5 Tips for show-worthy quilt binding

If you are resisting entering a quilt show because you are afraid your binding isn’t up to snuff, have no fear.  Here are a few tips to make it easier!

1) If you are finding that your binding does not feel as if the batting fills it all of the way to the edge, try cutting your binding strips 1/4″ smaller than you usually do.

2) You needn’t master the corner mitre.  A simple but well done binding will beat out a sloppy but complicated method every time!

3) When you connect strips together, use an angled seam to reduce bulk at a single point.

4) It is important that your binding is applied evenly; i.e., it shouldn’t appear 1/4 inch wide at one point and 1/2 inch wide elsewhere.  Be careful to sew an accurate seam width.  Use a guide on your machine if you need to.

5) Always use a thread that matches the binding fabric, both to apply the binding and to connect the strips together.  You want your thread to be as invisible as possible.

I used to hate doing binding.  One day I decided that my hobby can’t have parts that I hate, so I practiced binding until it wasn’t so bad. Now I look forward to the binding step.  Bound = finished, and that’s a good thing!
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2 Responses to 5 Tips for show-worthy quilt binding

  1. Lynne says:

    Thanks for the great tips.

  2. pq says:

    I’m glad you liked them!

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