Remember, if you have a method that works well, stick with it. There is no one right way to bind a quilt!
NOTE: I no longer bind quilts in exactly this manner. I was having too much trouble catching the binding in the seam using the method below.
I have made the following changes to how I bind quilts:
- 2-1/8" strips rather than 2-1/4".
- Attach binding to the back of the quilt using just over a 1/4" seam rather than attaching it to the front.
- Turn the binding to the front and sew it down there.
|1930s reproduction fabric table runner quilted and ready to bind.|
|Continue sewing all the strips together without cutting the thread. I reverse to lock the stitch in at the beginning and end of each seam. Then cut them apart between the sewn strips.|
|At the ironing board, fold strip in half exactly and press. When you come to a strip seam, trim the extra fabric 1/4" from the seam and press open. Continue pressing remaining strips.|
|One big pile - one long strip.|
|Turn the quilt. Raise the needle out of the quilt.|
|Edges all lined up and ready to sew again. Place the pressure foot at the edge and reverse to lock in the stitch. Continue stitching along the strip.|
|Continue sewing on the binding, stopping when you are 10" away from where you first began stitching on the binding.|
|Lay the two strip ends right sides together just as you did to join the strips in the beginning. Do not leave any overhang here, however; join them at the very ends of the strips. Carefully pin the two layers together.|
|Sew a diagonal seam from the corner of the top strip to the corner of the bottom strip.|
|Press the binding away from the quilt front.|
|Finished binding! The back looks just as nice as the front with no bumps and a straight seam, even on the back!|
Fabric: 1930s Reproduction Fabrics
Size: 14" x 72"
Batting: Warm and Natural Cotton
Quilting: Freehand meandering stipple
Binding: Double fold, 100% machine sewn
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