This is starting at the finish, I know, but helpful I hope.
Sew binding on quilt as you normally would leaving a 12 inch gap and long tails on each side.
Bring one side to the center and fold back and crease.
Bring the other side to the center and fold back and crease.
Make sure you give it a good hard crease with a fingernail or your favorite creasing tool.
Open left side of binding flat and make sure you can easily see the crease.
Take the right side of binding and lay so the fold is alined with the crease vertically and the crease from the right side lines up with fold from the left side.
(sorry about the blurry photo)
Open the binding out flat so right sides are together and the creases and folds line up horazontally and vertically. Use a ruler to mark the seam line diagonally where the the two strips cross. Stitch on the line.
Lay binding flat on quilt to make sure length is correct before cutting ends.
Trim seam allowance to 1/4" and finger press to one side. Finish stitching binding onto quilt. Fold binding around edge and finish as desired. No tools to keep track of or measuring required.
Spaces are availble now, but don't delay they will fill fast.
Long Arm Machine Quilting Services
The A-1 Professional Long Arm Quilting Machine can quilt many traditional and contemporary. There are an assortment of designs to choose from.
Basic edge to edge quilting starts at 2.5 cents per square inch.
Batting can be purchased in the shop or you can provide your own. We have Warm and Natural 100% cotton - $10.50 yd for 90 in. wide and $12.50 yd for 120 in. wide.
Thread is provided in the cost of the quilting. We use the highest quality quilting threads. We have an array of colors including varigated threads. There will be a charge if switching back and forth from different thread colors.
Binding is not included. Binding is priced per linear foot. This is the amount of feet around the quilt. There are several methods for binding quilts. Basic binding with machine stitching is $2.50 per linear foot. Basic binding with an added decorative edge is $3.00 per linear foot. Hand stitching the binding onto the back is $3.50 per linear foot.
I can piece the backing fabric for you if needed. Sewing charge $20. per hour.
Please contact me for questions, quote and infomation about where to send your quilt. Shipping charges not included. I will provide a consultation for your quilting choice and possibly have you send me a photo of your quilt top.
isewloveit(at)icloud.com I will get back to you as soon as I can. At this time I am not doing any custom quilting.
Tips for preparing your top and backing for Long Arm Quilting
Press the quilt top so seams lay as flat as possible. This helps insure the best possible result for your quilt.
Square up your quilt. Make sure the top width is equal to the bottom width and the right side is equal to the left side. Measure the horizontal and vertical across the middle of your quilt, it should also measure the same as the length and width of the sides.
If your backing is pieced, make sure the grain of the fabric is running the same direction with all the pieces.
Your batting and backing should be at least 4-6 inches larger than your top on all sides. Therefore the total size of the back and batting should be at least 8 inches wider and longer than the top. This is necessary for loading your quilt on the longarm machine. As the quilt is rolled up on the roller more backing is necessary to ensure that there is enough at the bottom of the quilt.
Square up the backing. Please trim all sides of the backing so it is square. Make sure the top width is equal to the bottom width and the right side is equal to the left side.
Adorable Baby Quilt made with Full Moon Lagoon Collection, by Mo Bedell for Andover
Seahorse Patchwork Panel in Fuchsia and four coordinating prints on front and seahorse print on back. Quilted in a stipple pattern.
This darling baby quilt measures 39 in. x 54 in and is made of 100% cotton. Quilted on a professional long arm machine in a stipple pattern. The binding is machine finished with mitired corners. 100% cotton batting makes this quilt durable and can be machine washed and dried and loved for years.
The quilt top
The quilt back
The center panel of the front
You can find this finished quilt for sale in my Etsy Shop
I have been working on blocks from Tula's book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. They are quick to make and I love how the book is written with easy to follow directions and drawings.
Here are some of them, I have done a few more that I do not have photos of yet. I am very pleased with how they are turning out, except for that one block with the mistake in it. Can you spot it? I'll be ripping that one and correcting it eventually. I didn't even see the mistake until they had been up on the wall for quite a while.
If you like applique, but feel it is too time consuming or hand stitching not your thing, then this is the way to go. Laundry Basket Quilts has a book, Seasonal Silhouettes, and individual kits for each block. The shapes are laser cut and have the fusible backing applied. Just peel, stick, fuse and in a jiffy you can be quilting your completed block as an individual wall hanging or put them all together for a large quilt.