Binding Tutorial

When I first started binding quilts one of my biggest fears was seaming the binding strip together at the very end.  At first I overlapped the seams and didn’t sew them together.  That was awful and looked like a bulky mess.

Then I got the binding tool.

I had watched Jenny from Missouri Star and she made it look so very easy.  I ended up ordering one and loved it.

Fast forward a couple years….I lost it.  I was too spend-thrift to buy another…so I started doing it on my own.  Being I had used the binding tool for so long, I could kind of make it work without one using about the same technique only lazily cutting instead.  Then I found my binding tool.  But by now I was using 2 1/4″ binding instead so it wasn’t working quite right.  So back to doing it on my own with no percision…but good enough.

That was working okay…then one day I was going through my Facebook feed and saw a video.  I watched it…then rewatched…then when I was binding my baby quilt, I decided to give it a try.

I was thrilled and tried it on the baby quilt I finished recently.  It worked splendidly and I decided to write blog post about it.  So I started this post…but…do you think I can find the original video I watched.  I couldn’t.  BUMMER.

So…when I went to bind the Daylilies quilt I took pictures so I could show you how.  If I can’t show the video, at least show you the pictures.  Here goes….Tack the binding down leaving a tail on each end.  The distance apart you stop isn’t a big deal, just be sure that they over lap for a minimum of 3″ and your space between starting and stopping is more than 7″.

Lay the fist strip down flat against the quilt as shown in the photo below.

Get another piece of fabric that is the same width as your binding strip.  I took one that was a different color so you can more easily see the piece in the tutorial.  My strips are cut at 2 1/4″ so my “other” strip is 2 1/4″ too.  For those of you who cut at 2 1/2″, your “other” piece should be 2 1/2″ wide.

Lay it on top of the first piece perpendicular as shown.  Align the edges as shown.

Now lay the other tail end of the strip on top of the “other” piece.

Now cut the top tail off even with the overlapped edge of the “other” fabric.  In the photo below, notice the “other” strip.  The bottom binding strip is even with one edge.  The top binding strip is cut even with the other edge.  Make sure the two binding strips are overlapping.

Remove the “other” piece of fabric.  Your tail ends should look like this.

Open up the binding strips.  

With right sides together pin them in place like you do to connect the strips.

Sew on the diagonal.

I purposely sewed with teal thread so you can see the seam.

Remove pins and clip the diagonal corner off.  Press sean open.

Lay the binding strip down and sew in place.  PERFECT!!

This is now my newly adopted method for connecting the final binding piece.  I love it and it’s SUPER easy….no tool needed.

What method do you use for this?  Inquiring minds what to know!!

A Tip of Sorts

I’ve gone to retreats and someone will say…”Oh thanks, that’s a great tip.”  I didn’t know I was offering one.  I was just busy sewing and they were apparently watching me and caught on to something I was doing.  It was something I do everyday and didn’t even realize it was something other people don’t do.

This is one of those “tips”.

Here I am busy ironing the pieces for my Tulip Fields quilt.  I leave them all together in a chain as I do it.

Then I go along with the scissor and cut them all apart cutting off the dog ear (hang piece) as I go.

Then my ironing surface.  Ends up looking like this….

…all those little clipped off pieces are there cluttering up my ironing mat.  I don’t want them on the floor.  I don’t want them stuck to my pieces so I take my scissor, close it, turn it on the side and scrape.

I corral them all on one corner of my mat.

I keep them all in one corner until I’m finished pressing all of my pieces then I scrape them into my hand.  It saves on mess and is quick.

My pieces are done…now I need to move them onto the next step.

I know someone will ask…

This is my pressing mat.  I ADORE IT!

Here’s an Amazon link for them if you want to check them out.  They come is several sizes.  Mine is 17″ x 24″.  I put it on the island in the kitchen and iron there.  The smaller 9 X 9 size with a small iron can be kept near your sewing machines.  I’m not a gimic/gadget girl but this I LOVE.

I don’t know if my tip was something you already do or something you might try….let me know.



Quilt Finishes!!

