Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Prepare your quilt for binding

I am actually one of those people who likes the process of hand-stitching the binding to the quilt.  It is relaxing to sit in my comfy chair with the finished quilt top draped across my legs.

For today's post, I thought I'd share a couple of things I do to prepare my larger quilts before attaching the binding to ensure great results.


Finish the edges of the quilt

I send many of my larger quilts to my LAQ and pay just a little bit more to have her square off the quilt and to serge the edges.  This nice neat finish provides a great foundation for the binding itself.



Label

Labeling your quilt is important.  My go to label is a triangle made by folding a square of fabric in half.  Before sewing on my binding, I attach two of the three sides to a corner of the quilt.  The third side (the fold) is sewn down by hand.  (See my post on labels.)


Press then seam

I cut my bindings at 2 1/4'' which gives me a narrow binding on the front and just enough to cover the serged edge on the back.  I always press my bindings in half before attaching and found it cumbersome to bring a long binding to the ironing board.  For one thing, the binding ended up on the ground and collected dust and threads from my floor.



Now I press each WOF strip individually.  Once the strips are joined, I come back with a quick press just on the join points.


How do you prep your quilts for binding?

I'll be linking with Tips & Tutorials Tuesdays.


Have a wonderful day! Patty

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tips, Patty! First, much as I LOVE my LAQ, I don't trust trimming to anyone but myself (I had a bad experience with a different LAQ). Because I don't have to worry about covering the serger stitching, I cut my bindings at 2" (1-7/8" if it's something I REALLY care about). Will definitely try pressing the strips separately, though; I, too, get dust and threads when connected binding hits the floor.

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    1. I use a bucket for my not-yet-pressed binding, and then as it gets pressed, I roll it up, sitting on the ironing board. That means it never hits the floor!

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  2. As a fairly new quilter, I have always pressed my binding strips separate. That way I am sure I have them right when piecing them together.

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  3. I like to also press my binding after it is sewn down to the quilt top. I find that this makes folding it over to the back for hand binding much easier and it is a quick way to evaluate if I have kept a consistent seam allowance all around the quilt.

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  4. Love the idea of pressing the strips separately, thanks for sharing.

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  5. Great tip about finishing the quilt edge before binding! I will definitely be trying that!

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  6. I use the 2 1/4" measurement too, just the right amount for front and back! I haven't tried pressing the strips separately I just do the whole thing at once but one thing I do make sure to do is mock the placement of the binding on the quilt before sewing it down to make sure none of the joins hit the corners.

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  7. Very smart Patty. I will now press each binding strip separately! I sew around my quilts at about 1/8" seam. Serging is a good idea. Maybe I should get mine out.

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  8. On my last quilt I finished the edge before binding but I found that it squashed it down a little too much, I like how neat it was (no extra threads), but then the batting doesn't 'fill' the binding out...maybe a 2" binding would fix that. Thank you for the label tip, I use two triangles for small wall hangings, but never thought of it for a label. Great post!

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  9. Thanks for the tips. I never thought of ironing the strips before sewing them together. That would make a few things a bit easier.

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  10. Thanks for the tips. I machine sew mine because I don't have the patience to hand sew LOL

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  11. When using solid fabric for binding or one that looks the same on both sides, I find it useful to press the binding fold in before seaming as well. That way I do not sew something into a twist and have to undo. (ooopps! seam sewn on wrong side of fabric!) When I cut my fabric strips from my larger piece, I always use the cutter and ruler to get the selvage off the piece I'm sewing. I may end up with a very long selvage piece, useful for tying things up. This way I never have to worry if there is a selvage going to show or shrink in my projects.

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