The Lowdown on Bias Binding

Individuals who aren’t acquainted with the methods of clothing design look at bias tapes as merely pieces of fabric that designers attach along the external edges of garments so it can have a completed appearance. Having said that, there is more to the creation of bias binding than it would seem.sewing with singer sewing machines

For one thing, just any strip of fabric won’t do. It has to be cut 45 degrees from the fabric’s fiber grain or else it won’t have the flexibility to do the job. Since bias tapes need to hug theedges they will be binding perfectly, without any ripples or wrinkles, it has to have elasticity to curve its way around arm, leg holes and hems. There are many ways to cut fabric needed for bias tapes and each tailor, designer and seamstress has their own preference and technique. While the process is easy to learn, mastering it is difficult and finding a technique you’re comfortable with takes time and experience.

The thing that makes bias tapes distinct from regular pieces of fabric is the creases it has. Bias tapes are flattened towards the middle so that the edges are neat and well secured. Producing a solitary crease on both edges of the fabric is known as single fold bias and it is regarded as the basic method of creating bias tapes.

Nevertheless, an increasing number of items of clothing now show the double fold bias, which basically signifies that the unfolded edge of the original crease is flattened in once more to secure the edge. The main reason for the expanding acceptance of this kind of bias fold is the fact that an increasing number of designers are making use of machines to create their bias tapes rather than producing their bias tapes manually.

Bias tapes are an essential component of clothing design. Bias tapes function as both the backbone and framework of not just clothes, but additionally totes and scarves created from cloth. Devoid of bias tapes, clothing would appear uneven and also would be lacking any style and creative subtleties.

Stacy Wallace loves to teach individuals how to sew. She uses the Simplicity Deluxe Bias Tape Maker to produce her bias tape and writes about sewing.

Kingman Quilters’ Guild 2014 Quilt of Valor Ceremony on November 15, 2014

The Quilt of Valor Ceremony was held on Saturday, November 15th at the Mohave Museum of Arts and History once again. Thirty two Mohave County veterans who served our nation valiantly and with personal sacrifice were honored this year. These quilts were humbly offered to our brave military personnel in the hope that the quilt would bring physical comfort, reminding the veterans of our “Thank You” for all that they have done to protect our nation’s freedom.

Quilt Show 2014
The Quilt Show for 2014 was a huge success for our guild. We thank everyone who helped, participated, attended, and a special thanks to this years’ vendors who put their faith in us that our show would be a success. And thanks for asking to return for our next show!!

January 28th – Klaudeen Hansen of AQS will be returning for the Whirl-A-Gig class. (See Udean to sign up.)
February 4th – Pandora’s Purse class – more info at the December meeting.
February 18th – Demo with Joan M – history of Civil War fabric & update from Stephanie D.
February 25th – Shirt/Apron with Mary T. from Bullhead – members $5 for the class – bring your own shirt and sewing supplies for the project.
March 18th – AZ Quilt Documentation Project – learn how to document a quilt (after the business meeting – one additional “project” meeting to do documentation will be scheduled – See Udean)

Comfort Quilts

Members are encouraged to make comfort quilts each year to be donated to local organizations. Here’s a list of the recipients of our comfort quilts and their preference of sizes:

Kingman Aid to Abused People (KAAP)
2701 E. Andy Devine Ave.
All sizes of quilts; twin bed, children’s and baby

Advice & Aid Pregnancy Center
2975 Northern Ave.
Baby and infant quilts

1790 Sycamore St. Ste 5
Lap quilts preferred

Angel Manor
Adult and children size quilts (women and children only)

Mohave Victim/Witness at 9AM Program
All size quilts

Here are the sizes for these quilts:
Adults/Teens 60″ x 90″ – twin or larger
Kids/Toddlers/Lap 42″ x 45″
Newborn 36″ x 36″
Comfort quilts may be donated at any time during the year and are generally donated at the monthly business meeting. All sizes are needed.

Members may designate a specific charity, if they choose.

As always, free batting is given to members for any comfort quilt. And all comfort quilts must have a label, which can be anything from a custom designed label to using an indelible marker on the back of the quilt denoting “Made with Love by Kingman Quilters Guild” and possibly a (yyyy) year designation.

2014 Comfort Quilt Chair is Carol F. While she’s traveling in the summer, please deliver completed comfort quilts to Sally C.

Duffle Bags

Our members were asked in 2013 to make and donate duffle bags to a local organization, CASA, to ensure that kids who enter the system have a means by which to carry their personal items with them.

In 2013 our members participated in a workshop during a Wednesday Bee and produced a total of 18 bags with other members donating bags as they were completed.