Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Binding Closure-Diagonal Seam Tutorial

I finished my July 4th tablerunner! This was a fun and fast pattern from Bloom Creek. It's also the first time I combined leftover charm pack squares from 3 different fabric lines, and it turned out better than I had imagined!

Are you like me --- attention to detail is foremost in your quilting? When I first began quilting I used the old method of tucking the tail of your binding into the folded end where you begain stitching your binding to the quilt edge. I never liked this method - I felt it gave a sort of unfinished, bulky look to the edge of my quilts. Then somewhere along the way I learned a much better and more finished look in attaching my binding to the quilt. Today I'm going to attempt to show you this method. This is my first tutorial, so forgive me if I don't make sense anywhere and feel free to email me with questions you might have!

Let's get started. Begin by sewing your binding to the quilt - you all know how to do that - then leave a 10" unsewn opening on one edge of the quilt. I always use a 2 1/4" binding because I like the way it looks. You can use any size binding strips with this method. This next step is very important. Lay the remaining binding in place, overlapping the binding by the width of your binding strip - in this case I overlapped the binding by 2 1/4 inches, because my binding strips were cut at 2 1/4 inches. Cut off the remaining excess.
Next unfold the ends of the binding, place them right sides together, perpendicular to each other, and mark the diagonal seam line. Pin in place and sew down the length of your marked line. Trim the seam to 1/4" and press seam open.
Sew the remaining length of binding to the quilt, which if you measured correctly, will perfectly fit your 10 inch opening! You will have a diagonal seam that looks exactly like the rest of the seams where you joined your lengths of binding!
Remember, your binding can be any width as long as the overlap equals that width!

It amazes me that this isn't a quilting standard as it makes a very neat, finished edge. Most new patterns I purchase still show the old method I described at the beginning of this post. Again, feel free to email me if you need clarification on any of the steps.

22 comments:

Ulla said...

This is my favourite binding method too, and your tutorial makes perfect sense. - Your July 4th looks great.

Quilt Hollow said...

Your runner is lovely and so perfect for summer!!

Linda B said...

Wow, how easy! I've been trying to find instructions for that method. Thanks.
I love the runner. The designs keep flipping and changing. Really cool pattern.

Stephanie said...

Just in time for Flag Day and 4th of July. Love it. That's exactly how I do my bindings. Perfect every time.

Kigwit said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I try to finish my binding this way but was always stymied by where to cut the binding to make it the correct length! I'm really glad to know this now.

Cindy said...

Ooh, I'm liking your July 4th tablerunner, Candace.

Nice job on the tutorial - and great photos too!

Kaaren said...

I only learned this method about 6 months ago, Candace and I absolutely love it. Your tutorial made absolute sense to me and was very easy to follow.

Your runner is simply drop dead gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

I just learned this method a couple of years ago and love it. You are right it fits perfectly when completed. Love your little runner! Louise

Trisha said...

Love that table runner! So cute. That is the only way I bind now. I used to do it the other way too. I used to get out a quilt magazine with a tutorial every time I attempted it for a long time. Somewhere along the way I didn't need the magazine anymore.

Darlene said...

Your runner is adorable. :-)

I use a very similar method to finish off my binding - works everytime.

Awesome tutorial, Candace.

Lisa D. said...

I love your tablerunner, Candace. Especially that center star that looks like a flag! Great pictures on your tutorial. That is the way I do my bindings too and I love the way the join comes together. I need to print out your pictures, though, because they are much clearer than the ones I have from an old quilt magazine. Thank you!

Sharon said...

Great description. I too, posted a tutorial on this method. And yes, it should be a quilting standard. I show it whenever I teach, regardless of the class content.

Mary said...

Very nice tutorial. Every time I sew on a binding, I tell myself to do it your way. Today I will do it........I just finished quilting another baby quilt.

AnnieO said...

Very pretty little patriotic quilt there! I have used this binding closure method for a long time and like you, wonder why they continue to show the old way in so many patterns--even my fave magazine AP&Q has the old way. It isn't difficult and looks soooo much better. Now, if you could do a tutorial on how to avoid ALWAYS having a binding seam end up at at least one corner of the quilt, that would be great!

Shakerwood said...

I was taught that method several years ago and can't think what I did before then! I just love it.

Barb said...

What a lovely table runner....thanks for the tutorial!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

It is great. I have a pattern Nedra gave me and I should use it and make a table runner for the Memorial Day holiday. Not going to happen I am afraid.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

That's my method Candace and I think you described it perfectly.

Jackie said...

Candace, your tutorial highlights the part I forget every time. Then I get a bit paralyzed because I'm afraid I'm going to cut the binding too short!

Wonderful table runner. I bookmarked the pattern page. While looking through the patterns, I realized I just purchased a couple of their patterns.

Kay said...

That does make sense and seems simple. There's another way to do it that I use, but it seems complicated. Works though.

Stephanie D. said...

I've seen this done, and think it looks great, but have never mastered it. I'm going to try this on some placemats I did for my daughter.

One question, Candace, if you're making a small wall hanging, and don't have ten inches without rounding a corner, will it still work?

viv218 said...

I just used your quilt binding closure method. I had heard it before, but it was never explained as well as you did it. Thank you so much!