The Final Post in the Let It Snow QAL

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.

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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.

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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!

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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:

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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.

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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).

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Here’s the finished runner in my dining room.  This will be its home during the winter months when I have this runner out.DSC_1870

 

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.

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6 Responses to The Final Post in the Let It Snow QAL

  1. Jean says:

    When I finish the bonding by machine, I always seem to miss some spots. It is so much faster, but I never like the look as well as the hand finish. Obviously, I need to either, slow down, be more accurate, or give it up!

    • Jean – I miss spots too! So sometimes I end up having to stitch some areas a second time. Having enough fabric to have a larger overlap so you get 1/8th past the fold will help too. I didn’t get quick or accurate with this until one year when I was getting ready for quilt market and put binding on 30 runner samples in a short period of time. That did it!

  2. adaisygarden says:

    It looks beautiful!

  3. treadlemusic says:

    I really like the method when doing items that I know will get constant use and much machine washing (baby quilts, table toppers, etc) and your tutorial is very excellent. Hand stitching still produces the most pleasant finish, though (IMHO). Definitely ready for “Spring-themed” projects (even though we’re currently enjoying the Texas warmth!)!!!!!!

  4. Kathie L says:

    Thanks for the sewalong. I’m ahead of the game. I love your patterns and ruler.

  5. Claudia says:

    Thank you so much for this great tutorial on how to machine bind a quilt. I used to finish the binding by hand, but I tried your method and I am very pleased with how it turned out. I used a Stitch-in-the-ditch foot on my machine and pinned the binding in place, and it worked wonderfully. I love your patterns and your bright and cheerful fabric designs a lot! Greetings from Germany, Claudia.

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