Quilter’s Questions: In A Bind

I’m not sure what it is but I’m awful at binding!

I’ve had success before but lately my binding is getting worse and worse.

This project was the real kicker for me. It pointed out how poorly I was doing and how much I still had to learn.

When I started quilting I didn’t realize all the steps that went into completing a quilt. I just thought you played with color and patterns. I didn’t realize so much went into it.

This has been my go to video and has worked for me for some time. But it’s still not really feeling comfortable. Maybe I just need practice. But I’m curious to find out if there are other ways to bind a quilt that might be easier .

So I’m on the hunt! I’m looking for different ways to bind a quilt. Here is another tutorial I found using a different method to make the binding. Instead of folding the binding strip in half, you fold and press the two edges into the center. I’ll have to try this one soon.

On Pinterest, I found another way. It’s considered a cheater binding but I’m all for finding  simple way to do something if I can 🙂 I don’t consider it cheating.

My quilter’s question is: What is your favorite way to bind a quilt? Do you stick to what is the usual way to bind or do you have a method that is a little different?

I’m open to suggestions although I realize that most of my problem is just that I need to practice.  

11 thoughts on “Quilter’s Questions: In A Bind

  1. I did several quilts before I learned the “right” way to do binding. And in fact there are several ways to do it, so when I say “right,” I’m talking about a double-fold straight-grain binding, with hand-stitching to finish. And it took several more years before I learned a couple more tricks to make the last joint invisible. Now that is the only way I would do that.

    As to machine finishing or hand finishing, if you take small, even stitches to the underside of the binding, that will always look nicer than a machine finish. This is TRUTH (in my opinion.) There is no way to machine finish and replicate that. BUT I do use machine finishing for half or more of my quilts anymore, because it is fast, and it doesn’t strain my neck to do it, as hand-stitching does. (I must have weird posture…) And I haven’t ever “perfected” machine finishing. Sometimes it looks great. Other times not so much. I think it is a thing I need to practice more…

    Here is a tutorial I wrote that might help you. Let me know if you have questions.
    https://catbirdquilts.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/binding-tips/

    • Super appreciate your thoughtful respond and the link! I’ll check it out! I’m starting to lean toward machining the binding onto the quilt then hand stitching it in front to get that invisible finish. I think my very first quilt was finished that way. Have a great day!!

  2. I struggle with binding as well and have been trying a variety of methods to find ones I really like. I find there are 3 ‘problem areas’: getting nicely mitered corners, getting a nice binding join, and the visibility/evenness of your stitches. I don’t have too many problems with getting the mitered corners to come out well, but I like the trick of sewing out at a 45 degree angle at the end of each side, the folding the binding to continue along the side. It seems to guarantee a nice miter.

    I have given up entirely on doing a mid-side binding join. I never like how they turn out. Instead I finish at a corner and use Ricky Tim’s method to finish the corner (it’s in his Grande Finale DVD). This is a similar method: http://flourishingpalms.blogspot.jp/2009/06/binding-tutorial_12.html.

    My biggest problem is the evenness of the stitches. Mine tend to go in and out of the ditch or not line up on the back when I machine finish. Like Melanie, if I really want to have my binding look good, I hand sew down the back of the binding. It gives the best finish for me…though I don’t really like hand sewing so I am constantly looking for a way to machine bind more neatly. I think it may just be a question of practice. I really like Ricky Tim’s piped binding method (again, Grande Finale) and it gives me very good results despite some wobbles, but not all quilts call for a piped binding. There must be a good way to make sure your binding is lined up front and back and that your stitches fall in the right place..when you discover it, please share!

    I also really like facing for my wall hangings. It is easy and I love the finish. I am not sure it is suitable for a larger quilt…it may well be, i just don’t really know. Here’s a tutorial I like: http://thesillyboodilly.blogspot.jp/2012/09/tutorial-super-duper-easy-way-to-face.html

    • I’m the opposite. I’ve done one hand sewn finish but I machined everything else. I’m not always happy with the result so I’m down for a better method!

      • This was an interesting way to do the final cut of the binding. It is part 3 of 4 in a series, I have not seen the others yet. I also looked at a few others blogs who were reviewing information on binding finish techniques. I will remerge you with those sites in case they might help you. I had a few fails with my first quilts, then scoured the internet for better methods. I currently cut 2.25 inch strips, fold them over and do the mitered corner by stopping at 1/4 inch prior to the corner and folding over the binding for the miter and sewing that down. I always press the binding away from the front so it is easy to fold over to hand sew the back. Weeks Ringle has an interesting method to attach all by machine (as they sew commercially). I have yet to try this, but plan to at some point when I am churning out quilts for a local shelter. If I cannot perfect the technique, however, Ill continue to finish by hand as a good binding really sets off a quilt and a poorly done one detracts, I think. Will search for the other sites now to send to you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w5npghs4V8

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