Yesterday, a friend of mine from church called with some “quilt questions”. She has worked with me on our Senior Quilt project in the past and is an excellent seamstress. She is getting ready to “bind” her quilt, and wanted to chat before she got started. She had been at the fabric store and looked at the price of the premade double fold binding packets and knew that I could give her a better method. I answered the questions on the phone as much as I could, then offered to share some resources that I have unearthed online. By the time I got finished sharing all of it with her in an email, I felt like I’d just written a blog post. I thought others who read this blog might find it useful too.
DISCLOSURE — none of these methods are my own, they are all resources I have come across in the 10 years that I have been quilting.
The directions are well written, easy to follow.
The video gives great instructions to follow along with the written instructions from her blog.
Take note at around 8 minutes into the video of the method that is used for joining the ends and lining up the “flange/piping”. This is the only “tricky thing” about this style of binding, and that is joining the ends and making the flange line up.
Susan joins the ends of the binding in a different method to the one that is done in Susie’s Magic Binding. I learned this method that Susan shows in a quilting class at a local quilt shop. (Like I said, many ways to achieve similar results!)
NOTE – Jenny mentions near the beginning of the video about The Binding Tool” and has a video on HOW to use the binding tool.
There are LOTS of ways to join your ends, and using The Binding Tool is MY preferred method.
I enjoy making the binding and machine attaching to my quilts. Often times I bring home the quilts from church that our group has made and bind 3-6 of them. I started doing that when my husband said to me once that it wouldn’t be fair to all the kids if the one I bound looked so “cool” and the others had “traditional binding”. I try to pull colors from the quilts so the binding is a feature. Here are a few peaks of what I have made over the years. If you click on the photo’s below you will go to the folders they are in on my FLICKR page and you can zoom in a little.
I just love the way the piping shows against a quilt –
Below is a picture of a project I finished at a retreat this year and it has Susie’s magic binding. The little piping really pops along the edge. Contrast is important when choosing what to use. In this case, I had plenty of that fabric, but made the main fabric “scrappy”.
QUICK EDIT FOR 2 more photo’s……because my hubby said you might want to see “MORE” and “CLOSER” etc…..
This grey and coral binding is on my youngest granddaughters quilt. It got a 2nd place ribbon at the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Show in 2017.
Hubby said to “give you a close up” so here you go —
**looking back at this quilt I think the judges were right….it needed more quilting in the border…**
So, that’s it. I hope you enjoyed this little binding journey!