Today I want to share with a table runner. This is known as Quilt As You Go (QAYG), meaning that the quilting is done as you make the quilt.
I have been sewing for many years and have made quite a few quilts. The binding has always petrified me, I could never figure it out. I would usually just serge my edges and call it done. A few years ago, I wanted to try it. The binding just gives whatever you make a more finished look.
My first try wasn’t a complete failure, I tried it on placemats. The same method (QAYG). It wasn’t perfect, but it was on there. So this week, I made a table runner.
Again, not perfect, but it is a lot better than the placemat :). I will try it again making a small wall hanging, but I wanted to share with you my process and what I learned.
First, I made my own binding. Just cutting strips 2 1/2 inches wide. I sewed all of my binding strips together on an angle, will probably do that again.
The rule of thumb with machine stitching the binding on is, if you are going to hand sew, you want to machine stitch the binding on the front of the quilt and hand sew the back. The opposite if you want to machine stitch the binding on both sides.You want to start on the back and finish on the front. That may be the rule, but my suggestion is do whatever makes you comfy.
I did use a walking foot to sew the binding on, this makes it easier but not necessary. On the front, I used a stitch in the ditch foot, I really liked this foot and made the stitching look really nice, again not necessary.
Lastly, my advice would be:
- Practice makes perfect
- Take your time
- Try something small
Thank you so much for stopping by today, you can see the video HERE. I will post links to binding tutorials that I watched, again do what feels best to you.
Hope you have a great day! Hugs, Stacy