Monday, March 25, 2019

Binding and finishing demos

     Last Monday night at our guild meeting, my co-program chair and I did a workshop on binding and finishing. We showed a lot of examples and gave lots of ideas. It was not a step by step how to, but ideas and ways to make our quilts that much more special. No slab-o-borders to make things bigger. Elizabeth had lots of border samples and ideas. I had bindings and finishes. We have a video camera and projector so they can see on the wall a large version of what we are demonstrating. Works wonderful.
    When I was putting away my demo samples, I took some photos and will share some. Ask if you have questions. Maybe something here will intrigue you to try.
This small sample shows how I glue all my binding (Washable Elmer's) on and only use one pin. It is ready to sew. Quilting done on my Singer 301. I glued and ironed as I explained.
Twill tape sewn on edges. Learned this in a David Taylor lecture. It stabilizes the outside edges absolutely and piece hangs flat.
Use 1/4" Polyester twill tape- it is under the binding in the photo above. When the binding is sewn on, it is all covered. Opposite sides are cut exactly the same size and when sewn on, fabric has to fit the cut tape. No more waves.

Adding rick rack or trim under the binding for a custom look.
I glued it first with the same Washable Elmer's that I use for  binding.
I made a small placemat for the demo, Granddaughter claimed it. Rick rack or trim idea would be great on a quilt.
Hanging sleeves- Top has raw edge at top (misaligned at left so you can see it) that is sewn into top binding with a basted fold part way down for the fullness of a rod. After sleeve sewn in and after handstitching the sides and bottom, remove basting.
Bottom sleeve is sewn wrong sides together, seamed at raw edge. Seam pressed open and then sleeve is rotated so seam is at middle of back. The basted fold is done at the bottom and then rotates to front when back seam goes to middle of back. Handstitch all around or I use a machine blindstitch.

One of my favorites- Striped binding. I collect striped fabric for this. Sample of fabrics used, a binding cut, and one applied to a quilt (how it looks on the front and the back). I use 2 1/4" binding, sewn on the front, taken to the back. I machine sew everything.
Another favorite- Faux piping. Two strips of fabric- one 1 1/2", one 1 3/4" (the piping fabric) sewn together and presssed in half. On the back of the quilt, the Skinny flange fabric faces up when you sew it on (I glue and sew). Flip to the front, secure (I glue) and sew in the ditch of the skinny fabric and thicker one. If I am concerned about the stitching showing, I will use Monofilament.


Quiltdivajulie said...

I have never tried glueing my binding . . . but I have done the faux piping with grand results. I'm sure your guild mates went home with a few new ideas!

Debbie said...

Wow....excellent program. Thanks for taking us too! All your ideas are good, especially the gluing and twill tape. I love the flange and do it a lot too:)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Now I can see that twill tape thing you've talked about. I saved this for future reference. Thanks, a photo is worth a thousand words.

The Joyful Quilter said...

I'm a BIG fan of striped binding and faux-piped binding, too. What surprised me was the polyester twill tape! I've never seen that used before. Thanks for sharing with us!