In the quilt pictured, there’s a long story there… I have been sewing for about 40 years now. My lovely grandmother taught me on her old treadle machine when I was little. I made doll clothes and little blankies or my stuffed animals when I was about 5. I never let her church clothing scraps go to waste!! I did not try quilting until later in life, I was afraid. Why? I’m a perfectionist. I was afraid I’d never ever finish a quilt, because I’d be too fussy with it, always “fixing” something.
So one day on a personal challenge, I dared myself to prove I could do it, knowing nothing. Its just math, right? So I used my math knowledge and started to make a quilt. I knew nothing about 1/4 inch seams. I knew nothing about the 7/8ths rule for HSTs (half square triangles). I knew nothing at all about quilting, yet I designed that first nightmare on point ~ WHAT was I thinking?!?
Needless to say, while it did not turn out too bad, it is totally yuk compared to what I create now. So that original “top” sat on my shelf, staring back at me, saying “ha ha” for years.
My husband caught me trying to throw it away one day. “Oh, NO you don’t!” he said. If I didn’t want it, HE did. So again it sat. Then I saw it last week, and as a personal joke, I finished it (LOL “I’ll make him eat those words!” I thought).
Needless to say, that horrid math-lets-make-a-quilt-oh-my-this-is-terribly-bad quilt is now on his recliner, and he and my kids love it to death. Ewwww.
BINDING TOOL INSTRUCTIONS:
Small link chain, or 18-20 inch necklace or length of yarn
4-inch section of tubing* (or a toilet paper tube works in a pinch!)
length of binding for your quilt
(ha ha ~ don’t forget the sewing machine and thread and and and LOL)
* I save the remaining core of larger spools of threads, the ones that don’t have a lip on them, and the cardboard core of tulle spools work great too!
1. Make your quilt top as usual, sandwich, and quilt your pretties…
2. Measure your binding as you normally would, and create your length. Iron all 45-degree seams nice and neatly. (I always fold in half and check against my quilt before rolling to save frustration later of having to add one more strip).
3. Roll your binding neatly and uniformly, RSO (right-side facing out) on your tube. You can just put a small piece of Scotch tape on the end to secure it to your tube)
4. Thread your chain / yarn thru the hole of the tube to make a “necklace”.
5. Put your necklace on with the flap rolling out the UNDERSIDE. This will feed your binding onto your quilt edge RSD (right side down). Start sewing 9-12 inches from the edge, so you can miter that last edge once you’re sewn all the way around your quilt. The binding will AUTO FEED as you need it!
6. Smile because you didn’t have a pile of strips at your feet that could get caught under your chair wheels, or stepped on while sewing!
7. Fold over binding and hand-stitch to backside, and voila, you’re done!
TIME / SANITY SAVING TIP:
FYI: for a “fatter” binding (I like a meaty wider binding than normal), I use this little trick:
1. figure out how fat to make front edge of binding
2. apply scotch tape “flap” onto right edge of foot for a visual marker
3. don’t forget to measure that width, then multiple x4 and add 1/8 inch ~ to make your bulky binding the right size!
Here’s what the foot looks like:
**** Check out the “prize” my daughter won at the quilting retreat we attended in September – A BINDING BUDDY! Just add “string”!!! (she read the article and said, “You know, Mom, I won one of those at the Retreat!”