Though not as exciting as piecing a top and watching a quilt develop into something pleasant to see, preparing a binding is an important part of making a quilt. It is the finishing touch. Ok, except for the label, but that’s for another post.
Here I have pressed the Economy Binding (1-1/4” strips) for the Fabric Café Pinwheel Top I just finished.
A spray bottle filled with water is very important for me in this process. I use my iron dry, but steam does help this binding keep it’s creases. So, I spray my binding before ironing it in half.
Here I’m turning one side in for 1/4” edge, but don’t want to spray the fabric again which would relax the first crease. So instead, I have some muslin covering my ironing board and just spray the muslin before laying the binding strip down for the second ironing. Using this method I get the benefits of steam without getting my fingers injured by the steam spraying out of the iron.
And, of course, I use my trusty Clapper to hold in the steam and set the seam. Thanks, Ralph! This really makes a sharp crease!
After the binding strip is cool, I wrap it around a piece of cardboard to help maintain the crease.
I tuck the loose end under one of the other strips and carefully pull the bundle off the cardboard.
Then I store the Binding bundle in a snack sized zipped plastic storage bag.
Add a 3”x5” card or Post-It Note with the name of the quilt and any other information to help you remember and store in a safe place. Now you have your binding all ready for after you quilt your quilt (is there another way of saying that?) or when your quilt returns from the Long-Arm Quilter.
I have found that there may be some time between when I finished a top and when I need to add the binding. If I prepare the binding after I complete the top, I don’t run the risk of forgetting what that piece of fabric is for and accidently using it in another project.
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