Welcome back for the final installment of the Patchy Heart Quilt Along. Today I'm going to show you my favourite method for binding a quilt. I've tried various ways, but for me personally I always get the best results with this method. So if you're ready, lets go!
Firstly we need to join the four 2 1/2" by full width of fabric strips that you cut from your binding fabric. (Just to clarify, the fabric used for my quilt bindings is printed with a diagonal stripe and my binding strips were cut horizontal across the full width of fabric and not cut on the bias)
To do this take two strips and place them right sides together at a right angle, make sure that the selvedges are positioned above and to the side as shown. (You can if you prefer cut them off before you start) If you have a quilting mat, I find it helpful to use the vertical and horizontal printed lines on it to help give a perfect 90% angle. Pop a pin in. (step A)
Now draw a diagonal line at 45%. Again if you have a quilting ruler, use the lines printed on it to help with the angle (steps B and C)
Stitch along along the line (step D) and then cut away the excess leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.
Repeat this process and join the remaining two strips and press the seams flat.
You should now have one long strip ready to bind your quilt.
We're now ready to get stitch the binding to your quilt top. Take one end of your binding, open out and fold over the end as shown below
Place the opened binding on to the top side of your quilt, right sides together, matching the raw right hand side edge of the binding with the trimmed edge of your quilt. Stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance (or as close to this as possible if you do not have a 1/4" foot) for aprox 4".
'A little happy' tip ~ I generally start my quilt bindings on either the right hand edge or the bottom edge of my quilt top, aprox 2/3rds of the way down/across, I find this way my eye isn't drawn to its position once the quilt is completed.
.....luckily this was just on this side and when I checked underneath, the seam line between the binding and quilt was lovely and smooth, so no action was necessary as this eventually was hidden when I folded the binding round to the back.
This is what the join line should look like on the front of your quilt.....
The final step is so hand sew the binding to the back of your quilt. Starting from the point where you began machine stitching the binding, fold the binding over to the back of the quilt this overlaps and hides all the raw edges. Bring the edge of the binding past your seam line from where you stitched the binding to the front, so that this is hidden and whip stitch in place.
To whip stitch, inbed your knot in the underside of the binding, then take your needle through the quilt backing and into the wadding for about 1cm (as shown in the main picture below), make sure you do not pierce the quilt front, then bring the needle back out and into the binding, as indicated by the cross, then repeat. You can see from the inset photo how this stitch looks in progress.
This is a lovely stitch to use as it is almost invisible apart from tiny stitches going from the binding into the backing every cm or so.
Hooray.......that's it you're done, you should now have your very own Patchy Heart Quilt to snuggle under.
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Thank you once again for joining me on the Patchy Heart Quilt Along and I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did!!