Saturday, April 24, 2010

At last, a finish!

The Quilts for Kids charity quilt got finished last night.  It took three nights for me to get the quilting done and label put on, binding made and attached; last night the binding was stitched down and the little quilt got its bath.  Here's my method for machine applying binding on a quilt that I know is going to be washed a lot.

After making the binding and ironing it in half lengthwise, I accordion pleat it like so:

Then I put it into a drawer of my sewing desk (ignore the chipped paint and missing handle--this is mid century metal furniture I inherited from Grant, who had it since he was a kid) and close it almost all the way, leaving the tail ready to be pulled up to my machine.
 I stitch the binding to the back of the quilt, following a line of basting sewn a scant 1/4" from the edge of the quilt top. I do this after I complete the machine quilting. The binding is sewn on in the traditional fashion, turning the corners and joining the tails diagonally.

After trimming away the excess batting and backing, I turn the binding to the front.  The only thing I pin are the corners, as I come to them.  I have long fingers so I can hold down a good section of the binding as I sew.

This is a three-step zig zag stitch and as you can see, it holds down the binding very securely and looks good. 

For the machine quilting, I just did simple diagnoal "cross hatch" with a wavy line (no marking needed), outlined the border, and did a couple of wavy lines in the border.  I called my quilt "Spotbot's Day Out", as there is a little robot dog on a leash held by one of the robots in the print.  Now the hard part will be getting this in the mail! 


julieQ said...

I like that method!! Smart idea about the binding...last time I hung the binding around the iron accidentally and you can guess where the iron wound up!

*karendianne. said...

Annie, that is completely cool! I love seeing this. Thanks for sharing and, ummm, giving me finger envy. Short fingers. :)

Quilt Hollow said...

Enjoyed the visit here today!

Vivian said...

Cute quilt. Love that checked binding.
You changed your blog layout. I like the spring look of your header.

Pokey said...

It's a nice happy finish, Annie, great little guy quilt! Your new header is really nice, the colors show up better than your post of the quilt top originally, and it is lovely!

Cynthia L. said...

I am getting ready to bind a Quilt for Kids quilt. I was glad to see how you did it. I have never put the binding on the back. I like that you used a zig zag stitch on the binding, it should keep it nice and tight as they requested. Very cute quilt!

Tanya said...

Great idea for putting binding on. That's always been a hand job for me but I'll try your way in a future quilt. Thank you.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I just made binding EXACTLY like that.