|Making the first bias cut
|Starting to cut the strips from the tube
|The binding rolled up and put into a baggie
|The baggie of binding feeding into the machine
Two or three things are critical when sewing binding on scalloped edges. You have to pivot your needle at every dip between the scallops. You have to "push" a little extra fabric around the outside edges as you sew so that there will be enough at the outer edge of the binding when it's turned. And the final thing is that you need to fold a crease in the binding as it's flipped over the edge in every dip between the scallops. If you're ever looking for an excellent book on binding, check out Mimi Dietrich's "Happy Endings". She has written clear and concise instructions with drawings.
|Extra fabric on outside curve; pin marking pivot point
|Binding sewn to front
|Pin the tuck on the front
After the binding is sewn to the front, you have to gently turn it to the back side and pin it with a cast of thousands of pins. Don't forget to pin the front fold first to keep that tucked inside. Slip stitch the back in place. And finally, give it a good press.
|lots of pins
OK, so here's the quilt. I tracked my hours just because I was curious. What would you guess? It took 14 hours to finish the binding on this 75" x 92" quilt. I hope she likes it!
|Leslie Hinton Dresden plate quilt