Finishing

binding

Baste around the quilt 3⁄16" from the edges. Trim the batting and backing 1⁄4" beyond the edge of the quilt top.

To add a sleeve to your quilt for hanging, see the instructions below.

To prepare the binding strips, place the ends of 2 binding strips perpendicular to each other, right sides together. Stitch diagonally and trim to 1⁄4". In this way, join all the strips and press the seam allowances open.

Cut the beginning of the binding strip at a 45° angle. Fold the binding strip in half along the length, wrong sides together, and press.

Starting in the middle of a side and leaving a 6" tail of binding loose, align the raw edges of the binding with the edge of the quilt top. Begin sewing the binding to the quilt using a 1⁄4" seam allowance. Stop 1⁄4" from the first corner; backstitch. Remove the needle from the quilt and cut the threads.

Fold the binding up, then back down even with edge of the quilt. Begin stitching 1⁄4" from the binding fold, backstitch to secure and continue sewing. Repeat at all corners.

When nearing the starting point, leave at least 12" of the quilt edge unbound and a 10" to 12" binding tail. Smooth the beginning tail over the ending tail. Following the cut edge of the beginning tail, draw a line on the ending tail at a 45º angle. To add seam allowance, draw a cutting line 1⁄2" out from the first line; make sure it guides you to cut the binding tail 1⁄2" longer than the first line. Cut on this second line.

To join the ends, place them right sides together. Offset the points so the strips match 1⁄4" in from the edge and sew. Press the seam allowances open. Press the section of binding in half and then finish sewing it to the quilt. Trim away excess backing and batting in the corners only to eliminate bulk.

Fold the binding to the back of the quilt, enclosing the extra batting and backing. Blindstitch the binding fold to the backing, just covering the previous line of stitching.

 

sleeve for hanging

Sleeve edges can be caught in the seam when you sew the binding to the quilt. Cut the strip(s) listed in the pattern and join for length needed. Press allowances to one side. Hem the short ends of the sleeve by folding under 1⁄2\", pressing, then folding and pressing once more; topstitch close to the edge of the hem. Fold the sleeve in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, matching raw edges. Center the sleeve on the back and top of the quilt and baste. Sew the binding to the quilt. Once the binding has been sewn, smooth the sleeve against the backing and blindstitch along the bottom and along the ends of the sleeve, catching some of the batting in the stitches.

 

 

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