While I was browsing through my LQS, I came upon a demo quilt that had a wider than usual binding. The gal who made the quilt just happened to be working there at the time and she showed me her technique. She used 3" strips instead of 2.5 and did some other tricks while turning the mitered corners. I tried it at home but failed miserably. I liked the wider look, and since have gone back to 2.5 strips, I have been using 2.25" for a while but now love the wider look.
Has anyone used strips wider than 2.5" for binding? and my question to you all is what is your favorite binding width and do you have any great tricks to the trade for that perfect binding. I thought I had seen it all, but I was truly mistaken. I will go back to LQS and take some pictures and post them.
Hi Gang, Another thing I do, I save all the bits of leftover binding and sew them all together with the diagonal seam. When I make a scrap quilt, what better way to bind it than a scrap binding. Some pieces may only be 8 inches long and some may be 25 inches long....doesn't matter. Just put together and voila....binding all made and ready to go.
Diana (Bink) in East Tn.
Great Idea Diana! Believe it or not as I was reading through this discussion, I was thinking of the pieces of binding that I've got left over from previous projects that are sitting waiting in a bin. I've been thinking that they would be great for a scrap quilt. Now I just need the quilt to go with them LOL I always use a 2.5 inch binding but I think I will try the 3" next time!
Mineral Wells, West Virginia
Diana: I save all the bits of leftover binding and sew them all together with the diagonal seam. When I make a scrap quilt, what better way to bind it than a scrap binding.
Great idea Diana. I don't know why I didn't think of doing that. I'll have to dig my extra bindings out of my "Don't Know What To Do With" bin.
In the beautiful Pacific Northwest!