Monday, 4 September 2006

A Few Questions

I nearly finished the top of O's and X's and before I go any further I would like to ask the "experts" a few questions. I read somewhere about making up your own binding strips, but can't remember where. How wide do they have to be, or is it just pure guess work? On my last 2 big quilts I overlapped the backing so binding is a first for me. I have also decided to have a go at another Tonya Tutorial and try to hand quilt with embroidery thread. Is it necessary to pin the entire quilt, or just the bit I am working on? There was something else, but I've forgotten what it was. Will no doubt remember when I get downstairs! More in a bit.


Pam said...

I cut my binding at 2.25", fold in half and press, then when sewing it down I miter my corners and hand stitch it to the back. I really like how the 2 layers hold up to grandkids and many washings. Charity quilts need to be made to withstand just about anything we can imagine and then some.

this link will show you how I do it (mitered corners), once you get the knack of it, it is really easy and gives such a nice finish to your quilt. They suggest a 2½" strip, but I like how the 2.25" strips make it a tight fit.

Hedgehog said...

Experts? Who are they?! Binding is really one of my favorite parts of quilt-making. I'm weird, I know. Someone just put up a binding tutorial. I'll find the link and come back. I always cut my binding on the bias (you don't have to for straight edges), because I almost always bind with striped fabrics and I like them to be on the slant. I cut my binding 2.5 inches (I just did 2.25 on the latest wall-hanging and that was ok, too), iron it folded in the middle, and sew it on the front and hand-stitch it to the back. (Just like Pam's comment above.) It's the only hand sewing I really enjoy. There are lots of ways, though! Good luck! Can't wait to see the finished XOs!

Hedgehog said... (Part one of four.)

Katjaquilt said...

I do it the way Pam and Hedgedog do the strip (dopple folded) and use 6,7 cm strips. I also was interested in Tonya's quilt, but I don't have time for this project at the moment. Thanks for having my blog in your link list - I was very happy when I read it.
Greetings from Germany where summer returns.

Serena said...

I usually use 2-2.25 inch strips to make my binding. If I have plenty of fabric, I may cut bias strips, but usually crossgrain or lengthwise grain strips.
Stitch the strips together, fold and and press in half and stitch to the quilt in a quarter inch seam.
I stitch the binding to the front of the quilt, mitering each corner as I get to it and then tack the folded binding edge to the back of the quilt.

Here is a detailed description of how I create and stitch on my binding:

I Pam said above, it really creates a nice finish and the double layers hold well after reapeated wear and washings!

Hope this is helpful to you!