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:
|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!