The first seemingly tricky part is turning the corner to get a nice mitre. First stitch to within 1/4" from the next edge. I have wonderful lines on my walking foot to help me stop at the correct spot. I like to sew off the edge at a 45-degree angle. I don't backstitch or break threads; once you stitch down the next side you will cross over your stitching, so that effectively locks it.
|I don't usually pull the threads out this far! It was just to get a good photo.|
|Try to get it so the raw edges all run straight; ahem, mine are going off at a bit of a slant!|
Here you can see what it looks like after you've sewed down that next side.
and flipping it to the back so you see how the rather odd-looking corner turns into this little beauty.
All this is well and good and I had it down easy on my first quilt. Having the final ends finished nicely did not get done very well until several years later when I took a sewing machine cover class at my LQS. That instructor taught us how to do the clean method I have used ever since. You end up with a mitred end that looks exactly like all your joined and mitred binding strips.
Lay the just-finished sewing end of binding on top of the 6-8" tail you left when you first started sewing. Overlap the ends by the same width as your binding. In my case, it's 2 1/4". Because it is hard to see in the photo, I dropped a pin to mark the original cut at 90-degree angle binding edge.
Draw a line with a chalk marker a hair's breadth less than 2 1/4"; this makes for a snug final fit. I sometimes use scissors to cut that chalk-marked line, but I usually use a little 6X8 Olfa mat between the edge needing to be cut and the rest of the quilt and cut with a rotary cutter for a nice crisp edge.
I usually just align the two cut ends as I do for joining the binding strips, but for this little tutorial, I marked the 45-degree with a ruler and my trusty Pentel fabric gel pen. Thus, you can see how you are going to align these two ends...
I tried to show here how the just-cut binding stays horizontal, and the beginning end of the binding lies on top of and perpendicular to it.
Presto! Again, you cannot see the seam very well, which is a great thing in real life, but not for this tutorial purposes, so I drew an arrow on the photo to help you find that seam. Isn't that slick? I do have another full tutorial on this under the Tips and Tutorials tab as well.
Quilt Paradigm sent me to Sharon Schamber's terrific binding tutorial using GLUE!! Yes!!! Try it, and be a convert like I am! There are a couple parts to it, all worth watching.
Also, Tish of Tish's Adventures in Wonderland showed me another fantastic binding method which I have used twice now (didn't even think to use it on this quilt, duh!). It is by Aunt Marti, and called Susie's Magic Binding. Here is the video. I personally found the blog version better. She and I are going to have a conversation about the final step of applying binding. I'm hoping she can provide some insight into a better machine-stitched down version.
Speaking of Tish! Her adorable husband, David, is busy building (a more manly verb for piecing) Blue Skies but in a rectangle like Sunny Days:
|Photo courtesy of Tish; he's so intense!|
I am pinching myself to think that someone is making a pattern I designed! Hope to release it this weekend! Wiggle wiggle happy dance fist punch the air, say, "Yeah, baby!" And if Brady is around, he'll either laugh, or most likely, as he does when his mother dances, roll his eyes and go, "Oh MAN! Nanaaaa! Stop!"
Speaking of original designs and independent designers, I still have another May is for Makers post in the works. Stay tuned all you wonderful wimmin' (my friend Linda's joyful turn of phrase) and men!