Today seemed like a good time to review binding because frankly, I've gotten a bit lazy. There are many good videos on YouTube showing how to apply binding, turn the corners, and finish it off. In general I like this McCall's set of four videos but find they've missed an important step - waving edges. That happens when the binding length is not measured and fitted to each side.
It's easy to think the quilt is perfectly squared up but that's not always true. So cutting binding to the sum of the sides isn't enough to keep the edges flat. Sewing the binding to the quilt without comparing the side and the binding lengths allows them to stretch... even when using a walking foot.
A smarter way to attach the binding is to measure across the middle of the quilt in both directions and use those measurements for the sides. If the quilt is square like this one, measure both directions, take the average, and apply it to all four sides.
In this case, my "perfectly square quilt" was off by 1/8-inch. The average is 42.5 inches.
|Measuring across the quilt to determine |
the length of the sides of binding
|Start marking the binding with a pin|
|Insert another pin each time you reach the average length|
|Pin the binding on the fourth side |
over the original extra
|Fold the original leader back |
when pinning the binding in place