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  1. I too have often successfully used iron-on tape (probably the steam-a-seam2 the dixiqwv mentioned). I sew the first side of the binding and then iron the second side in place. After I finish I do a decorative stitch that is centered over the edge of the binding. I use this technique on lap quilts that I give away to nursing homes. Since the tape isn\'t completely up to the edge of the binding I don\'t know how it would do over time by itself. I do not wash these quilts before I give them away, so I\'m not sure how I feel about the glue technique...
  2. I'm moving books today & found Pink Ribbon Quilts that has what you want on the cover. By Mimi Dietrich. This paper-pieced blocks alternate w/ a 9-patch. Another has an appliqued ribbon on it. Look up the book on-line and if you want it send me your address and its yours. janet
  3. I think the correct size depends on the size of the person and thus the width of the wheelchair. Wheelchairs for soldiers are bigger and wider. My mom is 98 and about 120 lbs and she wants her lap quilts for her wheelchair to be no wider than 30" because otherwise they are constantly getting in the wheels. For her, about 30 x 45 is just right. I love the idea of pockets with zippers. And one lady suggested to me that the bottom have a flap/pocket so they can put their feet in to keep warm. Each one has to fit the situation and the person. I've learned that the softer batting drapes better; some of the polyester batting is too stiff.
  4. I bought one that is really just thin super-wide polyester batting that's sprayed with adhesive. I can't remember the brand. It's gotten mixed reviews. Mine sticks well to the rough painted wall but the side for the fabric doesn't hold well, so periodically I just spray it with adhesive and it's good as new. If I have a really big heavy piece, I add a pin. I like that I can take it down and fold it up. I'm sure you could make your own with batting.
  5. Is this fabric that's currently available? I absolutely adore it and just learned of a new baby in the family....
  6. I've had a Bernina 440QE for a little over a year now, and it has transformed my sewing/quilting. (Prior to this I had a Featherweight and an early electronic Singer.) Not only is the stitch quality from my 440QE absolutely perfect but the little conveniences that are built into it make sewing a joy. I have the BSR (came free with it) and I use it frequently. Recently I added the embroidery module but haven't had time to use it yet. I use my machine for both quilting and sewing clothes. I will forever be a Bernina fan and evangelist.
  7. I am seriously considering making and selling lap quilts for nursing home residents. I believe the colors and styles aren't as restrictive as for baby quilts and I believe that if I work at it I can market them to relatives who want a gift for someone in a wheelchair. I'd like to do some for men with more nature themes... and I've already done some with flowers etc (I've posted pics elsewhere a week or so ago). I can make one in a few days and it is a wonderful way for me to try out patterns, techniques, new battings, etc. Another idea might be to make table runners and/or placemats. I see some nice ones at Wms Sonoma and I am thinking of making them with various themes....fall colors, some for Mexican food, some Easter/spring, etc. I have a VERY long table so I'm thinking of making shorter runners that will go across the table for two place settings rather than down the middle.
  8. I love everything I see. Could you post a photo of the whole quilt? I have quilt envy, I think....
  9. In my earlier post I mistakenly identified the book from which the design that I modified for my lap quilt as "East Meets West," when in fact it is Komiko Sudo's fabulous "East Quilts West." This book is out of print but available online (try It inspires me more than any quilt book I've owned (except for perhaps the ones on Gee's Bend quilts...). You will not only be inspired with designs, but also colors. I give this book 10 stars!
  10. The quilt store said that by making it like a pillowcase it would be faster, easier, and cheaper (no binding to make or buy). I personally think it looks TOO cheap. I don't make my own binding for these lap quilts. Generally I can find commercial binding that's the right color. I know they won't get the heavy use that an heirloom quilt would get over the years so the binding doesn't have to be double at the very edge. in the process of doing these bindings entirely by machine, I've learned a lot about mitering the corners, lining up the edges, etc. Now I can do them almost perfectly the first time with no ripping. I use some of the wider decorative stitches on my Bernina to do the final stitching on the top edge of the binding. Normally I can find something that matches the spirit of the quilt...leaves, etc. One of my problems now is that the nursing home my Mom is in doesn't really want any more. They say they have all they need from the Salvation Army but I know these are just fleece lap quilts. So I'm going to go to a nearby local nursing home and see them. Twice I made them to order for residents, and then had them change their mind before I got it finished. So now I make what I think someone will like.
  11. I should have added that the photo I attached to my first message was done as a nap quilt so it's much larger. Here's my mom with her smaller birthday lap quilt. Even this one was a little too large. The more I made, the smaller the dimensions got. She finally persuaded me that too wide is oh too bad!
  12. How about lap quilts for people in nursing homes or in wheelchairs? I started making a couple for my mom and after I got her well stocked, I kept on and made a few for other residents. I found it liberating to not worry about how they would be judged. It gave me the freedom to try new ideas without a huge expenditure of fabric or time. And I was normally able to make one from my current stash unless I got too tempted by new fabrics. Although I started out making them slightly bigger, the optimum size seems to be about 24 x 30. The 24" goes across the lap and doesn't get caught in the wheels, and the 30 is the length. These measurements can change with the size of the person. One lady had leg braces and liked having one that would cover those. Although I haven't made one designed for a man yet, I intend to. My Bernina shop encouraged me to make them like a pillowcase, but I put binding on, but I did it all by machine. I stitched over the top edge of the binding with a wide decorative stitch such as a vine of leaves. Knowing that these will go through a laundry with no special care I tried to make sure nothing would come undone. Sometimes I took a portion of a design I liked and modified it to make a smaller quilt. But more often I just did something simple that came to me.
  13. Is this the pattern you're after?
  14. Can anyone suggest to me where I can expect to find Popular Patchwork in stores/newstands in Northern California. I tried Borders. No luck. I am DETERMINED to get a copy of this pattern! Is it available at JoAnn's or must I go to a quilt shop?
  15. Has any seen this Feb issue on the newstands here in the US yet? I see that it's published in the UK. I haven't seen this magazine before and wonder if I'll need to go to a large store such as Barnes and Noble to find it...