I have a finish and a tutorial to share with you today!
In March, the Houston Modern Quilt Guild arranged a scrap swap. I was lucky enough to draw Tammy, who had a lovely bundle of Anna Maria Horner strips.
The strips Tammy gave to me all had the selvedges, so I was left to wonder: "Does she want me to use the selvedges?"
I hope she did because I did! :)
The binding on her quilt is made from all the selvedges, which I had cut off and saved.
Today, I'm sharing how I made the binding using the selvedges.
Note: this tutorial assumes a knowledge of the steps involved in binding a quilt. (Here's an in-depth tutorial.) If you are familiar with binding a quilt then using the selvedges to make the binding strip should be pretty straight forward. So, I will only point out what is different than your basic binding.
First, sew the selvedges into one piece of fabric.
This creates your binding yardage. As opposed to sewing the selvedge pieces right sides together, I tucked each selvedge 1/4" under the previous selvedge, see Jacquie's Spider Web Block Tutorial for a more thorough explanation.
Next, cut your strips from your yardage.
Then sew your strips together using the same tuck under technique from above.
Now, iron your binding in half and admire your work.
It's like a fabric lolly pop, ya'll!
Now, sew the binding on as you normally would.
But when you get to the part where you sew your binding strip ends together, instead of sewing right sides together, use the tuck under technique again.
|See? Tucked under.|
Hand or machine stitch your binding to finish as you normally would.
Then you are done!
I think it creates a beautiful effect and it is pretty easy too. I can't wait to use this technique again.
What do you think? Questions will be answered in the comments.