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Saturday, April 28, 2012

some binding tips

At the last meeting of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild, I shared some tips about how I join my binding strips, and how I do my machine applied binding. Because it is really hard to show such small fine detailed work to a large group, I said I'd do up a blog post to show my methods. Today I'm sharing the first one.


BINDING TIPS
I was shown this method of how to join my binding about 5 years ago and I love it. I hate trimming dog ears after stitching, and with this method, there are none to trim. This technique works with any width binding and for straight cut or bias binding.


1. Start with 2 pieces of binding that need to be joined.
2. Place them both right sides up, lined up on your cutting board.
layer
3. Taking your ruler that has a 45° angle marked on it, line the 45° line up with the bottom of the binding strips. Adjust the ruler on the right hand side so that the ¼” marking and the 45° line meet right at the corner of the binding pieces.
45
4. Cut
cut
5. Separate your pieces and turn the top piece so they look like this.
the ends
6. Take the right piece and place it face down on the left piece, lining up the cut edges like so:
rst
7. Using a ¼” seam, sew them together
sew
8. Set your seam and then press them open and
tada
 TA DA! NO DOG EARS TO TRIM!


 Happy quilting!

12 comments:

Renate said...

Hey I like the idea of no dog ears to trim. Will have to try this next time I need to bind. BTW will this also work for directional prints?

sherry said...

darn smart....will definitely use this next time it sew abinding

Monika said...

Cool! I am too lazy to trim dog ears on my binding, but I'll definitely try this method soon - have some placemats waiting for their binding! Thanks for sharing!

Monika said...

Cool! I am too lazy to trim dog ears on my binding, but I'll definitely try this method soon - have some placemats waiting for their binding! Thanks for sharing!

Maggi said...

Great tip.

Peg said...

Great method - you're so smart!

sherry said...

hey i just passed this tip along to the ladies at the quilt retreat....they agree darn smart

Poppyprint said...

Thanks Janet - by some miracle, I was able to remember your talk at guild and have actually done this method already! Woohoo! I love learning nifty new tricks, thank you.

sherry said...

the ladies at the retreat say "thank you"

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Janine said...

Thank you for sharing this - it's such a neat way of joining. And I love your fmq, below :)

Chez Roo said...

Love this tip, I will for sure use this next time I make binding. Thanks!