When I quilt, I stick with the basic patchwork style. I’ll usually pick three or four coordinating fabrics, cut a bunch of 6″ squares and have at it. I’ll do a diagonal pattern, a diamond pattern or something completely sporadic and random. This is the way I’ve done it since high school.
When it comes to finishing off the raw edges, or “binding” the quilt, I’ve always sewn a very basic border around the entire quilt. Using a method I learned from my high school sewing teacher. I would consider this an alternative to binding, because you’re using the same fabric that will make up the back of your quilt.
First I’ll explain how to sew this alternative binding, (my basic border). Then I’ll show you where to find instruction on how to sew a more complicated mitered quilt binding.
- When you go to lay out your quilt, make sure the fabric you’re using for the backing is larger than the quilt top.
- Lay the backing design-side down, and place the batting or filling on top. Make sure the batting is at least an inch larger than the quilt top all the way around.
- Place the quilt-top on top of the batting.
- The batting should peek out from the quilt-top about one inch, and you want the backing to be about 2 inches beyond the batting.
- If the backing is too large, trim to the appropriate size (about 2 inches past batting)
- Now simply fold the backing over the edge batting edge and pin to the quilt top. Making a border. It should overlap the quilt-top about a quarter inch.
- Do this all the way around the quilt.
- Once you’ve completed this, the corners will gather where they meet.
- In order to create a smooth seam here, trim the edges down and roll the fabric under, pinning as you go along the corner. It will look like an arrow.
- Sew along all pinned lines and your quilt is complete.
If you’re working on a quilting project that is a little more in-depth and uses more techniques than a basic patchwork quilt, I suggest following this instructional video given by Connecting Threads.com. This is one quilter who knows what she’s doing!
For more quilting patterns, check out the Quilting Section at FaveCrafts.