Monday, December 12, 2011

Been busy quilting for Christmas!

My all time favorite quilt shop owner, Dawn, of Traditions Quilt Shop in Baker City, Oregon gave me the directions (over the phone mind you) for a new look on making binding. I called her for information about machine binding my quilt. I have too many quilts to get the binding on for Christmas and I knew I had to machine bind the binding in order for me to get them out in time.
Well, Dawn told me of this VERY COOL way to machine bind your binding. It is totally AWESOME!!! You use two different fabrics. I had the same fabric for the back of the quilt and for the borders so I used it for one piece of the binding. So, you cut one fabric 1 1/2" (that was my backing and borders fabric) and then you use another fabric and cut it 2". You make them just like you would for regular binding, sewing the same fabric together, end to end, to make up enough to go around your quilt. You do this with both fabrics. Here are the two fabrics I used.

Now you sew these two pieces together. The binding on the left is the fabric that's on my backing and borders. It's 1". The blue fabric is in my quilt, in the blocks, and I cut it 2 1/2".

Okay, now you fold it wrong sides together and iron it, just like when you make your binding.
Now is the tricky part. You sew it to the BACK of your quilt with the 1" piece laying on the quilt. The 2 1/2" fabric should be facing up.

So, now you turn it over and machine sew it to the front. You will see the 1" fabric and only a 1/4" piece of the 2 1/2" fabric (the blue). You sew it right between the two colors, in the ditch. It's so easy to stitch in the ditch.
Now you have an absolutely gorgeous binding. It looks like you put fabric under your binding.

See how the blue sticks out? It's a flap. I am just so thrilled to learn how to do this. I love everything about quilting except the binding part. I will tell you something I am ashamed of. I send my quilt to a friend to bind my quilts. I've been doing this for years. It costs between $20 to $35 for each quilt. That's how much I don't like binding. But now I don't have to do that anymore. For now on I am making my binding this way.
I know it takes longer because you have to cut binding from two different fabrics, and it costs more because you have to buy extra fabric for the 1" piece, and it also takes longer because you have to sew both the pieces to each other, but it looks so nice and I don't have to pay someone to do my binding.
 This is a snapshot of the edge of my "Hearts from Texas" quilt. I flew down to Austin, Texas, to see my niece last spring and she took me to "The Quilting Bee" and I bought a few quilt kits. I finally got them all done. This is such a warm, golden quilt.
I'm home alone, so I had to hang this over my ironing board. I couldn't get the whole quilt it. So this has to do.
My gal that cuts and color my hair is getting this quilt. Last time I went to her I told her I was finishing up my 7 quilts and that my kids were getting more quilts for Christmas. I told her my kids had so many of my quilts and I didn't know who to give them all to. I usually give them all away. Well, Aubrey (my hair dresser) said she didn't have a quilt. I didn't say anything to her but right then I knew I was going to give her a quilt for Christmas. She does facials and I've had two facials from her and she's done my hair twice. So I don't know her really well or anything, but when she said she didn't have a quilt, I realized that not a lot of people have quilts.
I've been quilting since 1992, so giving quilts to people for so many years must of made me think that everyone has a quilt.
Today I am going to wash it and tomorrow she won't be at work, so I am going to tie it with a long piece of fabric so it has a bow on it and leave it on her chair. I don't think I will leave a note. I think she will know it was from me. If not, that's okay. I just want her to have a quilt.

45 comments:

  1. Hallo Sweetie, if you are still there, please send me your address. I'd like to send you your parcel.

    ReplyDelete
  2. a very beautiful quilt turned out. I really liked his stitches, as you do it?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great idea! I'm going to try it out. Beautiful quilt by the way...

    ReplyDelete
  4. My post disappeared so I will try again. I love this tip. Your quilt is just beautiful. I have been binding with my strips cut of the bias. Your look like they are cut on the straight. I can't wait to try this.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Looks interesting ..... wish there was a pic after you folded it over for stitching in the ditch ... does that mean there will be tiny "lip" of blue on the front that isnt sewed down ???
    I am in Oregon as well !! In a little town called Rainier .. between Portland and the Astoria coast !

    ReplyDelete
  6. I wonder what it would look like if you took a small rope of batting and put it in the fold, then the smaller fabric would look like a phlange????
    Judi

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. or you could use cording for that Quiltingfool.

