Barney, the purple quilt, has a binding.
After many excellent suggestions and a whole lot of mental debate, I finally decided on a binding for the quilt that came out of storage earlier this year.
I chose a purple that is a shade or two different from the border fabric.
From the trimmings, there are some nice wool batting strips for pin-cushion stuffing and some green leafy scraps for . . . destinies unknown.
I placed the quilted quilt on my basement work room floor, along with a cutting mat and a long, wide ruler.
Then trimmed off the backing and extra batting.
Trimmed and ready for binding. Along with a photo bomb from the ironing board.
Did you know that, when binding, a square or rectangle quilt has FIVE sides?
- First, there is the side you start on, usually somewhere in the middle of the longest side of the quilt (in my world)
- Then there are three sides where the binding is sewn on from end to end, that makes four.
- On the last, or fifth side, the binding end catches up with the binding start and the ends are joined to make a continuous loop.
Five sides. (Yep, I'm okay.)
Before sewing the binding to the quilt, I pin, pin, pin. I think that keeps the layers from shifting and reduces the wave effect left in the border.
I contemplated adding a flange between the binding and the border, and may still add some hand-stitching (in bright green) in the ditch, like I did with this project earlier this year.
Now, I need a quiet place and a couple hours to stitch the binding to the back of the quilt. . .