Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Quilt binding - getting in a bind and getting out of it too

I really really wanted to bind that Japanese Kid's quilt in red, but I had a billion small pieces of red fabrics, and none of them had enough to make it around the outside by themselves.

How much binding does one need? Well, take all the sides of your quilt, add them up, and add 10 inches (or 25.4cm to be exact). That should buy you enough binding to get around the whole quilt.

So my nutty solution was to take 1 cut piece of each of the reds (2.5 inches wide), so the quilt has these 6 or so funky binding colors that travel around it.

Playful solution, but it got the quilt done on time for it to already have been enjoyed at nap time earlier today. Our son was super proud of it, and showed it to his favorite teacher as soon as he got to school.

I was catching up on my blog reading and this post by Oiyi almost laughed me out of my office chair. She made a katamari ball that not only looks like the one from the video game, but it actually works just like the game by being magnetic and picking up anything in it's path.

Wow, this was a bright spot in my day. Bravo Oiyi!! This is so rockin! I want to be cool enough to make one too!


Kates said...

Oh my GOD I want that Katamari ball SO BAD. Fantastic.

And I'm actually already in San Jose! I came down today, but I'll be spending the majority of the summer in San Carlos (I got the job via a phone interview, haha). However, I would love to grab lunch! Let me make sure that Sunday works and I will definitely give you a call a little later in the week, okay?

Love you!! =]

Natalie said...

I saw it too. Too awesome. And now I have the tune bouncing around in my head!

Oiyi said...

Hahaha...I am glad that you like the Katamari Ball. I made the first one for my friend's birthday in Feb and it was brutal on the hands. You have to use a small hook with worsted weight yarn to make the sphere. When the actual ball is finished, it is pretty cool.