> Shoot, Karen, you're almost done w/ your quilt!
> When I get to the almost-finished stage, I stitch a
> 1/4" "finishing" line around the quilt, to make sure I
> got it all together; then: I cut straight-grain binding,
> about 2" to 2 1/2" wide, down the length of the fabric;
> fold it in half, sew (by machine or hand) the front piece,
> then flip it to the back to whip-stitch it.
> Good luck!
> And I'm with Ragmop, Karen -- SOME people (I am NOT in that group) have
> figured out a way to do the top and bottom at the same time -- but I don't
> sew a straight enough seam. (that's one excuse, anyway). If you possibly
> can, get Harriet Hargraves' book (Heirloom Machine Quilting) which has
> GOOD instructions (with GOOD pictures) for binding your quilt.
So, I do exactly what Ragmop does -- including the little 1/8"
quick-stitch all around the outside of the quilt (which does a couple of
things -- helps you figure out where you are (including those times when
you've cut the backing off a wee bit CLOSE, sigh); and it keeps those seams
which end at the edge from coming apart as you "rassle" that quilt during
the quilting process). Then, a 2 1/2" strip of binding, folded in half
lengthwise, with the raw edge stitched to the raw edge of the quilt.
Dunno if anyone else has this happen, but I also end up with one side of the
binding, after I've flipped it, WIDER than the other side. Of course, I
can't remember which way it goes (and I have to do a little practice-thingy
for this one, too -- EVERY time), but if I want the binding on the front to
be thin -- or if I want it wider -- I'll sew the binding on from the front,
or the back.
Sarah in Las Cruces, NM