It was just about the first time I had sat down to the machine since then as well, although I did manage to squeeze in an hour or so on Wednesday.
I put the binding onto Karen's (not her real name) quilt. If you'd like to see my previous post, you will find it here.
I took it to Stitching Hearts a few weeks back, and Robin quilted it for me on her long arm. It is a full queen size, so not manageable on my DSM.
While attaching the binding, I was thinking about the way I do it - I use my walking foot and quilting gloves, and I don't cut off the excess until after I have attached the binding. I find that leaving the extra fabric & wadding on:
- gives the walking foot more room on which to feed the fabric;
- my hands have more fabric to grasp to guide the seam;
- and I can even off any slightly wavy edges, by using the edge of the binding as a seam guide instead of the edge of the quilt top.
I then cut off the excess using the seam as a cutting guide rather than the edge of the quilt top. This gives me a nice even 1/2" excess and a nice plump binding without any gappy bits.
How do you sew on binding? Do you chop the excess off first? Have you done it my way?
Linking up today with Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday.
Til next time.....Keep on stitching.