I use Hobbs Heirloom for machine quilting, and it doesn't need quilting
every inch, for sure. However, I frequently fill in the entire background
with stippling because I like the look. And I prefer cotton because it
doesn't slip around as much.
For binding, cut straight-grain strips 2 1/2 inches wide, join the ends
until you have a long enough piece. If you can manage to join them with
diagonal seams, it's better for spreading the bulk. Fold the strip in half
lengthwise and press. Then stitch with raw edges to the edge of the quilt
(Double thickness, right?) When you get 1/4 inch from the end of each side,
stop, take the needle out, turn the quilt so it's ready to stitch the next
edge. Fold the binding strip back and up at a 45 degree angle, hold that
fold in place and fold the strip back down so the raw edges again match the
edge of the quilt. With a little practice, this will make a nice mitred
corner fold. I usually stitch the ends of the binding together (on a
diagonal again to spread the bulk). Then you can trim the excess batting and
backing, turn the binding to the back and stitch down by hand.
I think Rita has a much better explanation on her site if I could find the
Roberta in DK
> I am almost finished with my first quilt (the Mickey Mouse for those who
> have seen the first pictures, more to come soon). Machine quilting
> worked well. I decided to use invisible thread and it looks really
> good. From reading the instructions on the batting, I decided to buy
> Polyester because you only need to stitch 4-6" apart while the all
> cotton needs stitching every inch! Do all of you really do that? It
> seems like a whole lot of stitching!
> My question is pertaining to the edge of the quilt. What is the best
> way to finish it? The quilts sold at Sears have some kind of bias
> tape-like finish (3/4 - 1 inch).
> Right now, it would be easy for me to just wrap the back border of the
> quilt toward the front and make a nice seem. Is that considered good
> finish? Is it better to cut a narrow piece of tissue and make my own
> bias tape-like edge?
> Please let me know what experience quilters do. And please let me know
> if there is a web site containing this information.
> Thanks again.
> -It seems like I will finish that quilt in time for Xmas after all!