias to secure the trimmed bias to the quilt!  

You are done!


Check out the STRIP TICKET laminated guide to continuous bias.




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