There are many things we love about our resident quilting expert Linda Clements. As well as being a walking encyclopaedia of quilting knowledge, she pens the best quilting illustrations to share her skills, writes our invaluable Essential Guide feature each month and has a fabric stash to die for. After reading her Essential Guide to Getting Creative With Binding (available in the Digital Issue 32 of Today’s Quilter, via our app for Apple Newstand or Google Play), we’re resolving to liven up our binding efforts! For more quilting advice, check out our guide to Flying Geese Quilts.
Use up your stash!
Binding is a great way to use up scraps. If you’re making multi-coloured scrap binding, help it to stand out from your main quilt top design by using darker or contrasting tones of fabrics than those of your main quilt fabrics. Audition the fabrics you think you want to use by laying out scraps together on top of your quilt before you start piecing.
Save time and strip-piece
If you’re sewing up scrappy multi-coloured binding, speed up your piecing with strip-piecing – here’s how it’s done if you haven’t tried it before
One quilt, two sides
If your quilt back is a distinctly different colour to the front, why not try 2-colour binding? It’s basically reversible so you’ll see one colour on the front and one on the back.
Neaten up your corners
Avoid your binding seams occurring at the corners of your quilt to reduce bulk and make neater mitred corners. A good way to do this is do a dummy run and place your binding around the quilt perimeter to see where the seams will fall before you start to stitch.
Give it a seasonal twist
Give Christmas quilts a delightful finishing touch by strip-piecing candy cane effects with two tones – one lighter and darker (red and white looks especially festive)