Quilting: Alternative Mitered Binding Join

Sunday, January 14, 2018

How To: Mitered Binding Join
Just a recap of the Mitered Edge Binding Finishing that I've been using on my curvy Christmas Tree Skirt quilts lately, rather than the traditional join. The benefit to this alternative model is that it is much easier to perform on a curvy edge (say, if you started attaching binding on the interior of an Xmas tree skirt quilt). The downside for this method is that instead of getting a sewn seam, you simply get a folded join, but that doesn't seem to be a terribly big deal.

Related BYOV Posts
Finish Binding with a Mitered Fold | Traditional Binding Join with a Mitered Seam | Finish Binding with a Mitered Seam

  1. Open binding up, align one edge with quilt. Fold the other corner down over to the edge, forming a right triangle.
    Open binding up, align one edge with quilt. Fold the other corner down over to the edge, forming a right triangle.
  2. Sew the triangle down and along the edge for a few inches.
    Sew the triangle down and along the edge for a few inches.
  3. Close the binding up and begin sewing both raw edges of binding to the quilt edge, as usual.
    Close the binding up and begin sewing both raw edges of binding to the quilt edge, as usual.
  4. Attach binding around perimeter of quilt.
  5. When you get within a few inches of the beginning, trim the binding so it will overlap a few inches of the open binding.
    Attach binding around perimeter of quilt. When you get within a few inches of the beginning, trim the binding so it will overlap a few inches of the open binding.
  6. Tuck binding end into open beginning binding, fold over.
    Tuck binding end into open beginning binding, fold over.
  7. Sew binding edges down, until you reach where you originally closed the binding at the beginning.
    Sew binding edges down, until you reach where you originally closed the binding at the beginning.
  8. Fold the bias binding over the quilt edge, and sew to back of quilt, as usual.
    Fold the bias binding over the quilt edge, and sew to back of quilt, as usual.
  9. Completed mitered bias binding join. Hand-stitch fold closed with a few stitches, if desired.
    Completed mitered bias binding join.

Quilting: Continuous Bias Binding

Friday, January 12, 2018

Making Continuous Bias Binding Tutorial
Bias binding is strips of fabric cut on the bias, or diagonally along the fabric. The easiest way to do this is with continuous bias binding, which I've blogged in scrappy form previously. The nice part about bias binding, is that it stretches, making it perfect for binding the edge of circular quilts and around tricky corners.

I'm a bit sloppy with my seams and my cutting, and so when I make bias binding, I try to make it a little wider than recommended. Recommended is 2.5" wide, my approach is 2.75" wide. In general, if you start with a fat quarter and make continuous bias binding, you'll be able to make about 4 yards. With my generous 2.75" you'll make a little less.

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BYOV's Continuous Scrappy Bias Binding | MyRainBootsAreRed's Fat Quarter Continuous Bias Binding

Calculating How Much Binding You'll Need

length of binding = perimeter-of-quilt + 10"

Calculating How Large a Square To Make

square size necessary = roundup(sqrt(binding-width * binding-length))
If you're making either the circular Christmas Tree Skirt Quilt or the Equilateral Triangle Christmas Tree Skirt Quilt you'll need about 5-6 yards of binding. Two fat quarters will produce a bit more than what you need.

Making the Continuous Bias Binding

  1. Supplies: Fat quarter or two for a smaller quilt. A yard or two for larger quilts. Will need to cut it into a square. You can turn a standard quarter yard into a square, but it just adds another step (cutting + sewing). You can also sew a bunch of strips into a square.

    Erasable pen/pencil, pins, iron, ironing board, sewing machine, ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat, a yard stick (or ruler with masking tape).
    Supplies
  2. Iron.
    Iron!
  3. Cut fabric into a square.
    Cut fabric into a square.
  4. Cut fabric square in half at a 45 degree angle.
    Cut fabric square in half at a 45 degree angle.
  5. Right sides up, shift two triangles so they form a parallelogram.
    Right sides up, shift two triangles so they form a parallelogram.
  6. Sew triangles together so they form parallelogram, right sides together with 1/4" inseam.
    Sew triangles together so they form parallelogram, right sides together with 1/4" inseam.
  7. Iron seams open.
    Iron seams open.
  8. Place wrong sides up, so parallelogram looks like this.
    Place wrong sides up, so parallelogram looks like this.
  9. Start at lower left corner, and mark every 2.75".
    Start at lower left corner, and mark every 2.75".
  10. When you get to the end of the bottom, start at the top seam and mark every 2.75"
    When you get to the end of the bottom, start at the top seam and mark every 2.75"
  11. You're going to connect the marks on either flat side.
    You're going to connect the marks on either flat side.
  12. Use a ruler and erasable pen to connect the marks. Note: Using iron-erasing pens here might not be the best idea, as we have to iron the fabric, erasing marks we need. (I choose to just iron very carefully).
    Use a ruler and erasable pen to connect the marks.
    Close-up of line connecting the marks.
  13. Flip parallelogram over so right sides are up and it looks like this.
    Flip parallelogram over so right sides are up and it looks like this.
  14. Fold lower left corner over to lower right corner.
    Fold lower left corner over to lower right corner.
  15. Fold upper right corner over to upper left corner.
    Fold upper right corner over to upper left corner.
  16. Shift previous upper right corner up so that the second line on the right meets with the first line on the left (we want the lines to form a spiral that wraps around the parallelogram).
    Shift previous upper right corner up so that the second line on the right meets with the first line on the left (we want the lines to form a spiral that wraps around the parallelogram).
    Second line on right meeting first line on left. At the bottom left, the second line on the left should meet the first line on the right. Form a spiral around the fabric.
  17. Pin lines together.
    Pin lines together.
    Pin lines together.
  18. Sew 1/4" inseam and iron seams open. Iron very carefully if using iron-erasing pens.
    Sew 1/4" inseam and iron seams open.
  19. Ensure the line forms a spiral around the fabric tube, and start cutting along the line.
    Ensure the line forms a spiral around the fabric tube, and start cutting along the line.
  20. Continue cutting along the drawn lines until the end.
    Continue cutting along the drawn lines until the end.
  21. Cut off any skinny bits of fabric. Trim bias binding to consistent width (not less than 2.5 inches!). If some chunks are too thin, cut them off, and reconnect using the "Connect Bias Strips with a Mitered Seam" tutorial at the bottom of this post.
    Cut off any skinny bits of fabric. Trim fabric strips to 2.5" (or 2.75" if you know your seams to not usually be even).
  22. Iron in half, wrong-sides together.
    Iron in half, wrong-sides together.
  23. Completed bias binding. This will make a little less than 4 yards.
    Completed bias binding. This will make a little less than 4 yards.

