As a new quilter (and even as a more experienced, but less prolific quilter), I would struggle with attaching binding to my quilts.
I’d refer to my Happy Endings book each time I came to that part of the quilt-making process and try to remember how to prepare and put on binding. Even after I understood the technique, there would be so much time in between bindings that I couldn’t remember how to do it.
While trying to get the end my stitching to the exact size of my seam allowance, I’d use a familiar tool, mostly used in garment construction. One brand calls it a “Rule ‘n Gauge”. In addition to providing a precise measurement, I use the straight edge of this little tool to give me a perfectly square fold for my binding corners. While any straight edge will do, this is a thin and readily available tool that has passed the test of time for me.
Having made 14 patterns in nine months, stitching on binding is second nature to me, but I still use the Rule ‘n Gauge every time.
What’s your favorite binding tool?