Friday, July 30, 2010

I love bindings

Ah, don't you just love putting the binding on a quilt? Away go all those raw edges, making everything neat and tiny. The beautiful part is that you have finished the quilt and you are high with the success of a job well done. Well, in any case, DONE.

To complete this project, I chose to add a folded fabric strip before stitching the binding to the front of the quilt. It adds a bit color and extra drama to quilt. Since this quilt top did not have a solid outer border, this extra fabric strip gives weight to the edge.

Now what will I do today? A new project or jump right in to work on another from the UFO pile? Oh yes, I do have to add a label on this quilt, then I am off and running.

Do you have a favorite binding technique or an interesting finish that you can share?


  1. Hi Sharon, I enjoy bindings too! Sometimes I couch a fun yarn in the ditch next to the binding. A simple way to add pizazz.

  2. Have you ever done a two color binding? One color on the front and another on the back. Just the ticket when you're short of that perfect fabric.

  3. I have pieced multiple 2" wide strips to make a scrappy binding and that has a great effect, but I have not done a two color binding. Tell me more.

  4. Two-Color Reversible Binding
    1. Good technique to add interest to both the front and back - or when you’re short of fabric!
    2. Make a test sample to determine how wide to trim the batting so the binding is completely filled. These directions
    will finish 1/2 inch wide so you need to cut batting and backing 1/4 inch wider than quilt top.
    3. Cut front binding strip 1 inch wide.
    4. Cut back strip 1½ inches wide.
    5. Press the 1½ inch strip in half lengthwise, with right sides out.
    6. Stitch front and back strips, right sides together with a 1/4 inch seam, keeping all raw edges even.
    7. Apply binding using either butted or mitered corners.

    When binding is wider than 3/8 inch, you need to allow a bit more room for the miter by making turn line up with the batting and backing that you cut 1/4 inch larger that quilt.
    Hope this makes sense! It does work great!


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