Well, another year is drawing to a close. At least the weather here in Ludlow has improved and we are now basking in temperatures a little above freezing.
Sometimes I bind all my quilts with the same 2.1/2" double binding - it's quick and easy and I know what I am doing - but sometimes I want something a little different. Recently I challenged myself to make a small quilt with only two colours throughout - yes, I know I ought to get out more!
The construction of the quilt top was no problem, but I ended up with one of the fabrics in the border of the quilt top and the other one in the quilt backing. Which fabric should I use for the quilt binding to provide a contrasting frame on both the back and the front of the quilt?
In the end I decided to go with quilt binding with a flange as that would use both colour fabrics.
You will obviously need to join together lengths of flange quilt binding to get enough to go all round the quilt. this is done in the same way as for normal quilt binding.
Begin sewing a few inches from the beginning of the flange quilt binding, leaving a trailing end.
Fold the flange quilt binding up away from the quilt backing and then fold down again following the next edge of the quilt backing.
When you arrive back where you began, stop sewing several inches away from the start of the quilt binding. fold under a small hem in one and tuck the other end inside the fold. Sew across the gap.
Flip the flange quilt binding to the front of the quilt and slipstitch in place. The light fabric shows up beautifully against the dark fabric to give just the contrast that I had been hoping for.
Meanwhile the quilt backing is framed by the dark fabric. I'm really pleased with the effect given by the flange quilt binding and now I can't think why I don't use it more often! You might find it easier to watch how to make flange quilt binding:
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All best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.