Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Preparing a Binding + One Monthly Goal
Today I cut binding strips for this quilt (which still doesn't have a name). It's one of those quilts that doesn't photograph very well. It's creamier than in the photo.
My One Monthly Goal for November is to get this quilt bound, washed, dried, and finished. It shouldn't take a month to sew binding strips, sew the binding around the quilt, then stitch it in place but November is shaping up to be a busy month. And the binding on this quilt isn't the only stitching I hope to do this month.
I finally figured out an easy way to align the edges to make seams on binding strips. I've tried several different ways but I like this one best.
I laid the strips of fabric along the lines of my cutting mat so the ends went at least 1/4" beyond the 45-degree diagonal line.
Then I carefully put the 1/4" mark of my acrylic ruler on the 45-degree line on the mat...
... and cut with my rotary cutter. I carefully removed the ruler...
...and pinned the ends together.
It worked like a charm. I cut and pinned until I had the whole binding ready, then took the length of fabric to the machine to sew. This was a quick and easy way to make sure the pieces were lined up for a 1/4" seam. If you decide to try this method and you're using plain fabric be sure all the seams are on the same side of the fabric. I had to unstitch two because they were on the wrong side. You'll not have a problem with printed fabric.
How do you stitch binding strips together? Maybe you have an even easier way to do it?
I'm linking this post to
> Moving It Forward Monday at Em's Scrapbag
> Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
> One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts
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