In part two of this tutorial, I demonstrated how I sew binding to a quilt. Now I will show you how I prepare the edges of a quilt as I complete the binding process.
First, I take a quilt ruler and measure out to about a quarter-inch of the batting from the quilt top edge and trim with a rotary cutter. I leave this much batting in order to fill my binding. You don’t want empty binding, especially if you are thinking about showing your quilt.
Next, I trim the batting at the corners since this area can be bulky. I still keep a point on the batting since I want sharp corners.
I set the stitch length on my sewing machine to 3.0 mm and the stitch width to 4.5 mm. Using a bobbin filled with fusible thread, I now zig-zag stitch around the perimeter of my quilt. (Fusible thread will be on the back side of the quilt binding seam allowance.)
It’s now time to press the binding in place. I set my iron on steam and a cotton setting. Rolling the binding to the wrong side, I steam press it in place. I love this method because it avoids all pinning.
Once the binding cools, I blind stitch the intersection of my binding tails for extra security (this is optional). I then hand stitch the binding on the wrong side of the quilt.
I used my macro lens so that you could see some close-ups of my corners as well as the tail intersection.
Binding really is the happy ending to each quilt adventure. I hope you find my methods helpful.