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>> Sunday, March 13, 2011

I've held on to these Modern Meadow prints for a while now, but I finally took the plunge and cut into them. I have a box of fabric collections and combinations that I know I want to use but sequester to look at and pet but never cut set aside for the perfect project. It's a good feeling to use them, since they exist to be used, and I'm liking what I've come up with thus far (it's a belated wedding gift that I hope to finish, send, and share soon).

I'm also using this project as a chance to photograph and write up my machine-binding method. I know there are plenty of tutorials out there, but I also know there are people seeking options. Since I only machine-bind my quilts, I've experimented with a lot of different methods and have developed mine out of an assortment of tips and tricks shared by others. It only seems fair to spread the wealth.

A question for those who might use this tutorial: do you prefer a detailed blog post or a printable document? I can see benefits to both, and I'm debating the best way to do it. If you have preferences or experience with making and posting pdfs v. writing out a blog post, I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Anonymous March 14, 2011 at 9:23 AM  

If I'm sharing a pattern, I ALWAYS create a PDF because then I know it can be saved and printed easily. Most of the time I show a photo of the quilt and then link to the PDF. When I did a quilt along, however, I wrote the details in the blog post and created a separate PDF with the same information. I also have a page on my blog that contains all of the patterns, with links to the PDFs.

I use a free download called Bullzip to create my PDFs. It works from any program because it is set up as a printer. You click Print, select Bullzip as your printer, then "print" it as a PDF. It has the ability to append pages to existing PDFs, so if you create part of your instructions in one program and part in another, you can combine them into a single PDF.

Lisa March 14, 2011 at 9:53 AM  

PDF's do seem to be the easiest way to make a tutorial portable.

I am in love with Modern Meadow. I was finally able to purchase a few of the fabrics. I'm planning on using them to make some summer clothes for my little guy. I can't wait to see how you put these to use.

LT March 14, 2011 at 12:09 PM  

I would also vote for a pdf. This way we always have it and don't have to rely on a blog archive to still be present down the road.

Thanks so much! I've been machine binding the few quilts I've put together so far, and it'll be great to get some tips.

~Michelle~ March 14, 2011 at 3:37 PM  

PDF! I'm curious how you do it - I still haven't figured out a good way to machine bind that I'm happy with

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