Quilt sandwiches, that is. Several clients’ quilts and a QOV for the larger quilt group to which I belong. I’ve been sandwiching/quilting the QOV (Quilts of Valor) for the group since I purchased my Sweet Sixteen (Ms. Sweetie). I use Sharon Schamber’s method of basting except that I pin-baste rather than thread. She made several videos explaining her process and they may be found here. It took me approximately 3 hours to pin-baste 4 quilts of various sizes. I’ve been doing it this way for a while now and my back thanks me!!!!!!
There have been several requests for me to explain the way I apply binding to quilts/table toppers that have corners greater than 90 degrees. The procedure is basically the same. Here’s one of many good videos to explain this from the cutting of the binding to the sewing. My photos show both the 90 degree corner and then the greater degree corner. Begin, as always, stitching with a 1/4” s.a. (seam allowance).Stop stitching 1/4” from the next edge of the quilt and backstitch to secure. Cut the threads.Fold the binding away from you (vertically) with its raw edges in line with the quilt edge you are about to stitch it to, then bring it down towards you.The upper fold formed will be even with the previous edge. Begin stitching at the upper edge, with a 1/4” s.a., and continue to the next corner.This is the corner in question. It is done the same way. Stitch up to 1/4” from the next quilt edge. Stop and secure threads. Clip threads. The right photo shows the stopping point. Fold the binding away from you, as before. Keep the raw edges in line with the next raw edge of the quilt. The fold it down towards you, forming a fold as shown in the following picture. I made this photo larger so it really shows how, this time, the fold appears a bit different than in a 90 degree corner. The right hand edge is in line with the quilt edge beneath. Begin stitching with a 1/4” s.a. as before from the upper edge continuing to the next corner.
When all of the first stitching is completed, it is time to wrap it around to the wrong side. This is when the miters are formed on the front and the back sides. The 90 degree corner is easily formed on the back for hand or machine stitching to secure/finish.
In the photos above, the photos on the left are the front/top sides of the quilt & stitched in the ditch (SID). The photos on the right are the back and I usually use a bobbin thread that matches the binding but for this tute, the white shows off better. The top thread is a color that will blend with the quilt top (usually a darker shade in order to disappear in the ditch).
Click on any of the photos to enlarge. Further questions?? Let me know……. Til next time…………