This is one of my most used Accuquilt dies. I use it to make nearly all of my binding.
After cutting my strips, I stitch them end to end and press the seam open.
This is my pressing setup for binding. As I press it, it falls into the bowl.
I love a good bowl of binding! I usually make extra to have on hand for small quilts.
Here’s where I place the bowl when I start stitching it to the quilt.
I leave a bit of a tail at the beginning and end.
I fold back these tails and give it a press to mark where they meet. That will be my seam line.
I match the creases and stitch them together on the pressed line, trimming away the excess.
I fingerpress the seam open and then finishing attaching the binding.
Now it’s all ready for hand stitching!
And no, I have not finished quilting this quilt. But since I started quilting around the outside and work toward the middle, I can bind as soon as the outside edge of the quilt is quilted.
Have a great day!
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I read a tip about not pre-pressing the binding in half, because it often shifts just a bit as it goes through the “stitching, folding over and stitching again” process. I just fold the binding in half, stitch down the first time, roll it over the quilt edge, and stitch it down – the fabric creates it’s own “crease”, and I save time – and burned finger tips!
Great post, Katy!
I have never thought about attaching the binding before the entire top has been quilted…. I love this idea! What a great way to stabilize the outside edge of the quilt.
Thanks so much for sharing!
I like your way. So many of the other tutorials want you to make a diagonal seam but sometimes I get messed up trying to do that and end up ripping out the seam because I sewed it the wrong direction. I like the flat method you use. And since I don’t plan on entering any shows, I think easier is better.
You are so efficient. I like your red step stool. My Mom had an aqua one since the 50’s. Packing for a 5 day quilting retreat in the hills of New Braunfels, Texas. Cindy Nelson
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Hi Katy! Great tips you shared today. I really like the bowl idea – my just lays in a heap on the floor. I pick it up, and throw it back on the floor by the sewing machine. I can do that because I don’t have animals that think it is there for their amusement! Happy Thursday to you! ~smile~ Roseanne