Hooray! We've made it to the final part! Have you been stitching along with me? I've seen a couple of WIP pics so far but would love to see some more - I'm hoping that I might be able to show you some of the other circles quilts made here at some point so please do send me a link to your blog or flickr stream if you have made one. But I'm getting ahead of myself - we haven't even finished yet! So I'll stop yakking and get on with the final part...
Okay, once you have finished all your quilting, your quilt will probably look something like this:-
There we are, that looks much better doesn't it? Now, I like to baste the edges of the quilt before I attach the binding but, before I do even that, I just thought I'd quickly show you how I add hanging pockets to the back. Obviously, if you don't want to hang your quilt then you don't need to worry about this step!
Take two squares of fabric (mine are about 4" square but it's not too important - you can make them bigger or smaller depending on the size of your quilt), fold in half diagonally with wrong sides together and press. As you can see in my pic, these still look a bit raggedy (I cut them by eye!) so trim and square up the edges.
Place the triangles on the back of the quilt in the top two corners, lining the raw edges up with the edges of the quilt. Make sure you have them in the correct corners, especially if your quilt has a "right" way up! (If not, you could always put them in all four corners, then you would have the option to change which way round you hang the quilt!) Pin in place, then sew a long basting stitch around the whole perimeter of the quilt, a few mm in from the edge, making sure you catch the edges of the triangle pockets too.
You're now ready to attach your binding! If you have a method that you are comfortable with then use that. I'm going to cheat here and just give you some links! I did a binding tutorial last year as part of my mug-rug tute, which you can find here, but I've actually since changed the way I finish and join the ends of the binding and use Kerry's method, which you can find in her tute here. (Note, Kerry cuts her binding strips 1 1/4 inches wide, but I find that a bit too fiddly and prefer mine to be 1 1/2inches wide - use whatever works for you)
Thanks for joining me! I hope you enjoyed it (and that it all made sense!) Don't forget to share your circle creations with me too!
Have a great weekend