|Basket Block of Eggleston Quilt|
This weekend I finally had an opportunity to start my version of this block. Since the block requires about 40 inches of one quarter inch bias, I decided to snap a few photos of how I choose to make and apply bias in order to share my technique with my blog readers. There are dozens of ways to make bias and lots of gadgets. What I am sharing with you is the method I enjoy because it's totally portable - no iron, no sewing machine, and no gadgets. I can make bias anywhere that I can set up to hand stitch.
To make 1/4" bias I use 3/4" masking tape as a "guide" to cut strips of fabric with my scissors. Or, when cutting fabric for projects and I see fabric that is a good candidate for bias strips, I will use a rotary cutter and mat to cut and assortment of strips ranging from 1/2 " to 1" and then put them away for later use.
I fold the strip of bias into thirds in my hands and baste the fold. The basting process goes very quickly and I was able to make all the bias needed for my basket in about 20 minutes while sitting in the living room with my husband watching TV.
Yes I know I can make this same bias in a fraction of the time using my sewing machine and iron. However, I chose to do as much sewing as possible by hand and in the company of my family. For me it's relaxing and I love how soft and pliable the bias turns out.
I then baste on that pencil line from the back. The basting line shows on the front and marks where the strip needs to go. Again, yes, I know I can do this a lot faster using light box or an overlay or ... This is how I chose to do it. It's like zen stitching... just me and the fabric and a needle and a length of thread.
Until next time,
Best stitches from Mercy in sunny Miami