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Favorite Binding Tool

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. Image of Rule 'n Gauge Tool

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. Image of Quilt Binding

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?

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Lickety-Split Quilt Bindings

When time and cuteness matter, this is the binding for you!

I first saw this binding technique on Pinterest and it was called, “Susie’s Magic Binding”. I wish I knew who Susie was because I’d like to personally thank her for this binding idea!

While I’ve changed the measurements to produce a smaller binding, more to my liking, I’ve used this technique of binding numerous times.  It’s great for things like utility quilts, baby quilts (the ones which will be well-loved and get lots of use), seasonal quilts, table runners, etc. I’ve used it on several seasonal quilts, which see the light of day for about one month a year and therefore don’t need a hand-turned binding.

The best part about Susie’s Magic Binding (I’ll call my version Lickety-Split Quilt Binding for clarity) is that it gives your quilt a tiny burst of color which looks like a piping or micro-flange while it gives your needle a perfect nesting spot for stitching it down by machine.

If you want a wide binding, click  here for Susie’s method.

My version gives you options of a 2 1/4 inch or a 2-inch binding (which I use for smaller art quilts).

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Binding technique for when time and cuteness matter.

Here are my cutting measurements for Lickety-Split Quilt Binding:

2 1/4 inch binding:

Main binding  strip: 1 1/4″

Accent strip: 1 1/2″

2 inch binding:

Main binding strip: 1 1/8″

Accent strip:  1 3/8″


Simply cut your strips and sew them end to end and press like normal binding, but do it for both colors.

Then sew the two long strips together, press seam to the binding color.

With the seam facing down, align the edge of the binding along the edge of your quilt and stitch a 1/4 seam (or smaller than your final stitch seam), connecting the ends with your favorite method. Lastly turn your binding to the front of your quilt and stitch in the ditch between the two fabrics. I like to use a seam guide and move my needle to a comfortable spot.

Note: I have not used this method on show quilts or nicer quilts which call for a hand-turned binding.  I did notice at our last guild show that one of the quilts in the winner’s circle (triangle) had a machine-attached binding, so it’ll be interesting to see where the quilting world goes with this!

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One…Singular Sensation

A Chorus Line at The Conservatory at Southeast Missouri State University

A Chorus Line rehearsal at The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University

On the Line

On the Line

One…single, sensational tip… for show-quality quilt binding.

It’s a great idea. This is a pop-yourself-on-the-forehead kind of tip–and that’s exactly what I did when I first learned it.

You’ve trimmed your quilt and sewn on the binding. Next, you need to turn your binding. The trick to great binding is, of course, to have equal binding on the front and back of your quilt–WITH a filled edge. That involves a bit of math and precise stitching.

Just attach your binding as usual (generally by machine on the front). Grab a piece or ball of yarn. The length can be longer than the perimeter of your quilt or shorter and you can use more than one piece. Simply lay the yarn at the edge of your trimmed quilt and fold your binding over it. The yarn helps to fill the binding and makes it have a nice fold. You can “fit” different sizes of yarn before you begin stitching to see which size gives you better fill and gives your consistent width on the front and back of your quilt.


A bit of yarn makes your binding better!

I like to use white or neutral yarn for light bindings and it doesn’t matter the color on darker bindings.

Now, I am big on giving credit where credit is due and I am sorry to say I can not determine the name of the person who first came up with this idea. I can tell you, it wasn’t me!

If you are like me, some quilts call for perfect binding and some are “get-‘er-done” bindings. No matter if your quilt is going to competition or be used every day, a little yarn in the mix will make your binding BETTER!

So, do you want to know who’s in that chorus line above? My kiddo! She’s playing the role of Cassie (wears red, oldest auditioner–last chance to dance–she sings and dances to “The Music and The Mirror”). The show opens in three days and I haven’t even begun her “shoe” quilt yet (see It’s All About The Shoes  and “Sweet Dreams…of You”  !)

UPDATE: Here she is as Cassie! Click on any of the below pics for a video clip from her role in the show.


Jacquelyn Kiefner as Cassie in A Chorus Line

Jacquelyn Kiefner as Cassie in A Chorus Line

Jacquelyn Kiefner as Cassie in A Chorus Line

Jacquelyn Kiefner as Cassie in A Chorus Line

One...Singular Sensation

One…Singular Sensation


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Prairie Point Hanging Method

Hang your quilts the fast and easy way, using prairie points!

Let’s face it…quilts take time. We really should cherish each step of the process. But it’s those last few steps that sometimes really get me:

the binding…

the label…

the SLEEVE…ugh!

Now there is a fast, easy way to attach a hanging sleeve  with just a few quick points – Prairie Points!

Click here for How-To video!

Take a few squares of fabric, fold them diagonally twice and lay them on your quilt. Baste with your machine, inside your binding seam, and stitch by hand the points ONLY. That’s it! It’s that easy.

Now let’s break it down:

If you have a small wall hanging, 5 inch squares will do.  If you have a large bed quilt, 12 – 16 inch squares will work.  The number you need depends on how large you make them and the size of your quilt. You’ll see, as soon as you fold one and hold it up to your quilt, how many you’ll need. This method is so much faster and easier that the traditional “sleeve”, you’ll be looking forward to putting these on your quilt at last!

So, for this tiny wall hanging (11  inches wide), I am using two five-inch squares.

Easy Method for Hanging Quilts

For small pieces, I like to use an even number of triangles so that the center is open for hanging it on one hook or nail. Of course, larger pieces need to be hung by two hooks, so the number of triangles attached to the quilt depend only on how many you want to add. For example, my 90 -inch wide quilt has 7 triangles which started with 12 1/2 inch squares.

Also great about this method, if you have a particularly heavy quilt to hang, you can add additional rod support in the center of your quilt in between two triangles.

So, take your square, fold it diagonally once, press. Fold that triangle

Folded twice from square.

Folded twice from square.

Hang your quilts using prairie points.

diagonally again, press. Do this for all of the squares and lay them at the top of your quilt, cut edge, lining up with the top edge of your quilt sandwich. Pin in place. Machine baste within the seam of your binding (whether the binding is on yet or not). Take a needle and thread (I like to use doubled thread for this) and stitch down each point, securing with several stitches.

Turn (or stitch and turn) binding as usual and your quilt is ready to hang! But, um, don’t forget your label!

Remember to adjust  the size and number of your squares based on the width of your quilt. For example:

My pink mini wall hanging uses four small, 4-inch squares.

Four 7-inch squares make prairie points for a 24-inch wide hanging.

Four 16-inch squares work well for a 48-inch quilt and easily accommodates the largest requirements for our quilt show standards. Simply add more of the same size prairie points for a bed-size quilt.

TIP: For small wall hangings, use an even number of prairie points and you can hang your quilt from a single nail or hook instead of levelling it between two points.



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