How do you feel about striped binding? I think it adds a fun touch to some quilts, providing I can find just the right stripe. It takes only a little more work to match the stripes at the seams if that's something that concerns you. Here's how I matched the stripes on the binding for the Chef's Kiss placemats and runner I shared last weekend.
|Matched stripes on diagonal seams.|
I usually join binding strips with a diagonal seam to distribute the bulk of the seam. When the strips are folded in half, then sewn onto and folded over the edge of the quilt, a straight seam would result in 12 layers of fabric stacked together at the seam. That's not ideal!
Here's how I matched the stripes on a diagonal seam.
1. I made sure the ends of the strips were straight and square.
2. With the strip wrong side up I folded the end of one strips at a 45 degree angle as shown below, bringing the end down to match the lower edge of the strip, and pressed the fold flat.
4. With both strips right side up, I slid the folded end of the folded strip over the other strip until the stripes were aligned. I carefully finger pressed the fold to the bottom strip, checking that the stripes stayed aligned before pressing with a hot iron. The strips were now glued together along the fold.
4. Moving to the sewing machine, I unfolded the top strip and sewed in the crease from the fold.
5. I trimmed away excess fabric1/4" beyond the seam. I suggest folding the strip back to check the seam from the right side of the fabric, making sure the stripes are matched as expected before trimming.