We are continuing with the same quilt, the Tulip applique quilt design which is available here. This is also the design that features in my first Creative Challenge, so I hope you will find this post useful if you are taking part.
Preparing your quilt
The first thing to do is to trim the edges of your completed quilt. Although we trimmed the blocks and measured the seam allowances when we sewed them together, it’s likely that there will be a few uneven joins along the edge. Use your rulers and rotary cutter to trim each side of the quilt.
Measure all around your quilt to determine how much binging you will need. My nine blocks made a quilt 24” x 24″, so I need 96″ of binding.
Make the binding
Cut strips from your binding fabric on the bias, 3″ wide.
You will need to join the bias strips. Place the diagonal ends across each other and stitch together. Press the seam to one side.
Cut one end of the bias strip square and press in 1/4″. Open out again.
Fold the binding so the raw edges meet, seams to the inside. Press lightly.
Attach the binding
Now pin the binding along the edge of the quilt, all raw edges matching, and leaving the first inch free, stitch almost to the corner. You will need to stop the stitching before the corner to allow the binding to turn.
I stitched a 1/2″ seam allowance because I have a linen fabric that fray easily. If you are using a more stable fabric like a quilting cotton, you could sew a 1/4″ seam. Because my seam allowance was 1/2″, I stopped 1/2″ before the end. You can just see the vanishing pen mark on the fabric where I stopped stitching.
Turn the corner
Turning the corner to make a neat mitre is easier than it looks. Because you stopped the stitching short of the end, you can now fold the binding up to make a tidy angle.
Now you need to bring the binding straight down to meet the edge on the next side. Pin level with the previous stitching. This is where the next stitching will start.
Continue stitching as before, and turn the remaining corners in exactly the same way.
Join the ends together
When you get back to the beginning, fold in the end you pressed to start with. Trim the binding so the ends overlap and tuck one inside the other. Stitch across the join.
Turn binding to wrong side, creating a mitre at the corners. Fold and pin along each edge. At the corners, fold over neatly.
Finishing the binding
From the front, stitch in the ditch all around the quilt, along the edge of the binding.
Congratulations! You have completed your quilt. Now take a photo and show us what a fab job you did!
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