I’m working on putting the finishing touches on Duncan’s quilt. It’s been a long journey, and I hope you will indulge me in just a couple more note-making posts for my own future reference.
To start off the finishing, I embroidered a simple quilt label and sewed it in with the binding on a back corner.
Quilt labels are a whole art of their own, and you can find more information about making quilt labels on Etsy’s blog.
Then, for the final step, I am using what is known as a double fold french binding. This has to be the most ridiculously easy binding I have ever encountered. You don’t even need to iron the binding before sewing it on.
binding half sewn
I followed this amazingly thorough article on QuiltBug.com to make it. This article covers the straight grain vs. bias debate, how to calculate yardage, and how to attach the binding, with even more details in the linked to PDF article. [direct link to pdf] Seriously, go read that PDF. She even covers how to use a rectangular piece of fabric for the continuous loop method (most other tutorials just use a square) and details how much binding will result from any size piece. You are welcome. 😉
a ladder stitch to finish it off
Lookie here, I even found yet another use for my favorite office supply sewing tool.
I’m not quite finished yet with the binding, but I’ll post a picture once it is all done and the quilt is washed. I hope this will be soon, but my sewing time has been greatly impeded by The Great Spring Clothing Switcharoo.
Let’s play a game. How many storage bins and baskets of clothing can you count?
Please tell me you understand just how loathsome this chore is. (The clothing one, not the sewing one.)
Can. Not. Wait. To be. Done.
Thankfully, this hand sewing makes my sewing quite portable and I can sneak in some sewing time while the kids play in the sunshine.
Have a great weekend!