I’m not a consistent blogger. Or a consistent quilter. But circumstances in my life have led me back to my sewing room. I’ve been working on a baby quilt for a friend. It’s all quilted and trimmed and ready for binding.
I just couldn’t get anything to work.
Making the binding went well enough, and I got the first two sides stitched down. Then, no matter how I plan, I always end with a seam on the corner. Oh, if only that was all of my trouble. When I backed up at that corner, I forgot to put my presser foot back down after I pivoted the corner, so my machine started skipping stitches. I thought I got it figured out when I realized there was a birds nest of thread growing on the back.
Finally, I got everything to work and got to the joining ends stage. Now, for the record, I used to work at a quilt shop. I’ve actually taught classes on binding. I used to get paid to teach how to do this very thing.
I could not get the ends to join properly. The measuring part went easily enough. It’s always a bit tricky to wrangle the bulk of the quilt and get that last seam sewn. I kept ending up with a twist. I ripped 3 or 4 times. Finally, I stepped away from the machine and just stood at my table looking at it. “Let’s think about this logically,” I said to myself. “This part has to attach to this part, so I need to move this here, pin that there.” And at long last, it worked!
To prevent this from happening to you, I’ve compiled my favorite binding tips and tricks.
- Don’t use a batik fabric for binding.
- If you must use a batik, remember that though they’re identical, there is a right and a wrong side of the fabric.
- Stop trying to sew the right side to the wrong side of fabric.
- When you sew the right side to the wrong side for the third or fourth time, take a break, and don’t be surprised that the binding is all twisted up.
In the end, I got it together, and now I’m happily hand stitching the binding to the back.
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