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No More Binding!

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Do you hate to make binding?  Do binding corners never come out right?  Skip the binding?  Yes, you really can make a quilt without binding!

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No More Binding!

That’s Right - You Can Make A Quilt Without Binding!

Do you hate to make binding? Do binding corners never come out right? Skip the binding? Yes, you really can make a quilt without binding!

No More Binding!

 

Quilts that don't require binding:

  1. Wall hangings are perfect candidates for no binding. They have minimal wear and tear, they are usually not as large as a bed quilt, and they can be hand or machine quilted without the use of a long arm machine.
  2. Decorative quilts. Do you make some quilts that are "just to look at"? You drape them over a chair of sofa to add a pop of color, or across the foot of your bed, but they aren’t truly used to wrap up in and keep warm on a daily basis. These quilts also don't require a binding. Only quilts that will receive hard wear really need the extra reinforcement that binding affords, or quilts that will be long arm quilted.

 

Let’s Go Binding FREE!

Complete your quilt top as usual and press to make sure all seams are fully flat. Cut your batting and backing at least 1-2 inches larger on each side than the quilt top. So for a 10" by 12" quilt top you would cut a batting and backing that is 12" by 14".

Place the batting on a flat surface that is not slick. A carpet works like a charm, but on top of a firm ironing surface also works well. You just need a fairly hard, flat surface that is larger than the quilt you will be working with. Next smooth out the batting to stretch out any folds or wrinkles that have been created in storage.

Layering Fabrics 1

 

Press your backing fabric and place it right side up on top of your batting and then place your well-pressed quilt top face down on the backing fabric centered as well as possible.

Finished Top Facing Down 2

 

Pin all around the edge of your quilt top leaving an opening of 5-7 inches that will be used to "birth" your quilt.

Using a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch all around the edge of the Quilt top remembering to leave the opening to "birth" the Quilt. Note: A walking foot on your sewing machine is a big help in keeping the layers of your "quilt sandwich" moving at the same rate, but you can certainly stitch this without one.

Stitched 3

 

Check to make sure that you are happy that all of the layers of the quilt have remained flat and square and then proceed to trim off the excess fabric using a ruler and rotary cutter. When you reach a corner, slightly round the corner to remove the point so that your quilt will remain flat at the corners and bulk will be reduced.

 

Trimmed 4
Rounded Corners 5

 

Turn the quilt inside out through the opening you left earlier. Make sure to poke the corners out carefully. A chop stick, "purple thang", or other smooth rounded poker will help.

Birthing 6

 

Press your Quilt top making sure to keep the seams nice and straight and baste the quilt layers together using your favorite technique (I like large running stitches, but safety pins or other methods will also work).

 

Pressing 7
Ready to Baste 8

 

Close up the opening that you turned your Quilt through using a ladder stitch.

Enjoy quilting and remove your basting. Your quilt is now complete!

Ladder Stitch 9

 

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Glossary

Backing
The fabric on the back of a Quilt Sandwich (Top, Batting and Backing).

Same As: Lining
Basting
A temporary method of holding the quilt Sandwich layers together while you finish assembling it. This can be conducted using Basting Sprays, pins, clips or temporary stitching called a Tacking Stitch or Basting Stitch.
Batting
The layer in the middle of a quilt sandwich between the Top and Backing layers consisting of wool, polyester, blends, silk, or cotton.

Same As: Stuffing, Filling, Wadding, Filler
Binding
Binding is used as both a noun and a verb. As a noun it is the fabric that's used to cover the raw edges of the quilt sandwich after it's quilted. This edging fabric is referred to as the Binding (noun). As a verb it is the process of putting on this fabric, and it referred to as Binding a Quilt.
Drape
How stiff or soft the fabric or quilt is.

Same As: Drapability
Foot
Accessories that are available for sewing machines and are especially made for quilting.
Ironing
Moving a hot iron while it has contact with fabric. Often ironing can stretch and distort fabrics and seams. A better alternative is to press, where you just lay the hot iron down and lift straight up from the fabric.

See Also: Pressing
Long Arm
A special quilting machine that is used for machine quilting a quilt. The quilt is held taut on a large frame while the machine arm moves freely to perform a manual or preprogrammed quilting design using free motion. The machine is very expensive, so many owners will rent out time on their machine.
Press
Method of using an iron to press seams and blocks. This means simply pressing downwards on the seam with the iron from above and not moving the iron back and forth which can distort the block or seam.
Quilt Top
The top layer of a quilt Sandwich.
Rotary Cutter
A very sharp tool that looks like a pizza wheel which is capable of cutting through multiple layers of fabric.
Ruler
A heavy plastic measuring guide that can come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Sandwich
Traditional description of a quilt: a sandwich consisting of a Quilt Top, Batting (filling), and a Backing.
Seam Allowance
The width of fabric left to the right of a sewn seam. In quilting this is traditionally 1/4 inch. For sewing garments it is usually 5/8 inch.
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