It is now time for the dreaded quilt binding. Actually, call me crazy but this is my favorite part. I get so excited that my quilt is almost finished.
Step 1: Cut binding strips
How thick to cut the strips is all dependent on how fat you want your biding. I pretty much stick to 2 1/2 inch strips. That is my own preference. You can go thicker if you prefer.
Here is where the controversy starts. Many experienced quilters may agree that one MUST cut the strips on the bias (45 degree angle) in order to get the “stretchiest” binding. As a mother of three boys under the age of 5, I don’t have time to measure, mark, and cut diagonal strips.
I’ve never attempted a curved edge quilt so I don’t find this extra step necessary. I cut Cross Grain binding strips and have found this to be perfect for me.
There is a great explanation here at Quilter’s Cache with wonderful graphics to explain each method.
Once you decide how you prefer to cut your strips do some math to figure out how long your continuous binding will need to be. Basically, find the perimeter of your quilt and then add another 12 inches or so. I always error on the side of EXTRA binding.
Step 2: Create one long, continuous binding strip
Cut the end of one strip at a 45 degree a angle.
Lay this strip on top of the next strip forming a T.
Start by pressing back the 45 degree angle we cut at the beginning of the binding strip. This leaves you a more finished edge where the binding edges meet in the middle of the quilt.