This is Billie's quilt.....loooove it!
The trip around...
I start stitching the binding on the right side of the already quilted top. Usually about 2/3rds of the way down is where i begin. The bottom is stitched next, then up the left side (below)
and across the top of the quilt
i have to peer over the handles
when stitching the top. The hopping foot is even with the raw edges measuring 1/4".
Preparing the corners...i don't have to stop and start...i just zip out of the way, make my folds
and zip back into place and off i go...
down the right side
...to where i began.
I must add that where i start and where i stop, i leave at least a 12" unstitched tail. This allows me to manipulate the binding when mitering the two ends together.
Off the machine and trimming the tail exactly 2-1/2" longer by overlapping the beginning strip.
This measurement is determined by the width of the binding before it is folded in half. I mark, then cut.
Always referring to my Alex Anderson book, i flip and mark the tail for a mitered seam and stitch.
The excess is trimmed
and the seam is pressed open.
Finishing the final trip around
on my domestic machine.
Billie used a black backing, stitched with a variegated 'Brights' Signature Thread for both top and bottom.