Quilt Finishing Techniques: Choosing a Binding – Quilting Daily

A Note from Vivika: Our online editor, Cate Prato, has recently delved into traditional quilting techniques including adventures in binding. I asked her to share her experience with you.

When it comes to quilt finishing, I’ve always resorted to an easy quilt binding like the pillowcase method. Sometimes I even leave a raw edge. Because I usually make small fabric collage quilts, these techniques have worked.

But the truth is, I’ve always been afraid to finish a quilt with a “real” quilt binding. The kind that involves cutting and stitching strips together, folding, and sewing to the quilt perimeter.

But recently I made two block quilts for home use, and I had to learn how to bind a quilt the old-fashioned way. I watched a quilt binding tutorial or two and took my time cutting and piecing. Then I machine stitched the binding to the front and hand stitched it to the back. Before you know it, I had finished binding the first quilt-a lap quilt–mitered corners and all.

I’ve heard it’s best to machine bind a quilt that’s going to get a lot of use, so I considered that method for the second quilt-a baby quilt. But, I was worried about getting the binding on evenly. I felt I had more control with the more traditional method.

So, I repeated that method with the baby quilt and that came out well, too. Picture me patting myself on the back.

The thing is, I think machine binding would be a useful skill to have. The more quilts you make, the more techniques you want at your disposal, right? So I tuned in as expert quilter (and vivacious personality) Jenny Kae taught Machine Quilt Binding Made Easy in an online webinar.

For quilters who want a fast, super-secure finish or who have trouble hand sewing, machine binding a quilt can be just the quilt finishing technique you’re looking for. Learn more and get instant access to this pre-recorded webinar.

For even more ideas for quilt binding and finishing, hop on over to our exclusive free download. From bias binding to mitered corners and making a quilt sleeve, there are many great methods to explore.


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