Today is the final part of the duo quilt along and we are finishing off our quilts. You will have hopefully finished all your quilting, and trimmed up the edges of your quilt if necessary. Before I get onto the binding, I just thought I'd give a quick how-to for adding hanging corners, in case anyone had made a wall hanging.
Take 2 squares of fabric - the size doesn't really matter but between 4-5inches is good. Fold the squares in half diagonally, wrong sides together, and press.
Pin in place and then use a long stitch on your machine to baste them into place, using a narrow seam allowance. You could always hand stitch them if you prefer, this is just to secure them so they don't shift when we add the binding, as it is the binding that will really secure them.
Okay, so onto the binding. I have to admit that this is one of my favourite parts of quilt making. It took me a while to get the hang of it but, now that I have, I really enjoy the process - plus there is the excitement that my quilt is nearly finished! But I know not everyone enjoys it quite so much as me. This is another one of those things that I think you just have to find the right way that works for you. There are a multitude of different binding tutorials out there - if you have a preferred method that you are happy with then great! But if not, then I would encourage you to look at the various different ways of doing it and keep trying until you find the right one for you. It's out there somewhere! With this in mind, we are therefore going to give you links to some of our favourite binding tutorials - although some of them sound the same they do have subtle differences so I hope you will be able to find one that you are comfortable with.
Kerry at VeryKerryBerry - tutorial for a single fold binding, which is perfect for smaller items. (Within that tute there is also a link to her method of mitring corners - which I found nothing short of genius!)
Christina at The Sometimes Crafter - Tutorial for a double fold binding which is hand-stitched to the back of the quilt.
Rita at Red Pepper Quilts - Tute for double fold binding that is machine stitched front & back.
Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts - Tute for double fold binding, hand stitched to the back.
Aneela at Comfort Stitching - Tute for double fold binding, hand stitched to the back.
Elizabeth at Oh Fransson - Tute for double fold binding, hand stitched to the back.
Thank you to all those ladies for allowing us to link to their wonderful tutorials!!
If you know of any other great binding tutes then do please let us know, either here or in the flickr group.
So that's it! Rhonda and I really hope you enjoyed this quilt along - please do let us know how you got on, if you have any queries etc and don't forget to share pics of your finished quilts in the quilt along flickr group. Don't forget, there will be some prizes on offer so make sure you have submitted pics of your finished quilts by Friday 16th December, and Rhonda and I will do a follow up post and pick our favourites.
Thanks for joining in with us!