Beauty Bound

Beauty Bound

Hello Dear Friends and Readers.  At every step of the quilt making process, it’s amazing to see each incremental improvement, don’t you think?. … Even the most simple of quilts, takes on it’s own new beauty after quilting.   The texture and  three dimensionality bring it to life.  I think the same applies to binding.  It’s the frame which secures all the edges and gives it strength.   

Why We Quilt

Personally, I love binding.  Especially the hand stitching.  It’s like a special treat! I think it’s like one of my hygge places.  Curl up on a lounge with a matching thread and just quietly stitch.

The binding, although narrow does provide the last “frame” of the quilt.  It’s the finishing touch.  It contains all the edges and protects the sides of the quilt.

Prepare binding strips for quilts

Attaching Binding to a Quilt  Tutorial

I try to choose a fabric which really is complementary to the quilt   This a great time to add striped and directional fabrics for that extra statement  you can also use the fabric strips left over from your quilt backings  Those that come from the length of the fabric “the warp” will create very stable binding strips in long lengths, which can make binding easier, although I would not recommend this for curved bindings.

I like to make double fold bindings.  Some other suggestions for bindings can be curved bindings, double edged bindings, which add a lovely extra finish, scalloped edged bindings or bindings which follow the finished edge like in hexagon quilts

If you are in the camp of not enjoying bindings, here are some other suggestions.  Self binding, where the quilt backing is deliberately made larger, then folded to the front of the quilt and stitched down by machine.  Prairie point finishes or ruffled edge finished or even a lace edging.  All of these can be attached prior to quilting, then the backing is added, and the quilt turned and then quilted, or after quilting, providing  enough free edge is left to turn under later.

Once the binding is completed and the label is done then your work is finished and it’s time to move on……

Beauty Bound

Now the Journey is over
The label is done
This beauty is bound
To its new home it will come
This quilt has within it
Love that is sewn
Into each little square
How the hours have flown
As I sew those last stitches
I reflect with some sadness
This journey is over
But was made with much gladness
© Susan Stuklis 2017
This is a link to the quilt pattern.

Actually I made this quilt for my father as he was dying. I wanted to give him something from my heart and for his comfort.

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Happy sewing,


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