Hello my friends!
So sorry for getting off track with the quilt along. There is definitely something wrong with my head, I've had these incredible headaches going on for four weeks - ridiculous! I've had tests, I'm changing my diet-giving up diet coke :-(, now to await the results. I know Julie was so sweet to share her binding tutorial, and many of you are finished with your quilts already - awesome work by way! I thought I would share some of my thoughts on binding, what I do, and what works for me.
First of all, I like a really really narrow binding - I cut all my binding 2" wide. Does anyone else cut it this narrow? The biggest reason is that I like the look, it looks like a thin frame to me. A second reason is that I often do not add a border, so using a narrow binding, attached with the 1/4 presser foot doesn't take away anything from the outer blocks - nothing gets cut off. Otherwise, I think I bind like the rest of the quilting world, nothing exceptional there. What is different (I believe) is how I join my ends, I will share that with you!
I've tried every trick under the sun for joining my binding ends, I wasn't happy with any of them. I bought the Fons & Porter tool but my dyslexic brain couldn't wrap around how to overlap the end pieces - not to save my life could I get it. If it works for you, more power to you, but in desperation I came up with my own method. I hope this makes sense!
- When starting your binding, begin to attach the binding to the quilt near a center on any side - it doesn't matter which side, leave an approximate 8" tail.
- Sew all the way around, as usual
- When you get back to the beginning, stop sewing about 7" from where you began, leave another approximate 8" tail.
- Cut all the necessary threads
- Move your quilt from your sewing machine to your ironing surface
- Lay the unfinished binding area flat on your ironing surface
- Bring the beginning and end strips together
- Fold them back on themselves, so they are touching...see photo
- Press hard, hard, hard...you really need to be able to see the creases
Move the quilt back to your work surface
- Open up the creased binding from the beginning and end tails
- With right sides together, line up the creases from both tails, and place a pin in to secure
Carefully place the strips under your presser foot, and stitch the length of the crease. Reinforce at the beginning and end of the strip.
Trim 1/4" from the joined seam
Press the seam allowance flat or open, your preference
Stitch down the remaining binding, and now you are ready to bind!
Look how neat that is, no bumps, no bulk, just another seam.
- FYI - this process is a whole lot easier with a little quilt like this, than something massive; but it doesn't matter, it's the only method I use.
- Bind away...by hand or machine
- Add a label
Are you a hand or machine binder? I used to bind strictly by hand, until I got in the biz, and there were just too many quilts to be bound. I love hand binding, there is something very soothing about the process, but it isn't a speed sport. It reminds me of nursing a baby, slow down and enjoy the process, no one is going anywhere, very fast.
Thank you again for joining me on this quilt along! I've got a special present for 12 lucky folks...check back on Tuesday, and I'll tell you all about it...tease, I know :-)
If you would like your quilt to be featured in a show & tell, send me images of your quilt to humblequilt at yahoo dot com, and we will take a minute to show everyone what we've been up to. Be sure and send your blog link so folks can come visit you, if you like.
P.S. Cool fabric on my ironing board, it's not my ironing cover, it's a project I'm working on, and I was too lazy to find a flat surface to put it on.