Thank you to the kind non-blogging Aussie ladies Roslyn and Coryn that pointed out there is a better way to bind! They directed me to Heather’s superb binding tutorial that I hadn’t seen before. Now that I’ve looked at it and understand it, I’m seeing the technique everywhere – all my quilting magazines and all over the web. How could I have missed it? It’s brilliant – two layers of fabric for the binding for added durability, and a continuous strip of binding for pretty corners. How could I have quilted so long without knowing how to properly bind? So I set out this week to learn to bind:
You only have to press one seam (ONE!): Press the strips in half lengthwise. Raw edges of the binding line up with the raw edges of the quilt. Sew around the outside (you must go see the tutorial on where to stop and start). Then fold the binding to the back and tack the folded edge to the back (I sewed mine on the machine). And when you’re done, you end up with these cute little pucker thingies which must have a real name but for now they are cute little pucker thingies.
And those are my quilting grip gloves that are oh so helpful when free-motion quilting. They were really tight, but tight is a good thing when you’re manhandling a quilt or when you have to change your bobbin and don’t feel like taking the gloves off.
I didn’t have any plans for this little quilt, but when I laid it on the bench in the guest bedroom, it fit perfectly. I love it when things turn out like this.
I spent lots of time last week looking into copyright law in relation to sewing patterns. It seems that there is a bit of confusion on this issue. Unfortunately, I got into a situation that required that I figure it out. All is well, and it had to be done anyway. I called the US Copyright office, but perhaps that is information for another post if anyone is interested.