jill here... latest on my list!
|Modern Quilt Relish Taffy Twist in Marcus Fabrics Next Wave|
This Taffy Twist is a wedding gift that will keep some newlyweds in California warm. Sounds kind of crazy to send a warm quilt that direction after all the cold we've had here.
King sized quilts are BIG! Not to complain but they are heavy and cumbersome...especially when it comes to binding. I usually machine bind by sewing the 2.5" binding to the front, turning to the back and stitching in the ditch from the front (catching the folded edge, most of the time). I've gotten pretty good at it but its a multi-step process, two passes through the machine and there is a lot of quilt to corral.
Marny suggested that I use a one-step method to bind with a decorative stitch. I planned on a "forgiving" print binding fabric so now seemed like a the perfect opportunity to try something new. I tested out several stitch options and decided on one that was a little more complex than a zig zag but still had some decorative interest.
I googled one step binding and came up with wrapping the backing around to the front. Wouldn't work here. I decided to design my own one step wrapped binding. I needed 400 " of binding. I cut my 11 strips 3" wide, mitered the WOF seams (for better seam allowance distribution) and folded it essentially into thirds. This leaves two layers of fabric at the top of the fold, where the wear is the greatest.
Marked 45 degree seams....
Chained the strips...
Trimmed the seam allowance to 1/4 inch...
Pressed the seam open....
Folded 1" up from the bottom...
Folded the remaining 1" over, not quite to the bottom.
|Pressed the trifold binding in half.|
|At the corner, with a straight stitch, I sewed the end of the fold.|
This keeps the miter from popping out.
|One pin to hold the miter...|
|I fixed my stitch and started again on the next side.|
When I rounded back to my starting side, I stopped
with 8 " to spare, mitered the two ends together, trimmed
and pressed the same. I then stitched the final stretch with the decorative stitch
|Much, much faster with good, sturdy results!|
|All that's left is a label!|
The back is another story....
Till next Tuesday,,,