Fifth time’s the charm…

I mentioned that I wanted to make a reversible, two-fabric binding for my current project.  I had a couple handouts and there are myriad tutorials on-line, but I wanted my binding to be 1/4-inch on each side.  Well, in order to make this happen, you need to trim the batting and I wanted to make this easy to handle and turn smoothly.  The photos are my first attempt, so the fabric widths are different from what I will tell you, but the method will be the same.  You must already know how to attach a quilt binding before tackling this technique.  If you would like a binding tutorial, email me and I will provide one from another project.  Practice this rather advanced method first before tackling an entire quilt.

1. First decide on a fabric that matches or complements the quilt top.  Cut this strip 7/8-inch on the straight of grain.

2. Decide on a fabric that matches or complements the quilt back.  Cut this strip 1-1/8-inches on the straight of grain.

3. Fold and press the back strip in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together.

4. Sew the folded strip to the front strip using a scant 1/4-inch seam, right sides together.


5. Press the seam open.


6. Attach the binding to the quilt, sewing the front binding strip right sides together, using a scant 1/4-inch seam.

7. Fold the binding to the back.  In the example, I have machine stitched from the front, using matching threads for the top and bottom fabrics.  For my quilt, I will hand sew the binding down on the back.

Here is my first trial before stitching.


and after:


This is what I did not like: the back flap is much wider than the front.  I found these clips from Clover on clearance.  I got them because I was having trouble sewing a make-up bag with a vinyl lining–I think these will work better than my usual hair clips and certainly better than pins when using vinyl.

Here is my final try–everything turned easily and laid flat, except that the back stitching is uneven–if I stitch by hand, it will look much better.


I am sewing these bindings to a free-motion practice piece.  This is one of my chagrine n bear it animals.





This is the final pig design.  Here are some of my fmq practice designs.



I started meandering using a twin needle on one of my quilts.  The needle broke and I didn’t have another one the same size to continue.  I’ll talk about this in another post–it’s just too painful right now (just kidding).  My job is done here for today.  Tomorrow, I will finish the quilting on the challenge table runner.  All of my energy today went into figuring out the binding


All sorrows can be borne if you put them in a story or tell a story about them.  — Isak Dinesen


Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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