I like making bias to use for my double fold binding for my quilts. A bias binding, especially double fold, is absolutely the most durable edge treatment you can put on a quilt.
I have a tutorial on how to easily make yards and yards of bias, all neatly diagonally seamed, in one continuous strip. It's just amazing how convenient this technique is. I sure didn't invent it but happily pass my tutorial along to the sewing community. (and just FYI, that last seam? where you join the two tails of your binding? I have a SUPER easy tutorial to get it correct every doggone time! That seam will be FLAT and indistinguishable from any other seam in the binding. I grin to myself every time ... it's just that clever. :-) )
However, this blog entry is not about my tutorials ... although they *are* awesome. :-)
THIS entry is about the bias I've made. Because it's just so danged easy to make bias (with my tutorial!), I always make my own bias, whether for binding or for piping or inserts or whatever. Generally speaking, I end up making more bias than I need .. which is better than not having enough. All of the leftover bias gets rolled up and put in to a cubby. I have vague ideas of using it for Celtic knotwork, applique designs, crazy quilts, anything and everything.
But have I actually gone back and USED any of it? Rarely. Those rolls of bias sure do look pretty, though. :-)
Well, one of my quilting associates mentioned that she is facing the arduous task of making bias to finish off her charity quilts. I had a Light Bulb Moment ™! If she wanted them, I could send her my 2-1/4" & 2" bias for her charity quilts! She does, so I am. I'm happy they are finally going to be used up.
I know realize that I am never, *never*, NEVER going to get around and use all this bias. It's just not going to happen. So .... I would like to give them away to someone who actually has a use for them.
This pile is mostly custom-made bias by me. Some of it is still flat. Some has already been folded and pressed in half lengthwise, so it's ready for being used as double-fold binding. There's even some "vintage" store-bought bias, purchased before I knew how to make my own.
What can you use it for? Well .. *really* narrow quilt binding for one. Make bias tubes for Celtic knotwork or applique work. Accents for quilt blocks. Use your imagination.
If you would like a chance at winning this collection of 1-1/2" wide bias, leave a comment. I'll pick a winner on Monday morning, January 24th.
Any takers? :-)