And a tutorial on how I use the back fabric of a quilt to make the binding
This is the first hand-quilting work I have made, some 10 years ago. I attended a course where we made a sandwich, mark the top and played with a tiny needle.
Last week, I decided to make an ironing mat with it, instead of just keeping it folded somewhere. While stitching, I took pictures and made a tutorial that you can find below. There are pdf copies on my web site, in French and in English.
In the tutorial, you will see my new method of making corners. I am still wondering how to call them. I find they give the quilt a middle age look. Don’t you agree?
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How I Use the Back Fabric of a Quilt to Make the Binding – Tutorial
Trace a line all around the perimeter of your quilt to mark the edges; this will coincide with the finished edges. I use a pencil.
Following your drawn lines, cut the top fabric and the batting. Make sure you do not cut the back fabric.
Trace a line on the back fabric at a distance of 1.5 cm / 1/2” from the edges of your top fabric. You can make the line at 2 cm / 3/4” or 2.5 cm / 1” from the edges if you want larger borders. Cut the back fabric along the line.
Fold the binding fabric twice. Start sewing it. I prefer to sew it by hand, but you can use a sewing machine. If you sew by hand, make sure you do not go through the back fabric. Fold the corner fabric.
Fold the tip of the corner fabric.
Continue sewing until you reach the corner fabric.
Prepare the fabric on the other side of the corner and pin into place. Insert your needle through the top fabric and the batting and bring it out at the other side of the corner.
Make all the corners in the same manner. They don’t have to be perfect.
Continue sewing until you have stitched the whole perimeter.