LEFT-HANDED QUILTING - Binding - Front to Back
Note - these instructions are written in LEFTISH.
If you are right-handed - just reverse the directions.
I already showed you how I prepare my quilt bindings - (here) -
And some binding - "basics" - (here) -
Now I want to show you the standard method of attaching bindings - from the front to the back - and lest anyone think that these are "rules" - rest assured that this is simply - How I Do It -
STANDARD METHOD -
Machine stitch the binding to front – then fold it to the back –
Reminder - if you want more binding to fold over to the back -
you need to cut your binding at 2-1/2" - and - use a 1/4" seam allowance on the front
For this demo - we’re going to consider the PURPLE the “front/right” side
and the GREEN the “back/wrong” side
Machine stitch the binding to the front – purple
then fold it to the back – green
Turn the mini-quilt over to the green - “back/wrong” side –
Get yourself some clips –
Isn't it amazing how – if they can find a “quilting” use - they charge you more for their product?
I found these at Walmart – in the section that has kid ponytail holders and barrettes – same thing as they show in quilt supply catalogs – and way cheaper.
Fold the binding to the wrong side and clip it down to the corner
Skip the corner for a second and clip the bottom side up
Put another clip in the bottom – closer to the corner
Using a stiletto (or my plain-wrap cuticle stick – again from Walmart) –
Fold the corner - “bottoms up”
Fold the top side down and clip it
Now you can –
MACHINE STITCH IN THE DITCH FROM THE FRONT – trying to catch the back –
Good luck with that – I never seem to be able to catch the back the way you're "supposed" to - but I cut my binding at 2-1/4" and used the 3/8" seam allowance so I didn't have that much to turn to the back.
It may have worked if I had used a 1/4" seam allowance on the front - and if I had cut my binding at 2-1/2" instead of 2-1/4". Remember Rule #2 - Do What Works For You!
HAND STITCH FROM THE BACK.
I use a “quilter’s knot” on the ends of my thread
There are tutorials on the web if you google it – but for now – this is How I Do It.
I showed you how on my post “LHQ – Embroidery Basics” – but here’s another version.
I can’t hold the needle and take pictures at the same time – so bear with me
I used white thread so you could see it in the pictures – it shows up better on the dark fabrics.
Normally I would use a matching thread, of course – to match the binding – not the quilt.
Take the end of your thread
and wrap it around your needle three or four times
and – holding the wraps between your left thumb nail and index finger – pull the needle through with your right hand until it knots on the end
Straighten it out
HAND SEWING THE MITERED CORNER
I showed you how I did this on my post – 4/16/11 -
LEFT-HANDED QUILTING - Binding - Hand Sewing the Mitered Corner
Next up - an alternate method -
Talk to you later – gotta go – gotta sew –
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
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You know...I have never done the quilter's knot at the end of a thread tail. I've always used my grandma's method of licking your finger, wrapping the thread around and rolling off your finger :-) Guess I'll have to try something new!
About darn time someone started speaking leftish!!! LOL I have been waiting!!
I never knew about "the bottoms up" hint at the mitered corners.
I'm going to have to give that a try.
I got a call from my daughter in Oregon who was machine sewing a binding on a quilt her school class had made and she had forgotten how to miter the corners. So, there we went step-by-step over the phone ... kind of like the blind leading the blind. I finally told her to stop the machine, thread a needle and turn that sucker by hand, then resume the machine sewing. She got the project done faster than she would have by machine with my instruction. From now on I will refer her to you!
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