Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Quilts for Kids, and Mock Binding
I got my Project Linus Quilt finished yesterday!! I try to make and donate at least a few quilts each year to a good cause. It's about 40 by 60 inches, and that center panel is simply a fat quarter of fabric that had a great print on it that I wanted to keep whole.
I used a "railroad tracks" quilting that I found on Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting blog to quilt it.
Kate, over at Swim, Bike, Quilt! Has a wonderful link-up, 100 quilts for kids that really helps motivate me. It looks like she has already met her goal, but it's open until October 15th, so there's still time to add more!
For the binding I used a "mock binding", a technique I learned from my first quilting book, "The Quilting Bible", by Singer. I've rarely seen any blog posts about it, so I thought I'd show a few quick pictures of how I do it. I've used it over the years for many quilts, and they're still holding up well. In fact, I used it for my very first (finished) quilt, that I made for my toddler son, but when I proudly brought it to the local quilt shop to show it off, the owner told me that the binding "was done wrong", and that I'd have to cut it off and make a proper binding. I was crushed, but chose to ignore her advice, and the quilt is still in use, 12+ years later!
The main "rule" is that you need a coordinating backing fabric that is also acceptable for a binding, since you'll be using the back fabric for the binding as well.
Cut the back fabric at least a few inches larger than the top, as most people do, then when it's all quilted, sew around the edge of the quilt top, trim the batting close to the very edge, and then cut the backing fabric off, leaving a 1 inch margin all the way around the quilt.
When you get to a corner, fold the corner 45 degrees, and miter the ends. You'll have a little "tail" that can then be carefully trimmed off.