Thursday, 16 May 2013

The Poppy Finale

If you saw the post about making the poppy quilt here then you will know what I am talking about.
I had a bit of a sharp learning curve with bias binding and mitred corners... which actually sounds as if I was a success at both but in reality I sort of winged it!  But, not being the type of person that will allow lack of skill on my part to stop me from doing something I persevered!!
I decided that the big pillow with the large bow would look better with the black edging like the quilt, so I had another go at the bias binding and edged the poppy material and it was a success!
 I found out two things with regard to bias binding, the first is that you should sew your strips of bias together before you iron them in half... it saves a heap of grief if your brain is totally incapable of figuring out what direction something is going to go when you join them with that slanted sewing seam, the second is that no matter how much bias binding your brain says you will need by measuring and adding all the sides up... do an extra strip, because if you run out two inches from the end it is really not funny.   Of course, I didn't actually have to mitre any corners for the bow but it did give me the boost I needed to try them once more.
Ta da!  I had a spare bit of poppy material so thought I would make a place mat for the bedside table And yes the mitred corners are more mitred rounders... but I am getting better!! LOL
Voila!  The guest bed is all dressed up and ready, complete with cats! ;)


  1. WOW! It looks stunning! I have tried my hand at sewing and know all about using bias binding, never been brave enough to make my own though! Have always bought it ready made. I however HATE sewing and only do it if my life depends on it! Well done to you and lucky guests who sleep there!

  2. What a lovely looking guest room, your quilt is fabulous and how brave to tackle corners with bias binding, but it does add that lovely finishing touch xx

  3. I love the finished effect of it all Annette. I think you really have caught the quilting bug now and the rest of the house will be filled with it next :-)
    A x
    ps don't forget to send me your address and sewing need list.

  4. Looks gorgeous and I see the cats approve!

  5. What it needs now is a throw to protect the poppy quilt from the cat hairs...... Is that a step too far?

    It is beautiful, I would be so proud of achieving that. I have been sewing and quilting for around 50 years now and the only way to improve is to keep doing it. You have talent so do keep on.

  6. wow that looks amazing! well done you, I don't think I'd be brave enough to make my own bias binding, I'd be off to the shop to spend the money I don't have lol. x

  7. Beautifully done, looks great. Am booking my tickets as we speak lol...

  8. It's wonderful!!! A perfect set, for a perfect guest room...with cats included, lol! :D

  9. Again, this just goes to show why YOU are the seamstress.

    From the wide shot, I see not only do you have the perfect guest area for me to stay (grin), you also have AC, which is needed far more than a heater.

    Leave it to you to decorate every part of this side of the room, including the night stand (what I call your bedside table).

    Next you'll be making little bias taped poppy cat collars to match!!

  10. Oh Em Gee! That is fabulous and made even more fabulous by the fact that it features poppies. Just love how you have done that pillow/cushion.
    Any tips on bias binding sewing? I tried not long ago and ended up taking it off.
    Hugs, Neet x

  11. This is gorgeous ~ what lucky guests you have :) Congratulations for making something this beautiful x


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