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A sleeve and the binding, and the May Flowers wallhanging is done!

I hope you’ve had a chance to explore modern machine quilting from yesterday’s post. If you’re finished, on to the binding!

For the binding, I chose an amazing bright yellow-green from Banyan Batiks Floral Boxes. I absolutely love it!

To make the binding, cut 3 strips at 2½” wide x the width of the chosen binding fabric (approximately 42″ on average). Sew strips together at a 45 degrees angle. Press seams and trim.

Press length of binding in half and make a 45 degree cut and fold at the start of the binding, as shown below.

 

When you begin your binding, make a 45 degrees cut and fold.
When you begin your binding, make a 45 degrees cut and fold.

 

Now for the hanging sleeve, cut a length of background fabric 3″ x the width of your quilt. Press sides in and bottom up. Pin to the top edge of your quilt before adding the binding and pin in place. I was able to create my hanging sleeve from the finished edge of the fabric so that I didn’t need to fold the bottom edge under!

Make sure the hanging sleeve is flat against the back of the quilt as you sew on the binding.

 

Some tips on how to add your hanging sleeve
Some tips on how to add your hanging sleeve

 

Remember to consider the binding and background colors when threading your machine to bind. I had a green thread in the top and a white thread in the bobbin, because my binding is green and my background fabric (on the quilt front) is white.

Begin the binding at a few inches away from a lower corner and a few inches past where the binding begins. Stitch all the way around making miters in the corners and when you come to the end/beginning of the binding strip, tuck them together.

 

A close up of a mitered corner on the binding.
A close up of a mitered corner on the binding.

 

 

This is how to tuck the end of your binding into the beginning where you made the 45 degrees cut and fold!
This is how to tuck the end of your binding into the beginning where you made the 45 degrees cut and fold!

 

Take the quilt to the ironing board and from the front, press the binding to help it flip over to the back.

Fold the binding to the back and pin in a few spots. Machine stitch from the back. If you keep just to the edge of the binding, the seam will nestle just beside the binding on the front.

 

This is how the machine finished quilting looks from the front of the quilt. With practices the sewn line nestles just next to the binding.
This is how the machine finished quilting looks from the front of the quilt. With practices, the sewn line nestles just next to the binding.

 

Finally, press the quilt well and hand stitch the bottom edge of the hanging sleeve and you are done!

Find a place to display your gorgeous May Flowers wallhanging made using Banyan Batiks Floral Boxes and enjoy. Please share your creations on social media #banyanbatiksspring. I would love to see your work.

Happy spring to you all!

 

This Banyan Batiks Floral Boxes applique project is sure to put a spring in your step!
This Banyan Batiks Floral Boxes applique project is sure to put a spring in your step!

 

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Let’s try modern machine quilting!

Tania has been a quilty creator for over 20 years. She loves to make quirky quilts ranging from a bowl of ramen to a Christmas turkey or a fruitcake. She has not yet found a subject that she wouldn't like to see rendered as a quilt. Her current focus is on food quilts and her work has been featured in magazines such as Cottage Life, Make Modern, Gastro Obscura and SBS (a food network in Australia). Her creative interests also include illustration, painting, and crocheting. There is nothing she likes better than to try something new. Tania believes curiosity in all things is key to a creative life.

8 Comments

  1. Laura S

    I love how this turned out, so cheerful.

    • Thank you Laura! I love when my patterns make people smile 🙂

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen

    Such a lovely that quilt is, beautiful. Thanks so much for all the tutorials and tips, I learn a lot from them. 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,
      Thank you and I am always happy to help someone on their quilty journey!
      Tania

  3. Toni Leggate

    Thank you this is a lovely spring project. Hopefully I can find a retailer, in the UK, for the Banyan Batiks.

  4. Kim

    Love the floral wall block

    • Thank you 🙂 It was a lot of fun to make.

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