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How to Hand Bind a Quilt

  At this point in your quilt-making journey, you’ve finished quilting, and you’re ready to finish those edges with some binding!    I usually prefer machine binding, but the quiltiverse seems to agree that hand binding is the easiest method, especially for beginners. If this is your first quilt, you will probably want to hand bind it! And even experienced quilters often stick to hand-binding because of how clean the finish is. In this tutorial, I'll show you the process of hand binding, step by step.    The kind of binding we will use today is called double-fold binding because it gets folded once before attached to your quilt, then again when you go to sew the binding on.    We call the...

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How to Hand Quilt - Hand Quilting Basics

  There are many ways to finish a quilt, and hand-quilting is one of my favorites. Stitching your quilt together by hand is a slow and time consuming process. But it is also deeply satisfying. Hand quilting gives quilts a lovely soft, crinkly texture. And using a thicker thread for hand quilting means that your stitches are much more visible than standard machine quilting.    If you've never tried quilting by hand before, and you're wondering where to start, this post is for you!    Hand Quilting Supply List Your basted quilt Needle Thread Thimble Marking tool Embroidery scissors or thread snips   For a more detailed breakdown of how to choose your tools, check out this post.   Marking Your Quilt   ...

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How to Baste a Quilt

Today I'll be showing you how to baste a quilt, on my Simple Stripes quilt. The pattern will be available in my shop on September 16th, 2021.    Great, you’ve made your quilt top!    Now what?    Before you can turn your quilt top into a finished quilt, you’ll need to baste it. Basting a quilt is a way of holding the layers together, before you quilt them by machine or by hand.    There are many ways to baste a quilt, but they tend to fall into three major categories:    Thread basting Spray basting Pin basting   Pin basting is, to me, the easiest and most approachable of these techniques. It’s what we’ll be talking about today!   ...

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How To: Baste a Quilt in a Small Space

  Normally, basting a quilt calls for a large, flat surface that you can spread out your quilt on. Most people use a floor. But what if you live in a small space, and you don’t have enough room to spread out your quilt on the floor? What if you’re making a quilt that is WAY bigger than your bed, or any other flat surface in your home?    I often find myself in exactly this situation. My boyfriend and I live in a 400 sq ft. apartment in the Bay Area. There isn’t room to baste even a throw-sized quilt on the floor. Luckily, I’ve come up with my own method to pin baste quilts on almost any surface! ...

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How to Machine-Bind a Quilt

At this point in your quilt-making journey, you’ve finished quilting, and you’re ready to attach binding.  The kind of binding we will make today is called double-fold binding, because it gets folded once before attached to your quilt, then again when you go to sew the binding on. This tutorial will show you how to make double-fold binding, and how to attach it to your quilt.  Before you begin, you’ll want to trim any excess batting and backing off your quilt, and straighten up the edges. Use a long ruler and rotary cutter to square up.  Cut Your Double-Fold Binding Strips Decide what width of binding you want. Usually, standard double-fold binding is cut at 2 1/2” wide. This is...

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