There’s a couple of bloggers offering binding tips today for the Sew Much Fun Blog hosted by Faith & Fabric.
I’ve got a couple of suggestions to share that I find helpful before I actually sew on the binding.
1. Making Quick Hanging Corners for Wall Quilts
Fold a 5 inch square of fabric on the diagonal with wrong sides together. Add one of these to each of the top two corners of your wall quilt. Stitch it in place with your machine using a slightly less than 1/4″ seam allowance before you add the binding.
Tu-Na Helper cut a thin slat of wood about 1″ less than the finished width of the wall hanging and sanded it smooth.
The thin slat of wood should fit nicely from one side to the other but have enough give to make inserting it easy.
Then it’s ready to hang and be enjoyed.
2. Avoiding Seams in the Corners
Before I sew on the binding, I lay out the binding along the edges using Clover Clips to secure it. This way I’m checking it to make sure I don’t end up with bulky seams in the corners. If I find that there is a seam hitting close to the corner area, I reposition the binding and reclip it. It is time consuming but so much better than ending up with a bulky corner or two.
3. Picking a starting spot
I read once that starting and ending the binding in the top left corner of the quilt is the best as it is the least noticeable. However, now that I’ve learned to join the ends with a miter that is accurate and easy (thanks, Debb), I find it unnecessary but I’m finding that old habits die hard. Sandra has a good tutorial for joining the ends on her blog Musings of a Menopausal Melon.
4. For your Viewing Pleasure
Just because I have a few more cacti blooms to share
Please visit these other bloggers on the hop for more insight into binding.
Melva at Melva Loves Scraps
Jen at Patterns by Jen
And Me! Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats Thanks for stopping by.
What I Learned Today:
- Even small hops can be fun.
- Standing and quilting with a longarm for three hours is very tiring.
- The Saguaro blooms are getting ready to open. They are about a month ahead of schedule probably due to lack of moisture this year here in the desert. This means ROAD TRIP into the desert.
Question: Do you prefer to sew that last side of binding down by hand or machine? I prefer to sit and hand sew it down. But I’ll be trying a flange binding on the elephant quilt requiring it to be sewn by machine.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
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