Binding is the finishing touch which is added once a quilt has been quilted. OK, adding a label or hanging sleeve may also be needed, but those are other topics of discussion.
It is like washing dishes – something that has to be done, but has no glamor. The piecing makes a pretty picture using shapes and colors while quilting can draw beautiful designs. But binding is just something that keeps the edges together.
Talk to quilters and eventually the topic comes to adding binding to their quilts. Bias or not, Economy, Single Fold, Double Fold, Diagonal vs. Straight joining, No binding (pillow-cased), Hand stitching vs. Machine stitching.
Donna Robertson has shared her method of Economy Binding on her blog, Fabric Fun 3-Yard Quilt Binding 101 (economy binding).
Economy Binding is standard for the 3-Yard Bundle Quilt Patterns available at Fabric Café. This is a Single-Fold binding that uses less than 1/4 yard of fabric.
Cut the number of binding strips required for the quilt size 1-1/4 inches x WOF. Sew the strips together with a straight seam.
Fold in half wrong-sides together and iron. Then iron one side in to meet the middle crease.
Hop on over and see her tutorial on how to complete the Economy Binding.
Next week I’ll share some more binding tutorials.