Mama Knits Crochets and Quilts

Mama Knits Crochets and Quilts

A mom and needle craft blog

Bindings and Labels

All my pieces are cut out for the borders of my Lone Star quilt, both fabric and batting.  I need to do some quilting, some assembly, some more quilting, and then I’ll be ready for binding.  Since I don’t have any curved edges, I don’t need bias-strip binding.  Straight strip binding is easier to cut, a more efficient use of fabric, and less likely to pull out of shape while using.  Basically you cut enough strips to give you the right length to go all around the outside of your quilt, sew the strips together end to end (I do that on a 45 degree angle), press the now very long strip in half so you have a very long and skinny strip.  Then sew the binding strip to the outside edge of your quilt, lining up raw edges and putting the binding strip on the right side of the quilt and machine stitching with that right side facing up.  Next you press the binding strip away from the right side of the quilt and around to the back side.  The very last step is to hand sew the back edge of the binding strip (this will be the fold you made earlier) to the backing fabric of the quilt.  This covers up the raw edge and finishes everything off nicely.  I usually don’t like hand sewing, but for some reason I really like sewing the binding strip in place.  It does take a while, but never as long as I think it will, and it just looks so nice.  The very very last thing is to add a label documenting the quilt.  I’ll talk more about this later, because it is something I’ve been inconsistent about doing; I need to do some research and decide how I want to do this on my quilts, and after I pick my method, I will both do it and talk about it!