Wednesday, 15 April 2015

This week's top tip

This wee's top tip is quick and simple.  When you make stripy binding, use a straight rather than a diagonal seam.  That way, the join becomes invisible.  It's hard to see the join when you look at the binding as a whole.


Only one you zoom right in case you see the join.  


The other thing I do when making bindings is to shorten my stitch to about 1.8.  That way the binding seams don't come undone when you're pulling and pushing the binding around the quilt.  And I'd love to hear any binding tips you have to add into the mix. 

9 comments:

  1. Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Stripes do make beautiful bindings! They are my favorite. I especially like diagonal stripes, too, because you can cut your bindings on the straight grain and they will look like bias bindings.

    Tip: If the colors in the front of a quilt don't match the colors in the quilt backing, then choosing a stripe binding fabric--one that matches both the quilt front and quilt back--pulls the front and back together so that they make sense together.

    Tip: For any quilt bindings, plan ahead to avoid having the seams of the bindings fall inside the mitered corners of your quilt where there will already be extra bulk.

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  3. Doh! So simple when you see it suggested! Thanks

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  4. I have been doing the straight seam on the striped binding for a while because I could never get the diagonal seam to look nice. Always thought I was cheating a bit. :) and wondered what the quilt police would say about that, but I liked it so much better.
    Thanks for the A ok to do that. :) Nice to know I'm on the same page as other quilters as I am usually doing what ever works. My binding tip is to sew a zig zag stitch around the edge of the finished quilt before you cut off the extra backing and batting. It makes a nice clean edge to sew your binding to when you are ready. I have also gone from a 2 1/2 inch strip for binding to 2 1/4 inch. It seams to be easier to fill the gap where the quilt touches the fold in the binding and get the binding the same width on both the front and back of the quilt. I also sew the binding on with a scant 3/8" seam. Curious how others are solving that problem. Janita

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  5. Oh I disagree!! I love me a bias stripey binding!! It's my go to!! And I am BIG on using bias binding vs straight grain! (Unless it's going on something that doesn't get use like a wallhanging!) But I also know there are as many ways to do one thing as there are people! ;0)

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  7. I love a stripy binding! My tip, when stitching the binding on the front of a quilt, would be to start as close to a corner as you can manage (but leave a tail!) and finish just after a corner; the longer the gap, the easier it is to manipulate the quilt and join the end of the binding to the beginning. Also, before sewing, lay the binding around the edge of the quilt and check that you're not going to end up with a join on a corner.

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  8. P.S. I also stitch through the mitred corner when hand stitching the binding to the back - it makes for a much neater finish.

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