This is the second day of the Back-to-School Blog Hop organized by Quilting Gallery’s very own Mishka.  You can see the entire list of participants by going here.

Blog Hop Party

Whether you are in school or out of school, you can still learn new things.  Today, thanks to Doris from made by a brunette, I think I’ve learned how to make a photo mosaic.  If I did learn you will be able to see it. Below you should  be able to see all the items in my give-away. ( I think I managed to get  one in upside down, though)

The way it works is you leave me a comment telling me which of the patterns I’m displaying YOU would like to win.   It’s a simple as that.  If you are a Follower of mine, old or just signing up, leave me a second comment for a second chance to win.

1.  Doily Wear by Ozark Crafts  (sweatshirt decoration)

2.  In Grandma’s Garden by The Scrapbaggers (paper piecing)

3.  United We Stand  by Talented Friends (13″x16″ table topper)

4.  Log Cabin Hearts by Country Threads (6 designs)

5.  “No Sweat” Checkerboard Shirt by Blue Ribbon Patterns

6.  Hairballs by Tigue Productions, Inc. (2 free-standing kitty decorations (6 1/2″ x 8″)

7.  God Bless America by Plum Creek Collectibles (15″x26″ wall quilt and angel pin)

8. Field of Flowers by Four Corners (beginner and beyond wall-hanging)

9.  Cardinal Counted Cross Stitch Kit by Bucilla  (2″x3″)

10.  Frosty by Tattered Treasures (12″ snowman decoration)

The winner will receive the pattern of his/her choice and I’ll choose which other ones will be included.  I’ve decided it will be two winners and I will ship Internationally.   That means 5, FIVE, patterns and a couple of extras I’m not telling about.  These may be brand-new (as in never opened) or they may be used (as in I’ve already cut out the pattern pieces for you!)  They are patterns I’ve had for a while and I would guess many of them are no longer found on the store shelves.  As one of my readers said so eloquently.  “As a new quilter, I like to see older patterns.”   True enough as said.  Drawings will be done and announced on Sept. 4th after the Blog Hop ends.

Now to the business at hand.  I promised to show you how I finished off my Popsicles Snack Mat without borders or binding.

I did one of these for the Bowls with Borders Blog Hop.  You’ll find it here.

Here’s the Popsicles as I finished the front.  I decided the triple edging would bring the snack mat closer to the desired size which finished out about 10×13″.

Next I cut out a piece of fleece that has the fusible on one side.  It’s not necessary to use the fusible but that’s what I had on hand and I wanted to make this without purchasing any new items.

Then I cut out a piece of the backing fabric about 4″ longer than the Popsicles top and about 1″ wider on each side.  Do not trim these to size yet!

Take the backing fabric by itself and cut across the fabric approximately 1/3 of the way down the fabric from side to side.  Apparently the photo for this step is missing but you will end up with two pieces of backing 1/3 of the length and 2/3 of the length.  You will take these two pieces and put them right sides together.

Starting in the middle, stitch the two pieces together to one edge.

Now, leaving a 3″ section unstitched, sew the other side together.

Here is what it will look like when you stitched it as described above.

Look right in the middle of this photo and you will see some hearts not quite matching and you should be able to see the slit that’s left open after sewing the two edges.

Layer the backing face down, then the front and the batting on top.  It doesn’t matter where your slit ends up as long as it is somewhere on the interior area of the backing so it will be there when the layers are stitched together.

Stitch the three layers together, all four sides.  Do not leave an opening on one side as is customarily in this type of step.

Trim the rectangle, leaving 1/4″ seam allowance.

Trim the four corners as well.

Turn over the piece and locate the slit.  Pull the project through the slit, pulling right side out.

Poke all the edges out as far as they will go.  A little tugging usually brings them into order.  Press the piece lightly.

I whip-stitch the slit closed, though it may not be necessary.  Your all-over quilting will cover it but I like to whip-stitch so I don’t have to worry about it catching or turning out.

Now it’s ready to quilt.  You will quilt all the way to the edge, but I suggest starting in the middle of the project so that you don’t get pockets that should have been flattened more to the outside.

I stitched around the popsicles first and then did a bit of FMQ for the rest.  I decided to try the FMQ design suggested by Quiltmaker on the pattern page.

I thought the design was really cute so I thought I’d give it a try.  Continuous designs are always preferred as they leave fewer threads on the back of the project.  I did the spiral around the popsicles and then when I got to the stripes I decided to go back and forth along the stripes.  I did two rows of the FMQ on the stripes.

I hope this borderless, bindingless tutorial was helpful.  I would suggest that this type of finish be reserved for mug rugs, snack mats, art quilts and other small quilts.  I wouldn’t recommend it for a larger quilt as it could be difficult to press the edges out well.

Thanks again to all my Followers, and those of you visiting through the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop.  I hope to see you all here again for the next post.

Happy Stitching,

Marsha, QuilterinMotion