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September 23rd, 2017 at 10:03 am

Binding Binding Binding

I knew it was a challenge for me to do actual quilting – mostly because it is the employs the science of chaos.

So, I decided to work on binding the 3 projects I have had sitting here waiting. I discovered a couple of great ‘tricks’ that made this process so much easier.

  • Making binding strips:

I did discover a great process that really made a difference when connecting the strips of fabric.

I use a small piece of painters tape aligned with the needle and this allows me to have a straight line to use a a guide as I sew the 45 degree angle. Basically the needle and the top of the two pieces of fabric are all aligned together, then I have the lower(extended) line to align the bottom of this connection to and use that to follow/guide the material under the needle.

It was a success the first time – which is probably why I kept making binding and was able to do the binding on all 3 little projects.  It made a huge difference in this tedious part of the project.

  • Attaching Binding

There are so many parts to this process that I am still struggling with but, I randomly came up with this little tidbit and it made such a difference.

Once I had the binding strips all sewn together, trimmed and ironed, I didn’t know what to do with them. So for the time being I wound them up on this large left over spool that I had laying around (usually the dog gets these to chew on, I guess she missed this one).

When I was ready to attach the binding strip, i was struggling trying to control everything that was going to have to happen. Then it dawned on me, I took the spindle that I had the trips wound onto, removed the two I wasn’t going to use, created a sling (using a scrap piece of ribbon that was laying around) and hung the spindle from the table. 

 

Now, on to the next hassle, getting the binding to look half way decent.

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