I quilted my first Olaf Panel back in December, so this is my second one. It has gone quicker than the first just because I didn’t have to make any quilting design decisions. Much of the design originally came from Leah Day. I added a double border with Pine Needles in the white 2 inch border and a variation of Starry Mess in the 4 blue 4 inch border. The photo above shows both border designs as I am sewing on the binding.
I first learned to bind a quilt using Sharon Schamber’s school glue method and now use a combination of that with Leah Day’s Learn How to Bind a Quilt From Start to Finish. I machine quilt; I just can’t find the time to hand stitch the binding. Here’s my binding method:
- Determine the perimeter(P) of the quilt using the length(L) and width(W) measurements: P=2L+2W
- Determine how many 2 1/4 inch wide strips (S) are needed for the width of fabric(WOF): S=P/WOF (If you don’t have to round up much, add an extra strip just to make sure you have enough)
- Sew the strips together, press binding strips, and sew the binding on the front of the quilt using Leah Day’s instructions.
- I don’t use glue for this step.
- I use a walking foot so the quilt moves evenly through the machine while stitching.
- Turn the binding to the back and use glue method to hold the binding in place using Sharon Schamber’s method (See photo below.)
- Sewing on the front stitch in the ditch or use a blanket or zigzag stitch to secure the binding
Next time I bind a quilt I will show you my steps in photos.
Until next time!