Like a frame is designed to complement a photo or painting, a quilt is not complete with out its frame, the binding. Binding nicely applied is even, has sharp mitered corners, and the quilt fills the binding.
In The Quilt Show video below, Julie Cefalu demonstrates a technique to make sharp mitered corners and another technique for a nice finish. Add these techniques to her previous video and you are all set to perfectly bind your next quilt.
Although the video is made demonstrating the techniques on a domestic machine, the same techniques can be used when stitching the binding to the quilt using a longarm.
Have you had trouble with your binding being either two wide on the back, or not quite covering the stitching, or your corners are crooked? As a scribe for judges at a quilt show this past summer, from hearing and recording their comments, I know how important well placed binding is to the overall look of a quilt. In fact, a poorly applied binding can detract from an otherwise beautiful quilt. A binding that has been applied evenly, is filled by the quilt sandwich with nicely mitered corners provides a beautiful frame for any quilt.
This binding technique video from The Quilt Show blog will illustrate techniques for getting the binding width correct, as well as making a mitered corner that turns perfectly. Although the machine promoted in the video is a Bernina, these techniques will work with current domestic machines.
Next time you bind your quilt, take a little extra time using these techniques to give your quilt the perfect frame.