      Delete
  7. I love your quilt. I live in Oregon called Dallas which is 20 miles west of Salem. I enjoy your blog. Have a great weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love this! I never would have thought of it, now you make me want to go and finish a few quilts...thanks for the inspiration!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Just saw this on Pinterest. I also hate bindings, they always look so sloppy on the back and I also spend a lot of time ripping apart and restitching. I am definitely trying this tip. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I just love the way this binding looks!!! I really would like to try this technique but so far...the directions are clear as mud to my bitty brain! The only way I can make this work is to sew it on the front first? What am I doing wrong? Thank you for any help you may provide!!! JoAnn

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi there Joanne... it does work! Read the directions again... you sew it on to the back first, fold it over to the front side of the quilt and stitch in the ditch between the two colors on the front. Enjoy!

      Delete
    2. okay. I have now posted twice. The first time I was wrong. I will admit.

      Just decide on the two fabrics that you want. Make one about 1/4 inch wider. This wider piece will be the little piece that adds character. So I used a 2.5 inch and a and 2.75 inch. You have some to "play with" on the binding.

      Delete
    3. it works. a dream! so easy and looks terrific

      Delete
    4. Cording or even old shoestrings can be used in this
      process as well..... makes for a very pretty edge.

      Delete
  11. I am definitely going to try this binding method.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I'm going to try this..what is your trick with the corners?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Did you get a reply on how to do the corners?

      Delete
  13. Ok, either I'm crazy OR your measurements are wrong. It simply does not work with a 1" and 2 1/2"

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I got it to work using 1-1/2" and 2" strips. If you look at the first picture, you can see that the smaller strip is 1-1/2"

      Delete
  14. I know the sizes sound wrong, but believe me, they are right. You want the binding bigger than normal binding for the flange. I've made quite a few quilts using this methods and it works every time!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I thought I understood this, but no matter how I try, I can't get it to work! When I fold it over, NONE of the 1" piece shows! Don't know what I'm doing wrong!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm losing sleep over this!! Help!

      Delete
    2. ME TOO!!! I have tried this several times and cannot get it to work. NONE of the 1 in piece shows. Actually all of the 1 inch piece stays on the back and the 2 1/2 in piece shows on the front!!! What was the seam allowance to sew the binding to the quilt? What are we missing?

      Delete
    3. I got it to work using 1-1/2" and 2" strips. It came out perfect. My first clue was in the picture of her strips laying on a cutting mat. You can clearly see that the smaller strip is 1-1/2" NOT 1".

      Delete
    4. This comment has been removed by the author.

      Delete
  16. If using all 1/4" seams the correct ratio of the fabric strips should be 1" and 1 1/2". This will leave a 1/4" long flange.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Wow I don't get it either! But wish I did, can you do a video of the process by any chance?

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thanks for your email. Sorry if I have offended you, not my intention at all. When using your strip widths I (like others) ended up with a 3/4" flange and no yellow fabric (1.5 inches when unfolded). I had to delete 1" from the wide blue strip and here is my math:

    1" strip + 1.5"strip = 2.5 total fabric

    Sew together: 2.5" -.5" = 2.0" (leaving .75" of yellow and 1.25 of blue.)

    Fold in half: 2/2.0 = 1.0" doubled strip (leaving .75" yellow on front and .25" blue on front)

    From here on you must consider the strip as one 1.0" doubled strip and ignore the amount of fabric taken up in seams on the back of the new doubled strip.

    Sew doubled binding to quilt edge with 1/4" seam: 1"-.25" = .75 inch (.5" yellow left on front and .25" blue left on front)

    Fold up strip toward edge of quilt: .75-25" =.50" (.25" yellow left on front and .25" blue left on front once folded over the edge)

    Fold binding over the edge of the quilt and stitch in ditch .5"-.25" = .25 flange (when folded over there is .25" of each color showing on the top of the quilt. Once you stitch in the ditch only the remaining .25" of blue remains free- the flange.)

    As far as I can tell your wide strip is 1" too wide.

    When you stitch in the ditch on the front of the quilt that stitching should end up in the ditch on back, between the quilt backing and the binding.