Connecting Bias Strips with a Mitered Seam

In many cases, you may need to make bias strips from several squares, or cut out bits that are too thin and then reconnect them. This method will connect the strips with a 45 degree seam.
How To Connect Binding With a Mitered Seam
I was using some leftover bias binding from my Dresden plate Christmas Tree Skirt Quilt to combine with one fat quarter - with a very deliberate matching color choice.
  1. Place one bias strip open, right sides up, horizontally. At a 90 degree angle, place the other bias strip end, wrong sides up. As shown below.
    Place one bias strip open, right sides up, horizontally. At a 90 degree angle, place the other bias strip end, wrong sides up.
  2. Pin and sew a 45 degree seam from the upper left corner of the top fabric, to the lower right corner of the bottom fabric.
    Pin and sew a 45 degree seam from the upper left corner of the top fabric, to the lower right corner of the bottom fabric. Sew, and trim a 1/4" inseam.
  3. Iron the seam open.
    Iron the seam open.
  4. Fold bias tape in half, wrong-sides together, and iron.
    Fold bias tape in half, wrong-sides together, and iron.
Completed continuous bias binding.
If you need double fold bias binding, that will require another round of folding in the raw ends and ironing again. Although, I've never used double fold bias binding, so this tutorial typically suits my needs.
Completed bias binding!

Triangle Xmas Tree Skirt Quilt: Quilting Time!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Quilting the Triangle Christmas Tree Skirt
Time to make a quilt sandwich and do some machine quilting! I talk more in-depth about quilt sandwiches here, and more about starting/stopping machine quilting here.

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DWR Beginning Machine Quilting | Machine Quilting the Isosceles Triangle Quilt
DWR Backing & Quilt Sandwich Basting | Thread-Basting the Triangle Quilt Sandwich | Backing & Hexagon Quilt Sandwich

  1. Make a quilt backing large enough to cover the quilt top (this is 1.5 yards, cut slightly and resewn).
    Make a quilt backing large enough to cover the quilt top (this is 1.5 yards, cut slightly and resewn).
  2. Quilt Sandwich - Tape backing to floor, wrong side up. "Parachute" to ensure no wrinkles. [See BYOV's Quilt Sandwich Basting]
    Quilt Sandwich - Tape backing to floor, wrong side up. "Parachute" to ensure no wrinkles.
  3. Quilt Sandwich - Place batting on top of backing, centered, if possible. [See BYOV's Quilt Sandwich Basting]
    Quilt Sandwich - Place batting on top of backing, centered, if possible.
  4. Quilt Sandwich - Place quilt top on top of batting, smooth out all wrinkles. [See BYOV's Quilt Sandwich Basting]
    Quilt Sandwich - Place quilt top on top of batting, smooth out all wrinkles.
  5. Quilt Sandwich - baste with thread, starting/sewing in opposite directions. [See BYOV's Quilt Sandwich Basting]
    Quilt Sandwich - baste with thread, starting/sewing in opposite directions.
  6. Quilt Sandwich - Baste the edge of the quilt. Alternatively, could use safety pins instead of thread and needle. [See BYOV's Quilt Sandwich Basting]
    Quilt Sandwich - Baste the edge of the quilt. Alternatively, could use safety pins instead of thread and needle.
  7. Quilt Sandwich - Ensure no wrinkles were basted into quilt backing. [See BYOV's Quilt Sandwich Basting]
    Quilt Sandwich - Ensure no wrinkles were basted into quilt backing.
  8. Quilt Sandwich - Trim excess fabric, or it'll get in the way when quilting. If you pieced your batting together from scraps be careful at this stage to not cut the seams until after quilting, as the batting scraps may come apart.
    Quilt Sandwich - Trim excess fabric, or it'll get in the way when quilting.
  9. Quilting - I chose to quilt in red thread from the center, outward along the triangle edges. And then used green thread to sew the perimeter of the two hexagons.
    Quilting - I chose to quilt in red thread from the center, outward along the triangle edges. And then used green thread to sew the perimeter of the two hexagons.
  10. Quilting - Roll up one side of the quilt to go in the sewing machine's harp.
    Quilting - Roll up one side of the quilt to go in the sewing machine's harp.
  11. Quilting - Use walking foot on sewing machine to quilt chosen pattern. Try to start sewing outside of the quilt, so that you don't have to worry about thread ends getting in the way, nor about using tiny stitches to secure the beginning of the thread. [See BYOV's Beginning Machine Quilting]
    Quilting - Use walking foot on sewing machine to quilt chosen pattern. Try to start sewing outside of the quilt, so that you don't have to worry about thread ends getting in the way, nor about using tiny stitches to secure the beginning of the thread.
  12. Quilting - Completed quilting!
    Quilting - Completed quilting, back.
    Quilting - Completed quilting, top.

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