Monday, October 8, 2018

Sleeves, sleeves, sleeves

Well, the quilts have been coming into the house from all of the owners.  It's been fun to see all of my old quilts again.  But...... I was very remiss in the old days about not signing all of my quilts (which I was SURE that I had always done).  And, as I found out earlier, I did not put sleeves on a lot of the quilts.

Needless to say, I have been sewing sleeves like a crazy woman.  I am using up all the muslin that I had previously purchased from Mood.  Maybe this is one of those serendipitous things that happen.  You do something, or buy something, then the real purpose pops up in your life sometime later.  Yippee!

The sleeves that I've been making are plain old muslin cut into 9" strips.  I sew the seam at 3/8".  I don't measure the quilt and then the sleeve.  I just place the long sleeve strip on the back of the quilt and trim it so that it's even with the outside edges.   Then I turn in 1/2" twice on each end; stitch those down; then press the sleeve so that there is 1/2" extra on the outside.  The last step is to slip stitch this to the back of the quilt; top and bottom and both sides of the sleeve.



I am so thankful that my small quilt group is helping me sew these sleeves onto the quilts.  I would be so backed up (and bored), if I had to stitch these on all by myself.

So, note to you all:  MAKE SURE TO PUT YOUR SIGNATURE OR LABEL ON YOUR QUILTS, AND EVEN IF YOU DON'T THINK YOUR QUILTS WILL BE DISPLAYED, ADD THE SLEEVE TOO.


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