The ultimate finish to any quilt—binding!
These are the last few days of the year and I’m celebrating the past year by finishing a quilt I’m making for charity. I’m part of a group that makes over 200 quilts a year that are donated to different organizations in our city. By finishing the quilt I mean I have to put on the binding. There are so many ways you can approach binding and there isn’t one right way or one wrong way, it’s important to consider these 4 before binding your quilt.
It doesn’t matter which method you choose I think we can all agree on one thing. Binding is the ultimate finish to any quilt – it’s not finished without the binding and attaching my binding with the PFAFF Passport 3.0 sewing machine with IDT makes it easier, let me show you why.
There are some basic questions you have to ask yourself before you take that final step of binding your quilt.
1. What fabric will you choose for your binding? Will it be one (or more) of the fabrics used in the quilt top? Will it be the same fabric as the backing or will it be a completely separate but coordinating fabric? Print? Plain? Stripe?
2. Will you cut your strips on the bias or straight cut? Usually this is personal preference. I believe that occasionally this decision is made for us based on the quilt top itself. If the quilt top has lots of curves on concave and convex points then you’ll likely go with Bias Cut.
3. How wide will you cut your strips? Most people fall into will choose either the 2½” width or 2¼”. Some people even use a 2” strip. For me it depends on the thickness of the quilt, and the method I’m going to use to apply it.
4. How are you going to attach the binding to the quilt? This can be the cause of some serious debates in the quilting world. I’ve noticed that most people one of two options on this issue.
- Option one – attaching the binding to the front of the quilt by machine and hand stitching the quilt to the back.
- Option two – attaching the binding to the quilt back by machine then flip the binding over and machine quilt the binding to the front of the quilt.
These are just some of the questions – there are so many others. Flanges? Prairie Points? Piping? OR you don’t even need to cut strips you could leave extra fabric on the front or back of the quilt to fold over and use as binding…
I love a striped fabric binding, cut on the bias at 2¼” wide and I use my machine with IDT to attach the binding to the front of the quilt. I press it to the back of the quilt and hand stitch the back down. I tried lots of other methods and this is the one I like the most. For very special quilts I’ll add a flange or piping.
Today however, I’m going out of my comfort zone. I’m using the same fabric that is prevalent in the quilt. The quilt I’m working on came as a kit so the binding has actually been cut for me at 2½”. I’m going to apply the binding to the back of the quilt, using my ¼” foot with the IDT system.