This is all about binding.
I'm documenting this mostly for a friend
who asked the favor.....
And for anyone else who wants to know
the ins and outs of how I make a continuous binding.
I've seen other tutorials on this...
but they were slightly different than my way.
I guess I'm adding my TWO cents
to the blogosphere.
I begin with a 2 1/2" strip
usually cut selvage to selvage
Pieced the length I need and pressed in half.
I'm going to do a fancy scalloped edge!
If that's the case, I cut the strips on the bias
so they will easily curve as I sew.
I begin attaching the binding in the middle of the side of the quilt
Leaving a nice long tail.....10" or so.
Looks like I was in a hurry here and didn't put the walking foot on.
I'm attaching the binding to the FRONT of this quilt
because I'm going to turn it over and
HAND stitch it to the back.
Often times I attach the binding to the BACK
and then roll it over to the front,
top stitching it down with my machine...
especially quilts that I donate.
Here's the corner.
STOP about 1/4" before you get there
make a little diagonal stitch to corner.
Did you notice my binding is not RIGHT next to the edge?
I kind of like having that extra filling there in the binding.
Fold down....right there on the corner.
Begin stitching again.....
Only 3 more corners to go!
When you get close the end....
You should have two tails.
10" or so long.
Trim the left side of the binding
working in the middle of your unsewn section.
Fold the right side of the binding back.
You should have an EDGE (on the left)
meeting a FOLD (on the right).
2 1/2" from the fold
and draw a line....
Your binding should now be EXACTLY
2 1/2" longer than the measurements of your quilt.
What if you cut your binding 2 3/4" instead of 2 1/2"???
You would cut the binding
2 3/4" Longer.
This is why you have LONG tails.
We need some room to WORK. ;)
These are the ends of your binding.
Put them right sides together at a right angle....
making sure it's not twisted!
Draw a diagonal line.
Sew and trim.
Before you trim....check that you did it right!
Pin and finish sewing your binding on!!!!
No one will ever know
where you began....
where you ended!!!
They will just know that you loved them....
Because you made them a quilt!!!