I’d love to tell you that all the quilt finishes were mine, but alas, they aren’t.

I am excited about them though!!

First up is a charity quilt that was sent out to one of our volunteer binders, Karen Green.  The top came to me from Nancy Clarke from Homestead, FL….and now the quilt will be donated to Quilts of Compassion.  Isn’t that awesome?  Another quilt going out to help someone in need.

Jellyroll race quilts like this one are fast and perfect for giving.  I’ve seen many and no matter the colors, I always like them.  Sometimes simplicity is fun.

Thanks ladies for helping with the charity quilt project.

Next up is a quilt from a blog reader who used one of our free patterns to make a quilt:

Cathy Witt writes, “I am from Tellico Plains, TN.  I have followed your blog for years.  When the red and green Christmas Star quilt first appeared I knew I had to make it. I was so anxious, I didn’t even wait for the tutorial.. I just jumped in and tried to figure it out.  Although technically what I figured out wasn’t exactly your method of assembling it,  it was working. Then life got in the way.  I put it away and haven’t touched it in quite some time.  This week a good friend was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and I knew I needed to send him a quilt.  I didn’t have anything at all suitable for a man.. Then I remembered your star quilt. I was using greens, blue and creams.. perfect for a man.. It was barely underway. I had only a handful of blocks and a number of “components” made up, but it was all there in the bag where I left it.  I started sewing and sewing and yesterday I had it ready for quilting.  I quilted it last night, bound it this morning and put it in the mail to him this afternoon.  Thank you for such a great pattern.”

Well thank you for sharing the photo.  I love to see what you guys do with our patterns.

Jo's star quilt (002)
As noted we made the original one in Christmas colors…boy does it look nice it these colors and as said, it’s a perfect “guy” quilt.

If you are looking for the free pattern to make this quilt you can find it here.

Quilters have such big hearts.  It so awesome to belong to a community of givers.  I couldn’t feel more blessed.

A Free Printable Quilt Pattern: Pinkie Swear

I finally finished up this little baby quilt.  It’s been on my to do list since last December.  That’s about the time we were moving and I just didn’t have the time to finish it.  I could have finished it since then but we planned to write a free pattern for the project and that made us delay longer…

Well wait no more!!

This quilt we are calling Pinkie Swear.  The name…nothing too special.  It has pink and the brown kind of wraps around it just like when people actually pinkie swear with their pinkie fingers.  Let me tell you…quilt naming is a challenge and that’s all I can say about that.  I have no idea how prolific pattern writers come up with quilt names all the time.  We’re lucky we came up with Pinkie Swear!!

Anyway back to the quilt.  I made my version with the bonus triangles I had left over from my Grand Illusion mystery quilt.  I have LOTS and LOTS of pink triangles waiting for a home and they found it in this quilt.  It’s really quite an easy quilt to make.

The quilting is simple just an all over floral stipple that I do.  It’s one of my go to designs that I can do in my sleep…sometimes easy and go to designs are just what a quilt, and a quilter, need.

I am so proud of myself.  I used up one of my favorite fabrics on the back.  I had been saving it for awhile for the perfect project…kind of hoarding it.  Then I read the book that I talked about in an earlier blog post (catch that here if you missed it) and decided to use it up.  I think it’s going to be a perfect baby quilt.  I am happy to report that there was a little bit of the fabric left.  I stripped it up and it will now be seen in several scrap quilts in the future.

I used a cream thread on the front (Mother Goose by Maxi Lock) and a brown on the back.  I think pink and brown make a great color combo for a girl baby quilt.


I don’t make small baby quilts.  This one is 50″ x 50″.  With dangers of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome I want the quilts not be used in cribs but on floors and used well into toddler years.  The bigger size helps with that I think.


If you read the title it says free printable pattern and there is one.  You can find the free pattern by following this link.  In the future you can find it along the right hand column in our free pattern section.

Although I used bonus triangles we wrote the pattern for those who don’t have them as well.   Enjoy the pattern.

Today we’re sharing our finished quilt at  Confessions of a Fabric AddictCrazy Mom Quilts, and Link a Finish Friday.