The Super Hero quilt is finished! I even got the label on it! BOOYA!
See my “organic lines?” There are 87 of them. Alllllll the wayyyyyyy acrossssss the entire top. I thought I had only a few to do today, before binding the monstrosity, but it was more like ten. I’m not sure what might have been easier for this huge quilt, but I like the look of these lines.
Over 300 inches of binding, this is how I started today. Luckily I had three strips the length of the quilt, so I only needed to add two more “regular” WOF strips.
I thought I’d show how I do the corners when sewing the binding on. First, because I do not hand sew anymore (except for the label) I sew the binding onto the back of the quilt. Second, I start the binding near the halfway point on the bottom of the quilt. Usually about 8-10 inches away from the center, or the seam. Third, I use the needle down option throughout the entire finishing of every quilt.
I stop about 2 1/2 inches before I get to the corner.
Then I sew TO that spot and stop. With the needle down.
The binding strip will be “level” with the next edge. After this the binding needs to be folded over. There will be what seems like bulk right at the corner. This is what will make the mitered corner on the front.
And this is what it’s supposed to look like. Easy peasy. But I’ll be honest, I didn’t always do it this way. I used to pin the entire binding on, and get real fiddly with the corners. At some point I discovered all that just wasn’t necessary for me. Maybe that’d be when I started rebelling and breaking the “quilt rules.”
And here is how I do the corners on the front of the quilt. Again, I stop a couple inches away.
The second mini tutorial I wanted to share is something that when I learned it, it absolutely changed everything! I learned this from my dear quilter friend, Frances. I must have done it wrong the first few times but eventually, it kicked in.
Connecting the binding ends. Maybe you’re already great at this, I hope so! I was not. For YEARS. And now I love this “new, improved” binding trick.
So, leave about 20 inches of space to work with when attaching the binding to the quilt. Leave 10-15 inches of binding just loose, at the beginning and the end. It seems like a lot, but trust me, it’s way easier to do this with extra than struggling with just a wee bit. Decide on a spot where the ends will meet up. Lay the binding strip from your left on the edge of the quilt. Trim it if necessary.
Since the strip is 2.5″ wide, this is how far the overlap of the other strip (from the right) needs to be. The way Frances taught me is this: cut a bit of the strip, and lay it ON the left binding strip.
Here is the part that confused me.
See that orange pin to the left of my hand? It has been helpful to me to pin the quilt together like that. This way the natural pull of the quilt won’t create “drag” when I’m stitching the ends together.
The label is ON, the quilt is on the couch and I am just glad it’s finished.