Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tips and Tutorial...

Yesterday, at Heritage Quilt Guild's Meeting, Carol gave a very informative workshop on how to sew flanged mitered bindings!  They were fast and easy and look at how pretty!  

Carol is a HUGE fan and follower of "Karen's Quilts, Crows and Cardinals Blog (Redbird Quilt Co.)"... and so am I ...But unlike me, Carol actually FOLLOWED Karen's tutorial on how to make these flanged mitered bindings.  Carol made them look so easy, quick and and pretty and sturdy too...no hand sewing as they are completely machine stitched...perfect for baby quilts and charity quilts...And when finished you have that added splash of colour around the binding!
 I'm not going to get into the nitty-gritty on HOW to do it...I am going to let Karen do that over at her BLOG...just go HERE for the easy tutorial!  Be prepared to be amazed!!  SEW fast and easy!

 Carol also shared this wonderful TIP on how to tame those long, long binding strips while sewing them onto your quilt top...You know how they always get tangled at your feet...or worse, they get caught up in the roller wheels of your chair...WELL, NO MORE!!...Carol quickly accordion folded the binding and then put it into a plastic bag with the binding end hanging out... Then she placed the bag over her left arm, out of the way (see picture below)...Carol then stitched the binding down at her machine and the binding flowed out of the bag and didn't tangle or get in the way...EASY-PEASY and very slick!  An "ah-ha moment" for all of us!


Sometimes it's the simple things in life that make the world of difference!  So THANK YOU, Carol...and KAREN...for sharing your expertise and tips with us!  Check it out, you won't be sorry!

Have a terrific Tuesday and happy stitching!~P


  1. What a great tip for binding control. If I ever bind a big quilt again (LOL), I will definitely try this!! And I need to check out her tutorial as well. I have wondered about that very thing--putting a flange on a mitered binding.

  2. I am going to give this a try...some day...love the Sashiko!!!

  3. Loved Karen's two coloured mitred binding tutorial, I used it as a basis when I decided to make mine last November for my circle quilt. But I added two different halves to mine and ended up with four colours. As a result I did do some hand stitching so everything lined up when I went from one set to the other.

    I'd definitely do it again. Love the carry bag tip from Carol as a bonus.

  4. You have some great tips here. Love Karen's binding and may have to try it someday soon!

  5. I love flange bindings! I feel no guilt for sewing my binding by machine! Blessings, Gretchen

  6. It is nice that you can learn new techniques in the group, a nice way to see it in person, visual is always better.


  7. I love the look of the flange but have never tried it. Thanks for the link to the tutorial. I will definitely check it out!

  8. This is a great tip, thanks for sharing it Paulette!

  9. going to hop over and see how to do this now and yes I know about binding getting caught in the wheels of my chair!