Binding First Sewn onto the Back
The first project is a small wholecloth baby quilt I made while trying out longarm quilting and posted here. I intended for the floral to be the front of the quilt and the gingham plaid to be on the back.
|Bias Binding sewn by machine|
This was the first time I sewed the binding onto back of the quilt and then brought it to front to finish the topstitching. And it was the the first time I tried sewing down bias bindng by machine.
The binding strips were cut 2 1/4" wide. I didn't want too much to fold over nor did I want to be short either.
I pinned the binding every 1 to 2 inches or so. At the corners, I folded them where I would be sewing straight over the fold at the corner rather than against the fold. (Does that make sense?) See if you tell by the photo what I mean. The bottom was folded over first and then the left side folded over.
|Binding pinned in place for machine sewing|
I used my Clover seam ripper to gently nudge the binding in place before topstitching. It has a rounded point and worked perfectly with the bias since it had more give then crossgrain binding.
|Clover seam ripper used to nudge the fabric in place before sewing|
Please excuse my well-used maching quilting gloves, but I usually wear them while sewing on bindng as they really help to manuver the quilt.
|Wearing machine quilting gloves help to guide the quilt while sewing on binding|
In the corners, I did back stitch once in each direction just to reinforce the seam with all the bulk and it is really not noticable.
|Machine sewn bias binding|
With this method of sewing the binding to back of the quilt first and then topstitching on the front, the bobbin thread or stitching line will be visible on the back of the quilt. I was pleased with the binding width of 2 1/4" because after I sewed on the binding using a 1/4" seam allowance, the stitching line was an 1/8" or less from the edge.
|Four corners of quilt after sewing binding down by machine|
I just love the quilt all rolled up. It was taken to my December guild meeting where it will be taken to Marys House, an emergency shelter providing temporary housing for women and their children fleeing domestic violance.
Binding First Sewn onto the Front
In the second method of sewing on binding by machine I first sewed the binding onto the front of the quilt and folded the binding to backside pinning in place. But, instead of sewing the binding down from the back, I stitched in the ditch from the front.
|Placemat made for recipient of Meals on Wheels|
Here you can better see the where I stiched in the ditch from the front on these placemats made from a Susan Winget botanical fat quarter bundle received as a door prize. My guild made over 300 placemats which were delivered in December to recipients of Meals on Wheels in Pickens County.
|Placemats made for recipients of Meals on Wheels|
By stitching in the ditch from the front, you are blindly stitching the binding to the backside. Precise pinning is the key to nice topstitching on the back. Two quilts I bound using this method are Free Ride, an appliqued elephant baby quilt and Sundae Plus, another baby quilt.
|Backside of placemats after sewing down the binding by machine|
I am happy to report that sewing the binding on this baby quilt completes my One Montly Goal for December and am linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for December's link up.
And completing these placemats counts toward a finish for 2016 Q4 Finish-A-Long and will be linking to Q4 Finish-A-Long link-up.
Excited to get these charity projects finished by year end, I'm also linking to Finish It Up Friday, Finished or Not Firday, Fabric Frenzy Friday, Whoop Whoop Friday and Show Off Saturday.