From my sewing room, to the world, I presented my binding webinar. It was pretty exciting! I mean really... from my little sewing room in Florida to all over the US, and other countries?! I shared "No Tails Binding: Mitered Corner by Machine." Goodness. It's a lot to get my head around that the MQG had 600 registrants for this! Granted, I don't know how many MQGers actually showed up for the live broadcast, but I was pretty pumped about it.
MQG members can go here to watch the 1 hour and five minute webinar. This means that if you're not MQG member, you should join (an individual membership is just $25 a year; or join our local Central Florida MQG chapter for $40 a year) and have access to all the webinars! What a great benefit of MQG membership! I've attended at least six webinars and all of them have been worthwhile.
I'll admit to a little nervousness before getting started, but knowing my subject matter as I do, once I got into it I didn't think about anything else. The many detail photos were well-received and during the Q&A I heard some interesting questions, particularly related to this chart.
For those of you who aren't familiar with this binding method you should know that the quilt batting and backing are trimmed away after the binding has been sewn to the quilt. My chart shows how much batting and backing to trim away, and how much finished binding will show on the quilt front and back.
Apparently this chart raised more questions than I was able to answer on the spot. Basically, those who asked wanted to know how I arrived at these numbers. My methodology is this:
- Know the cut width of binding
- Divide it by 2 to allow for folded binding
- Subtract 1/4" for a seam allowance
- Divide it by 2 to determine how far from the stitching line your quilt should be trimmed
- If the binding is fully stuffed and sewn by hand, it will puff out.
So, for binding that's cut 2-1/4" wide:
- divided by 2 is 1-1/8"
- subtracting 1/4" for the seam allowance equals 7/8"
- divided by 2 equals 7/16" - cut 3/8" from the stitching line
- Fully stuffed binding shows about 1/2" on the quilt front and quilt back.
And for binding that's cut 2-1/2" wide:
- divided by 2 is 1-1/4"
- subtracting 1/4" for the seam allowance equals 1"
- divided by 2 equals 1/2" - cut 1/2" from the stitching line
- Fully stuffed binding shows about 5/8" on the quilt front and quilt back.
I hope this helps clarify how I came up with these numbers.
A huge thank you to friends locally and far away (Australia) who took the time from a busy schedule to attend in real time. I know which of you were "out there," and I deeply appreciate your support. Squeezy hugs from me. You're my treasure.
Now back to regularly scheduled sewing! Linda