    This is a nice way of doing binding once you get good enough to make the ditch stitching land in the ditch on back (in the mean time make sure you use a thread that matches the backing in your bobbin). I guess everyone will have to play with it and see what works for them. Good luck!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Just found this through Pinterest and love your binding. I am a missionary working in Guatemala, so don't have much time to quilt here, but am hoping to start one this next month. We work with folks in wheelchair and I love to give them lap quilts when I can get them. We also give full size quilts to families for whom we help build houses. If you even need somewhere to send your quilts,feel free to send them our way!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I too could not get it to work. What flap? Well I cut as directed. Sewed as directed. But then I ironed the 1" strip ( that was sewn onto the 2 1/2" strip) in half. Then I ironed the 2 1/2" strip in half. Then I sewed it onto the front of the quilt with the 1" onto the front of quilt. Sewed, folded to the back and stitched in the ditch. Voila' the flap is n the front. Soooopretty.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, thank you for your reply! It is the only one that worked for me! Your comment saved me purchasing new fabric. There seems to be something wrong with the original measurements or instructions

      Delete
  21. This looks brilliant! How far from the edge of the quilt did you stitch the binding down on the back?
    Thanks,
    Sally

    ReplyDelete
  22. Interesting reading the comments!!! I want to thank you for sharing. I will give it a try, looks like a neat idea! So nice of you to make a quilt for the hair dresser, I hope she appreciated your generosity. Wonderful to hear of such kindness!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I was unable to do the corners either. Working out a solution now.
    I think the mistake everyone is making is when you fold from back to front the stitching is actually the very edge of the finished quilt, not a 1/4 inch and you see nothing of the binding when you look at the quilt from the wrong side.. Hope I haven't got it wrong too.

    ReplyDelete
  24. There is another tutorial here: http://www.ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk/articles-newsletters/flange-quilt-binding/ and a video also. corners are mitered just as any other binding. Haven't tried it yet, but look forward to it. It's sooo pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Ice been trying to figure this out, but I just don't get it...? When you sew the 1" piece to the back, it's "binding right side" against "quilt wrong side"...edges lined up, right? Then...bring the bonding around to the top of the quilt...and tuck in the hem, and sew it to the right side...

    How does the little strip of different fabric show up? It would be on the wrong side, where you sew the 1" piece to the back of the quilt?

    ReplyDelete
  26. If this could be done on a video, it would be great! Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  27. I have never been more confused!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Sorry I haven't responded sooner, but I was told how wide to cut them and it works perfectly. I sew the binding to the quilt at 1/4 inch. I sew the binding strips to each other at 1/4 inch. I have used it dozen of times and it works perfectly fine. I end up with 1/4" of second fabric showing. And remember, it's 1/2" that is showing if you count the back side. Many people have tutorials for this. Go to thequiltingboard.com and in the search engine type in flange binding and lots of tutes will show up for this. There are many different sizes to cut the bindings but my size works! I'm not the best quilter out here, so if it works for me, it should work for anyone. If you think the sizes are wrong, you can find different sizes at The Quilting Board. There are 50,000 members on it and they have many sizes. Thank you

    ReplyDelete
  29. I didn't understand it either. But I wrote it down and just tried it on one quilt square. I worked beautifully. I use a quilt foot. So, I am using the 1/4" seam. And I did not quite get how I was going the do the stitch in the ditch on the opposite side. WOW. Haven't tried on one of my quilts yet. Like I said I cut and used on an unlined quilt square. It is beautiful. Made me go pull out all my squares and I become OCD. I can't explain it but I did not understand it either till I just went for it. Must not have had enough coffee that morning. But it is really easy and beautiful. Thank you. Looks a lot better than just binding with one single piece of fabric. And I use binding on a lot more than quilts.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Re-edit to my comment. You know what throws you off is that you take the two pieces sewn together and you IRON it in half, just like one piece of binding. Sew the raw edges to the edge of the quilt at the raw edge of the quilt. That's where I got lost. But, do it. When you turn it over you will understand the stitch in the ditch. That was where I got lost in the instructions. But, I am a hands on type so I had to just do the cuts as instructed. Sew raw edges to raw edges. Then flip to other side to understand. Hope that helps cause I HATE binding too. But, this is beautiful. Will work great on all my other projects too. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete