Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Clever Binding Idea

Corner of quilt back - quilting extends to the edge
I have the very pleasant task of collecting and delivering quilts our guild members make for local kids. Each year, we make about 140 quilts and they go directly to children in our area. Some kids are in the hospital, some are with their mothers as they get help with alcoholism, and some are being helped by the local Family Promise program. Forty go to our local Headstart program for nap time.

A wonderful quilt was in our donation box last month - guild members leave them there and we often have no idea who made them. It has a very clever binding idea for us all.

The quilt backing is flannel. Notice that the very cool quilting extends to the very edge of the quilt.

Extra backing was included. It is folded to the front to make a generous self binding.

Corner of quilt front
The binding measures about 1.5''. Notice it is hand stitched in place and mitered at the corners.

I'd love to know who donated this quilt and how you learned this technique. It makes a very sturdy and practical finish for a child's quilt.


  1. Great idea. Love the quilting on this one too.

  2. That is a nice quilt, and quilting pattern. I'd love to know how to do this without getting big lumps in the corners. All I've found so far, is how to miter corners using separate binding.

  3. Go here: http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/finishing-binding-on-quilts/
    About the middle of the article you'll see the method of bring the back forward and mitering the corners. Very easy to do.

  4. great tutorial - thanks for sharing that!

  5. This is how my grandmother bound her quilts for years. It is an old style that seems to be coming back again.

  6. One of my local guild friends does hundreds of quilts for kids her in the high desert of so cal. She uses this method for finishing her quilts. Goes quickly and looks good. I have an old quilt from the 40's that does the same thing. Not many of us get thrilled about binding a quilt except for the idea of finishing!

  7. As a hand quilter, who has been quilting for 30+ years, I have used this many times although I have never made it 1.5 inches in depth. It's not a new technique.

  8. My mom used this technique for years. The problem is that the edges wear through much more quickly that the current methods. It is, however, very easy to do.