The program at the September meeting was given by Shelia and was about binding. Here are a few things we covered.

  • Not every quilt needs to have bias binding cut.  Most straight edges can do just fine with binding that is cut straight on grain.  A quilt with scalloped edges or curves will HAVE to bias binding so the fabric can be manipulated to cover the edge.
  • You don’t have to use that confusing continuous bias binding tube technique to get bias cuts.  Cut a large square on the diagonal to strike a 45 degree angle, cut it apart at the seam and then cut strips your preferred binding width.  Join the strips end to end in the standard manner.
  • IMHO, plaids, checks and stripes are excellent choices for bias binding but that is a design decision!
  • Many of those in attendance were clear about how to sew the binding on to the quilt but Shelia covered how she did the mitered corners.  Some tell you to sew off the edge at a 45 degree angle already stitching in a miter from the initial application!
  • Shelia also covered how she folds the binding back to the sewn line and then uses a school glue stick to dab it down.  Now it is ready for machine finishing rather than tedious hand closure.  The heat of the iron helps the glue to set but it is washable so you must do some sort of edge finishing if your item will be laundered.

When it came to joining the two ends of the strips, apparently this process is less clear or the previous results not as good as desired.   Shelia shared a technique she had learned from Brenda on how to do this.  I am posting this note so you have something to refer back to when you are ready to try this on your next quilt.

While so far I cannot find a link that shows EXACTLY what Shelia showed , I think I found a few that may be helpful.  A few I looked at were similar enough perhaps.  One gal measured the width that she had cut the strips to begin with to know where to make the trimming cuts before the join.  Shelia used a SNIP TAKEN OFF one end as a guide piece instead.  

Look at any of these three tutorials:     ( this did show using a snip cutaway but not a triangle shape—perhaps because her end was already blunted??)    I like this one probably the best and there is a downloadable link for a pdf file on the page for easier printing.  

Should you prefer following along with a you tube video, perhaps any of these choices would prove helpful.  This is NOT what Shelia showed us but it may help with that final diagonal seam.  

Heirloom Creations, an interesting variation she termed “Edna’s Binding” but it may be more clear how the process works.

C & T Publishing—I thought this one was good

McCall’s Quilting   this fairly close to how I personally do it but I use an Easy Angle ruler to cut the 45 degree diagonal

Best advice?  Try a sample or try a few different ways and see what works for you!  Come to sit and sew and let Shelia or Brenda show you on YOUR quilt.   You CAN teach an old quilter some new tricks.  


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