Monday, May 9, 2011

Supernova Binding and Finish

I've completed my Supernova quilt, and couldn't be happier with it. I thought I'd share with you how I add binding to a quilt. (This will be a refresher for you long-time FlourishingPalms subscribers.) The binding method I use isn't my own, but it's unique. I encourage you to try it. I'm so partial to it that my tutorial is here (or find it on the menu tab "Seven Quilt-y Tutorials"). 

With this method of sewing binding to a quilt, binding isn't sewn to the quilt continuously (folded at the corners). Instead, four separate binding strips are sewn to each of the four sides of the quilt. Here's a picture of a corner showing two tails of two binding strips.

After I've sewn each strip to the quilt, all four corners look just like this one.

The best part about this method is that each corner has a machine sewn mitered corner.
How neat is that!?

After trimming away the binding fabric at each corner, and removing the excess backing and batting, you simply turn the corner to the outside to get this pretty finish. Now you're ready for relaxing hand sewing.

Voila! The finished quilt. 

I love these pictures of it blowing in wind on a pretty spring day in Iowa.

I think you can see some of the quilting too.

I'm very pleased with Supernova which finished at 62" X 62".

A huge thank you from me to Lee at FreshlyPieced in Wisconsin who designed this quilt and offered making it as a quilt along. For me, it was a wonderful opportunity to sew with solids after believing - since the 1980s - that solids were used only in Amish quilts! I can make a nice-looking quilt using a solid!

If you'd like to see more Supernova quilts, check them out here on Flickr.

Oh! And I try really hard not to forget to sew a label onto the back of every quilt I make. I hope you do too.


  1. I've never seen this binding method! I'm going to follow your link and give it a go! Thank you!

  2. Your quilt is so pretty. I keep saying to myself, "Next time, I'm going to try Linda's binding method!" So far, I haven't, but I will! I never seem to want to take the time to think it through, isn't that silly!

  3. Gorgeous quilt Linda! A lovely warming image on such a cold day as it is here. :)

  4. I love your Supernova! Great colour choices and your quilting idea is wonderful. I have to say that I have yet to draw on any quilting design on any quilt so far. Your quilting looks wonderful!

  5. Stunning quilt Linda! The colours are fablous, and I like your binding method too.

  6. I love your label! What a great idea! I have been wondering how to do those bindings. I read about them somewhere recently but could not figure out how to do them. Thanks!

    Your quilt turned out beautiful!

  7. It is beautiful, Linda. I love all the colors against the background. It really pops them out. Very nice quilting.

  8. Looks fab Linda...I love how you did the corners of the binding..I'm going to have to try it..
    Thanks Julia ♥

  9. Your Supernova is beautiful! I'd love to make one like this for a grandson. Someday perhaps I'll have more time. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Love the SUPER Supernova Quilt Linda. Colours are fabulous. Great binding Tute.
    Susanna(another Sue)haha

  11. Thanks for sharing the tutorial again. I missed it the first time round and now I am anxious to try it on my next quilt.

  12. Neat binding tip!! I love the way your quilt turned out! Great job!! How did you make that label? I have yet to label a quilt, even though I know I should.

  13. Jackie Robinson has a marking ruler/tool that is used with this method of binding.

    Love the vibrancy of colors that you have used in your quilt.


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