I elected to adjust the binding widths, to end up with a 2.25" wide binding, my preferred width. Here is what I've come up with. Thank you to Jean of All Points of the Compass for the suggestion to have it out before the Freefall QAL final parade of quilts on June 15. Which is just around the corner--like how?? There's a little update about that at the bottom of this tutorial.
All right. Let's do the binding. I used pictures of Harbinger of Spring, my version of Tish and David's first oh-so-pretty pattern available on Craftsy, still at a reduced price, to do this tutorial. You can see the pop of yellow just inside the perimeter of the quilt.
1. You need two colours, your main, (mine is the striped) and the flange, (mine is the yellow). The flange will be your pop of colour. Something that struck me as a bit odd is that your flange is cut wider than your main colour, but so it is. Cut the main 1.25" and the flange 1.5". Cut enough strips to go around the perimeter of your quilt plus about 10" extra for joining the ends. Join them as you would any binding, on a 45° angle, pressing the seams open or closed.
A note on pressing: I've done both; because of the 45° angle, the seams are evenly distributed across the binding edge, so it really doesn't matter, and I do tend to think pressing to one side is stronger. Some of my quilts are a little over 20 years old now, and the binding edge has started to fray; I've even had to repair some hand stitches on a couple of quilts, so they do wear... and that's a good thing! That means they're loved and used. Here there is a little extra bulk because of the joined strips of two colours, so I will usually press the seams open.
2. Now sew the two lengths together on the long long edge. Before starting to sew, read step 3!
3. Worth noting: try to avoid what you see below. Before starting to sew the binding strips together along the long edge, run them through your hands together to see if they will be a little more offset than you see mine here. Again, it will help to reduce bulk. Mine ended working fine; I was not ripping this out after sewing 180+ inches together!
4. Press the seams towards the main fabric. Having a quilt inspector for this step, along with that Steamfast little iron which I just love, keeps everything in line. (Affiiliate link there, but I would never steer you wrong on a great purchase.)
5. Then, align and press the raw edges together. This is what happens because of the different widths of each binding strip:
|A very narrow stripe of the flange colour will appear at the bottom. That is perfect. Look at the flange (all-yellow) side; all you see is yellow!|
I tend to align the binding a hair's width inside the edge of the quilt sandwich. This just allows that 'leetle' bit extra when folding it around to the front. Below you see what it looks like after you've finished piecing it to the quilt back.
Join the ends as you would your regular binding. Here is the final join. I'm getting pretty decent at nailing the alignment of the binding and the flange!
My own tutorial is here for getting a lovely 45° angle join of the two binding ends. One thing I've found with this technique is that it is pretty tricky getting the joined strips of binding to line up nicely but if you stab through the layers with a pin straight up and down, leaving the pin like a nail at that join, and then pin regularly through the layers on either side of the 'nail', you can get a pretty good alignment. This will make sense when you actually do the join.
7. Press the binding away from the quilt back, nice and flat, as you see below.
8. Then bring it around to the front of the quilt and press it flat again. You could glue it down; I've done both: glued and not glued. I prefer the glue method (Elmer's School Glue - it's non-toxic and washable) as it makes the stitching mindless. Stitch in the ditch between the flange (yellow) and the main (stripes) binding. I match the thread to the flange, so here I used yellow, with a white or cream in the bobbin.
It looks relatively neat but for the stitching line, on the back. However, once the quilt is washed, that pretty much melts into the quilt back.
You have one more week to finish up your quilts. Originally I thought the parade would be for finished quilts only, but you know what? Life happens to us all, and it certainly has been a-happenin' to me as you well know, over the past couple of months.
I have lots of prizes and I'd love for each one of you who has faithfully been quilting along, to be eligible for a prize. I know that life stuff, some good, some not so good, has happened to some of you over the past little bit, so a flimsy in my books is good enough for entry into the parade and draws.
Good. I thought so.
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