Monday, February 27, 2017
Quiltmaking 101 -- binding your quilt 3 -- folding and stitching the binding
Take your quilt to an ironing surface and lay it face up. Press the binding out toward the edges of the quilt, admiring how neatly the corners have mitered. You can't press the binding out beyond the corner, because it isn't long enough to lie flat, so just do the part over the quilt with the tip of your iron. Or you can just finger-press the binding outward.
Pin the binding in place, every two or three inches. Work out to the right and left, stopping about three inches from the corners.
Place one corner of the quilt on your work surface, facing top right. You're confronting a section of binding that kind of stands upright as it turns the corner, because it's not long enough to lie flat. That's good, because you now have to fold all that extra fabric in at the corner, and the less you have to deal with, the less bulk you'll have at the corner.
After you have all four corners mitered and pinned, you can stitch the binding to the quilt. If you sew by hand, work from the back and stitch through only the backing layer so your stitches aren't visible from the top of the quilt. If you sew by machine, it's hard to keep a straight stitch exactly on the edge of the binding, both front and back. But a zigzag stitch camouflages any slight differences in binding width and looks great from both sides. I like to stitch from the front side of the quilt, centering the zigzag just a bit inside the seamline (closer toward the edge of the quilt).