14 September, 2012

Friday Favourites: Continuous Bias Binding


Up until a few months ago I was deathly afraid of continuous bias binding. As afraid of it as I am of falling and failure.  Then I had a project that was just begging to be bound with a bias stripe. Begging for it. So I gritted my teeth, consulted the interwebs, and our book (Amanda wrote great instructions for continuous bindings with mitered corners). Then I dove right in.

And it was easy!

Yes, it requires patience. Yes, it requires more fabric if you don't feel like doing any math. But it is so worth it. For the effect it gives, for the feel of the binding. (And, for many, for the wear of the binding.)

Now I feel like I have another tool in my arsenal to make each quilt uniquely mine. Not to mention to fuel for another favourite - custom bias tape - but that is for another time.

7 comments:

giddy99 said...

I was really nervous about making my own bias binding, too, but I fell in love with it almost immediately! I love cutting it, stitching it together, pressing the seams flat and wrapping it around a bit of cardstock for later use. Is that weird? :)

Beth said...

Great job! Nice when something is easier than you expect hu?

thecraftypioneer.com said...

It's always great when you learn something new.

Josie McRazie said...

I cannot even tell. You how much of a sucker I am for strippey bias binding! I just think it adds so Mich movement to a quilt! Swoon! :o)
(that and scrappy! LOL)

Suzanne said...

Hmm, I don't remember that part in the book. I'm off to reread that part. Thanks for conquering that fear and telling about it.

charlotte said...

Okay, this feels like an I dare you to try it post, so maybe I will with one of the two small quilts I am making right now. Start small, that's my motto.

charlotte said...

Cheryl, I know it wasn't a dare but it turned into the best little push. I made my bias binding and it was so easy. It took a bit longer, but was totally worth it. Thanks for giving me the push I needed to overcome my hesitations in trying this.