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.
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
QUOTE FOR THE DAY:
All sorrows can be borne if you put them in a story or tell a story about them. — Isak Dinesen