Time for Binding

My “Spring” wall-hanging is ready for binding.

Ready for binding

I use the french-fold binding technique for my quilts. For smaller quilts or wall-hangings I cut 2″ strips and sew them together using 45° seams to get the length of binding that I need.

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Then I press the strip in half, wrong sides together.

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I cut a 45° angle at the end of the strip.

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Then I fold down the edge of the angle about 1/4″ .

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Here it is pressed and ready to sew onto the quilt.

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The prepared binding is laid on the front side of the quilt, with raw edges of the binding matching the raw edges of the quilt. I usually start sewing the binding down along the right side, bottom corner of the quilt.

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When I come to a corner I stop sewing about 1/4″ from the end of the quilt and back-stitch. Then remove the quilt from the machine.

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I fold the binding back at a 45° angle and finger-press.

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Then fold the binding back down along the quilt, lining up the raw edges of the binding with the raw edges of the quilt again. I begin sewing at the top of the corner, back-stitching a few stitches. Then continue sewing the binding onto the quilt using the same technique at each corner.

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When I’ve sewed around the entire quilt reaching the point I began, I trim off the extra binding leaving just enough to tuck into the 45° I created at the beginning of the binding. I then continue sewing about an inch past my original starting point.

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It makes a nice finished look. Next is whip-stitching the binding to the back of the quilt.

Looks Like Spring

I’ve been machine quilting my “Looks Like Spring” wall-hanging.

Spring wall-hanging

Remember to bring the bobbin thread to the top to prevent the “bird’s nest” from appearing on the back.

Pull bobbin thread to top to prevent birds nests on back

Clip the threads and I’m ready to go.

After a few stitches in place clip threads

I recommend practicing on a scrap quilt sandwich to correct any tension problems. And believe me this little quilt had several tension problems. I finally changed both the top and bobbin threads in order to correct the problem.

Machine quilting test piece

I can’t wait to get this finished and up on the wall. I will keep you posted.

I Need a New Spring Wall-hanging

It has been a long winter. Now that spring has finally sprung I felt the need for a new spring-like wall-hanging. After perusing my abundant stash of quilting magazines, I couldn’t settle on a pattern that I liked. So, I decided to create my own.

I wanted an applique quilt. The must haves on my spring applique quilt were a bunny, clover, a spring flower and, last but not least, a honeybee. These things just say “spring” don’t they? And this quilt literally says, “Spring!” I think I will name it, “Looks Like Spring”.

Here is a picture of my quilt as I’m getting ready to machine quilt.

Looks Like Spring