Bias Binding for Hexagon Quilt
Hello Dear Friends and Readers. and welcome to todays post. I thought I would share with you my bias binding finish for the Grandmothers Garden Quilt like Grandma Used to make. I have noticed over the years reading posts about hexagon quilts, that one of the questions often asked is “How will I finish the edges of my quilt?“because obviously they are for the most part not straight.
I think from my point of view there are a few options. I think it will also depend on the size of the hexagons to some extent.
One method is to appliqué the edges to a finishing border, which is a great idea especially if the quilt needs to be a bit bigger or you feel like it needs “framing“.
The next method would be to just straighten the edges using a rotary cutter. Personally I didn‘t want to do that. Or, on a similar note, make partial hexagons to fill in the edges to make them straight. This is what I opted to do for two of the sides where there were empty half hexagon shapes and that seemed logical for those two sides.
The next method is to let the hexagon shapes be the feature and just bind the zig zag edges. This is what I did for the other two sides. I just finished hand quilting this quilt. Here is the link All In Hand – Lessons In Hand Quilting
Obviously the bias binding is cut on the bias. Rather thasn reinventing the wheel, here is a nice short video on how to fold and cut the fabric. I used this method from Red Hart Quilts.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dgB4Hc_Xe4
Requirements for the Bias Binding for Hexagon Quilt
I cut at least 10 metres of bias binding for finishing the
Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt Like Grandma Used to Make All the links are in the post for details on how I made this quilt.
Joining the pieces together was a cinch as all the ends were already cut at a 45 degree angle.
After joining all the lengths together and rolling up the length it was time to attach it to the quilt edges.
Attaching the Bias Binding to an Uneven Edge
When applying the binding I sewed up to “V“ point keeping the needle down then pivoting the binding fabric to realign it with the quilt edge.
Then sew to the point of the hexagon stopping 1/4“ from the corner, needle down and pivot the quilt and the binding fabric to realign the edges again continuing in this manner until all the binding was applied.
It was not necessary to make any folds in the binding edge as would normally be done for right angle corners. that is the beauty of making bias binding which has some stretch.
Then it was just a matter of handstitching the binding to the back of the quilt.
Here is the finished quilt.
It is a pretty good day finishing a hand made quilt. 😊
Thank you for joining me today. If you enjoyed this post, you may also like
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Have a great day,