One of the other things that we worked on was binding. It’s amazing how many magazines and books still have instructions for folding one end of the binding into the other end, leaving the finished binding bulky and sometimes loose. I always use 2 1/2″ wide binding when quilting anything bigger than a table topper. The key to this technique is to measure from the crease the same width of your binding. If you use 2 1/4″ binding then measure 2 1/4″ from the crease. This technique is quick and easy to do and no one will know where you started or finished your binding!
Begin sewing the binding by leaving a 6" tail free from stitching. When you have approximately 12" of unbound quilt left remove the quilt from under the presser foot and place it on a flat surface. Lay the first binding tail in place on the quilt top, aligning the raw edges. Repeat with the second binding tail. Crease the second binding tail where it meets the first tail’s straight cut end.
From the crease, measure the distance of the binding strip’s cut width (2 ½”). Cut the second tail straight across at that mark.
In this picture you can see the fold at the 2 1/2" mark. Open the tails. With right sides together, place one on top of the other at a right angle. Join the strips with a diagonal seam. Before stitching, check to be sure the strips are not twisted.
Mark the diagonal stitching line, pin it in place and sew. I find it easier to work with these binding tails when I fold the unbound quilt and secure it in place with a safety pin or clamp. This takes the pressure off the ends that you are sewing together.
Ater the seam is sewn, cut off excess fabric as you would when making your binding. Press the seam open.
Press the binding and align along the remaining edge of the quilt and stitch in place.
It’s a very simple and easy technique. I hope you will try it.
Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye