Learning something new – Binding a quilt

This weekend I have been very busy with some gorgeous fabric hand-dyed and blockprinted by Jamie over at Colouricious.  I decided to use a new (to me) technique of binding a quilt and want to share that with you.

Ricky Tims has the most AMAZING technique for doing machine stitched binding – not a single hand-stitch in sight!  You can get the know-how by watching his DVD Grand Finale but I took a few photos as I was going along, just to give you an idea.

You need a pintuck foot (not a piping foot) and an edge foot, perle thread and water-soluble thread – well there was my first challenge!  I did have water-soluble thread, but as for the rest …… my pintuck foot was actually a foot for adding cording and my perle thread was ………. lord knows!  So with a zipper foot, a ditch-quilting foot and some fine piping cord I did what I could!  This technique involves inserting a fine piped edge between the binding and the quilt top, and actually stitching the binding onto the back of the quilt, before machining it into place from the front.

Interestingly, you create the piping and binding for each individual side, rather than as a continuous piece.

Binding fabric, piping fabric and cord

Binding fabric, piping fabric and cord

 

Stitching piping cord into piping fabric using water-soluble thread

Stitching piping cord into piping fabric using water-soluble thread

Attach piping to binding fabric

Attach piping to binding fabric

Fold and press

Fold and press

Can you see the very fine piping on the left-hand edge?

Attach to the BACK of the quilt top

Attach to the BACK of the quilt top

Fold to the front, mitre the corners and then stitch in the ditch between piping and binding.

Fold to the front, mitre the corners and then stitch in the ditch between piping and binding.

back view

back view

True – you do get a line of stitching visible on the reverse – and Ricky’s is much neater than this.  But what a fantastic method!  Hand-stitching a binding can take SO long on bigger quilts, so this is a great method.

This is just a taster, so do get his DVD and learn it for yourself – and besides which, I just love his explanations and his way of talking.  He is a great quilter and has done some great DVDs and books – check him out!

 

 

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