Ta-dah! Striped binding! I have never used stripes for binding before, partly
because I haven’t seen one that went with what I was working on, and partly
because I thought joining stripes would be fussy. I really don’t want the seams
in the binding to jump out at anyone.
I found a bright green vertical stripe print that will be a nice accent to
finish off a runner. After auditioning it, I decided diagonal stripes would have
a bigger impact, which meant bias binding instead of straight grain binding.
All the tutorials I found about matching stripes in binding were for straight
grain binding, so in the end I just cut and joined some bias strips and hoped
for the best.
Here’s what I found out. Joining binding strips at a 45 degree angle reduces
bulk in the finished binding. Depending how I cut those 45 degree cuts at the
ends of the strips, I got two different looks.
Cutting across the stripe on the ends of each strip
resulted in a seam that looks like this:
Cutting parallel to the stripe on the ends of each strip
gave this result:
Guess what I preferred? (In case you aren’t sure: I chose option
Of course I figured this out after sewing strips together willy-nilly, with
the angled ends of the strips in whichever orientation they ended up from
cutting the bias strips from the rectangle of fabric. I decided it was worth
cutting out the seams that didn’t match up and recutting the strip ends parallel
to the stripe.
If you’re wondering why the tips of the angled cuts are cut off, here’s what’s
going on with that. I used my corner trimmer to trim the tips to avoid guessing
whether my strips were offset correctly to sew to end up with a straight joined
|Guessing where to line up|
|Trimmed tips line up with edges perfectly|
The trimmed tips just help me line everything up just right.
Now that I have the binding made, and the backing prepared, there’s nothing
left to do but quilt the runner. I’ve been putting it off because I’m not
entirely sure what to quilt, but there’s a deadline approaching. Tomorrow I’ll
just have to get started and hope that inspiration strikes by the time I have
finished all the stitching in the ditch!
Unrelated to quilting: Can anyone recommend a blog editor that I can use to write my posts offline, then upload them to Blogger? I used Live Writer, which let me format things the way I wanted, but it has recently stopped getting along with Blogger. The built-in Blogger editor is driving me batty! I suppose I'll get used to it, but if you can suggest anything else, I'd be grateful!