Do you quilt binding?
Some bind first before quilting while others do binding after they finish quilting. Binding is the last part of the quilting process. This has been the ideal. Binding lets you finish your quilt and secure its edges.
What size should a quilt binding be?
If the size of your seam allowance is the regular ¼”, the ideal width for your quilt binding strips will range from 2” to 2 ½”. It all depends on your preferences. It can also be wider if you prefer a larger binding than the standard ¼” seam allowance width.
Can you machine stitch binding on a quilt?
Use a 1/4-inch seam and stitch the binding to the quilt. Stop about 3 inches from the corner. (Hint: A walking foot helps keep the quilt layers from shifting. You can also machine or hand baste the quilt’s edge just inside the 1/4-inch seam before adding the binding.
Should I square up my quilt before adding borders?
Once your piece is quilted, you need to make the edges even and square before adding your binding. It is easier and more accurate to trim the quilt sandwich if the three layers are sewn together at the edge. Otherwise, the bottom layer can shift and you end up with edges that are not the same.