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Sunday, August 25, 2013

DWM: blackbird bordered, and bias

I am not a gadget person. I have splurged, sometimes, and have kicked myself for spending money on something I don't use.  At her workshop last week, Pat Sloan showed us how to use the Clover Bias Tape Maker.   I'm converted!

It is really easy to use!     Here is the gizmo propped up -- see the "tunnel" between the yellow and the metal?  You push the end of the bias strip through the tunnel and out it comes!  Be ready with spray starch and a hot iron to press the folds into place. 

I nearly cut up a yard of fabric into bias strips so that I could practice, but I restrained myself.

Instead, I cut up enough of this lime green to make the bias vines for Blackbird, Hello -- the wallhanging that was our workshop practice piece.  And here is the flimsy!  It's 40 x 40 and I estimate that it used 1-3/4 yards of fabric.  

See what other quiltmakers are working on this Design Wall Monday at Judy's Patchwork Times.


  1. I have two and I use them more than you'd think for trim (for example making a contrast stripe down the centre of bag handles). I lost the instructions straight away, I wish that I'd scratched the size of fabric to use on the side of each one.

  2. I haven't tried those yet, but may have to look into purchasing one. Love your practice piece. It is so much fun!

  3. Sweet and fun! I love the color combination. Thanks for sharing.

    Melanie in IA

  4. What fun, a Pat Sloan workshop. I have a full set of these tape makers and have used each one, several times, for different projects. I really like your workshop project, very bright and cheerful.

  5. I love those bias tape makers, I have a couple different sizes. Love your blackbird project, great bright colors!

  6. Great looking wall hanging. Nd, wow, at least the top looks finished. what a novel idea.


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