Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Still Learning...Binding, of all things!

 A few weeks ago my meeting of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild featured a lecture/trunk show by Oak Park quilters Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr.  It was so much fun to hear their approach to quilt design and quilting and very affirming of the work that I do.   Every step of their quilting is carefully thought out.  So when they talked about their binding method, my ears perked up - and I paid attention.  This illustration is from their 2007 book The Modern Quilt Workshop.  

Using 2" strips of fabrics (NOT cut on the bias) and a 25 mm bias tape maker (from Joann's for $7) and following these directions,  I'm now binding quilts even neater and faster than I was before.  And the look is tidy and sturdy from both sides. Following are pictures that illustrate each step of this binding process.

Weeks and Bill's new book Quilting Made Modern is just being released.  I'm sure I will have to buy it.

This little bias tape maker is such a simple tool.  Feeding a 2" strip through it starts with a diagonal cut.  The little handle?  Using your left hand to pull the tape maker, you hold your iron in your right hand.  Very very clever.



Unknown said...

Donna, does binding come at the end while finishing the quilt? Is it like making a final border to the quilt?

Donna said...

Exactly. Binding is a piece of folded fabric that encases the outer edges of the quilt. Often binding is sewn to the back side and then wrapped around to the front and hand-stitched down. This new method eliminates the hand-stitching part and still looks very neat and polished!

It's very thin, usually 1/2" - 3/4", which is too narrow for border. It's more like an "eyeliner" for the outer edge of the quilt!