It’s the final wrap up for the Let It Snow QAL!
I finished up the quilting with the use of a few simple designs.
I chose to meander the background and a free-hand design in the trees. I did loops in the border, but with the busy print, you can only see them from the back. If you want to see how I quilted the other Let It Snow quilts, you can hop over to this post.
For the binding, I decided to do it all by machine. I prefer doing it by hand using this method, but machine works in a pinch. If you need some pointers on doing the initial application by machine, you can see this tutorial and this tutorial. I talk about things like how to determine the seam allowance, how to miter the corners, and a simple way to turn your binding into one continuous piece. I use the French double fold method and I cut my binding 2 1/2″.
To set up your machine, you will need your top thread to match the border fabric and your bobbin thread to match the binding fabric. I also recommend using an open toe foot. The photo below shows you what an open toe foot looks like. As you can see, it makes seeing where you are going so much easier!
To begin sewing, pull the folded edge of the binding to the back side of the runner. I align it so the folded edge is about 1/16th of an inch past the stitching line on the back side of the runner. From the front side of the runner, I stitch in the ditch between the binding (see photo above) and the border so that the stitching catches the edge of the binding on the back side like this:
This takes a little bit of practice and I do it mostly by feel. I can tell by running my finger along the ditch that I referred to earlier, that the edge of the binding is sticking just past where the stitching line will be. If you can’t do it by feel, you can pin it in place from the front and pull the pins out as you come to them.
To make this process easier, I usually make my seam allowance a tad narrower so that it is easier to fold the binding past the stitching line. If you are having trouble with being able to catch that edge of the binding on the back side, you can adjust the overlap to be 1/8th of an inch, rather than the 1/16th that I aim for. I also pin the corners so that I get a nice miter because it’s a little harder to keep everything in position while going around the corner. When I’m done, I usually give the binding a good shot of steam. I find that when I do all the stitching by machine, I sometimes get a slight ripple along the edge and the binding doesn’t lay totally flat. The steam will usually fix that for me.
I’m happy that I did the blue background, for something a little different. My favorite part is the black print on the outer border. When this fabric comes out, I will be ordering more of that one for sure. (BTW – The fabric line is Juniper Berry by Basic Grey for Moda fabrics).
Thanks to all of you for sewing along. I hope you gained some new confidence in working with angles. I hope the project provided a good reason to spend some time back in the sewing room after the holidays. If there is anything else that you would like to have a sewing along on or a technique that you would like to learn more about, you can leave it in the comments. I’m always looking for feedback on what quilters are interested in. What are you doing next? I’ve got a couple of projects almost finished to share, so I am exited to move onto something new to share with you.