Monday, March 28, 2016

Matching Angled Binding

I'm really big on bindings that match the piecing. And Light at the End of the Spiral was no exception - another binding match adventure, this time with pieced angles.



So here's a tutorial on Matching Angled Binding, specifically to match angled piecing.

Starting with enough length of binding strips, both in the main color (green) and accent color (purple), they're joined as usual.



A quick double check shows that the sewn angle fits one of the piecing angles, and will be the start point.



After matching the seams, a few stitches are taken to make sure it's perfect. It's a lot easier to rip out a few stitches than inches, in case it's not perfect.





The match is good, and the rest of the accent binding is pinned to the top until the next match point, as an estimate of length.



To keep angle confusion down, a pin is placed on the side of the binding that will show on the front of the quilt, and placed such that it points in the same direction as the pieced angle. That's the red pin below.



The binding is laid on the quilt again, with a pin placed at the point of matching, allowing for the seam.



The pink pin marks where the stitching line is for matching, and the red pin marks the direction of the seam join.



Opening up the binding, a 45 degree line is marked, to match the piecing angle. The accent binding is joined to the main color binding along this mark, but not trimmed.


Laying the binding flat again, a few stitches are sewn at the match point to check accuracy and binding length.



The match is good, and the binding length not slack or taught. If the binding length were off, an adjustment can be made in the binding join seam. Once the binding fits, the test stitches are removed so the join seam can be trimmed and pressed.






Once again, the seams are matched up, and a few stitches taken. When it's perfect, the binding can be completely stitched down.

Since my start point is the first angled match point, the
binding was sewn in small sections, starting a 4-6" back and stitching forward to the previous sewing. This eliminated guessing the binding length, or having an inaccurate binding length. 



After turning the corner, a point was reached that the two ends could be joined. For the final finish, this one got a hand sewn treatment.

Matching binding to piecing takes some patience, which is helped by taking a few stitches for matching, but the results are worth it!

For more binding tutorials, check out these:
Quick Fold Over Binding
Machine Binding
Piped Binding
Super Simple Binding
Two Color Binding
Matching Binding to Piecing
Reduce Bulky Corners

Have a great day quilting!

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip. I've seen this done before but wondered how it got matched up.

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  2. Wow! Amazing workmanship. Thank you for showing how it's done.

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  3. I must be dense, but how did you determine length of each strip to join?

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    1. Purple (accent) was determined by pinning it to the quilt. The green length was determined by measuring around the quilt.

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  4. Would have helped if I'd looked again at the quilt. I see how what you meant by adjusting if join didn't match up perfectly.
    Love the "light at the end of the spiral" quilt.

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