I applied double-fold bias binding to finish the edges of my quilt. I really don’t have a binding preference on square or rectangular quilts. Bias cut or straight of grain both work well. If my corners were rounded or edges scalloped, I would definitely use bias binding.
The final step before I could call the project complete involved embroidering a quilt label. I wanted something a little smaller for this quilt so I chose a simple bunny design. As you can see, I used some of the leftover binding to frame the label.
I want to mention one more thing regarding free motion quilting. An even rhythm (hand movement in sync with machine speed) produces even stitches. If you move your quilt too slowly, your stitches will be too small and possibly bunch up. Conversely, if you move your quilt too quickly, your stitches will be too large. Both practice and warm up really help you to find the right balance.
In the planning stage, try to find designs that flow nicely without too many starts and stops. Sometimes it’s fun to take traditional quilting designs and convert them for free motion quilting. As you draw them out on paper, it’s helpful to use numbers for the starting point, direction, and stopping point, simplifying them as much as possible.
I have lots of quilts floating around in my head and look forward to sharing the adventure with you.