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.
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?
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Have a wonderful day! Patty