When I did the binding on Uncle Frank's quilt I took pictures at each step of the process in the hopes that this will be it. Clear! Almost everyone, lol, said the binding tutorial on Auntie Joyce's quilt was really good. I do think that UF's binding fabric is easier to see right and wrong side of fabric, and I broke the joining the ends part down even further here (so there are a TON of photos). However, if you are new to binding, new to joining the ends in this fashion, or new to using the glue and pressing, this is one of those things that you must DO at the same time as you read through the tutorial. When I was first taught this joining method many years ago, I wrote down the instructions as the teacher showed another student (she'd already showed me) so that I could refer back to it, which I did, for many many quilts. It's not every day you bind a quilt, right? Eventually it will become second nature to you I promise.
|Notice the length of each tail of binding; there is a LOT. I've left a good 11" of each tail and I have about 18" open on the quilt. The pin is to show you that is the beginning tail end.|
|Overlap the end binding tail on top of the beginning. Note that pin.|
|Overlap the ends by the width of your binding; mine is 2 1/4". Make a chalk mark at that 2 1/4" point on the end binding tail.|
|Either cut with scissors or use your 5X7 Olfa mat between the two bindings so only the top layer that you wish to cut rests on the mat, and cut on the chalk mark.|
|This is what you will have.|
|Orient the two tail ends as shown, end binding tail right side up and open, beginning binding tail also open but wrong side up.|
|Either pin as shown here, or....|
That ends the Joining the Binding Ends Tutorial. Now follows Finishing Sewing Down the Binding. You can do it, as I prefer to, by hand, but stitching it down by machine is just so fast, and durable, that I'm doing more and more this way.
I prefer applying my binding to the front of the quilt and stitching in the ditch on the front, catching the folded edge on the back with my stitching. You can do it in reverse, applying the binding to the back, and topstitching it down on the front. It's a personal preference.
|Press the binding away from the quilt top|
|Fold it and press it again to the back of the quilt. Let's take a closer look at mitres on the corners.|
|Stitch in the ditch from the front of the quilt using your walking foot.|
|Here you can see what the back is looking like, nicely caught by the ditch stitching. You can also see how hand-sewn-down the front looks since the stitching disappears in that ditch.|
AND!!!!! Desire to Inspire Challenge Update!
The Henry Glass Fabrics fabric arrived at my daughter's house on the Michigan side of the Detroit River yesterday afternoon. MacGyver hopped in the SUV and went over for a visit once she was home from work, and then brought it to our house on the Ontario side last night! I waited until the sun was up this morning to take the photos to show you:
|Fabric inspector, photo bomber, and quilt tester Bella takes a sniff|
|Lush colours, no?! Those are fat quarters of woven plaids and two twill weaves!|
Remember my pattern is on sale until this weekend! Just $5 will get you a copy here on Craftsy in my pattern store. You can also be taken there through the My Pattern Store button on my sidebar. :-) After this weekend it will be $7.
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