Friday, 28 February 2014

How To Join a Quilt Binding: My 3-Pin Method

Sew your binding onto your quilt leaving a space
between the beginning and end of approx. 20".
Leave long tails of at least 18" on both ends of your binding
to accommodate for the join.
Use a 2 1/2" binding, folded in half.
(Update February 2017:  This also works for 2 1/4" bindings).
These photos show a machine sewn method that is attached from the back,
then folded over and machine topstitched to the front of the quilt.

Supplies:  2 long straight pins and a safety pin.


Bring the ends of your bindings together, pulling taut (but not stretching), 
folding them back where they meet.   Center these folds along the 20" opening.  

Holding taut, pin the left side of the binding to your quilt where it meets the right fold.  
Pin thru one layer of the binding fabric as in the photo.  

 Fold the left side back.  
Using this photo for reference, pin the right side of the binding to your quilt
where it meets the left fold that you have just pinned,
The 2 pins should be next to each other, pinned to your quilt. 

Fold the right side back. 

Open the binding.  
Insert the safety pin thru both layers of the binding fabric, 1/4" from the edge.  
Close the safety pin.  
This becomes your pivot point.   

Remove the 2 straight pins.  

Pivot the binding ends, perpendicular to each other,  using the safety pin as your pivot point. 
Make sure the fabric at the safety pin stays together.  
The safety pin will now be on the seam line.  

With the 2 straight pins, secure your bias seam line.  

Sew the bias seam as in this photo, 
removing the straight pins and safety pin as you sew.  

Trim the ends of the seam and finger press open.  

Pull the binding apart for a perfect fit 
with a beautiful bias seam!

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"Another Fun Border" Photo Tutorial

The measurements for this border. 


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Generations of Roses

This is a Mystery Quilt project that I participated in with my Calgary guild last year.    The roses in the fabric and the quilting lines reminds me of beautiful rose bushes at many public gardens that I have enjoyed.  I am also brought back to the wonderful perfume of the old-fashioned pink roses from my childhood. The wild variety, like the Alberta provincial rose, has the most wonderful scent.

This quilt is a good example of Neutral Color Theory.  You will find a tutorial at the bottom of the page.  


Custom Quilting by Lorraine Appleby.
 Thank you to Rose for organizing this fun project!

For the Color Theory on this quilt please see my tutorial:


Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Olympic Masks

The masks of hockey in the fabric, 
the colors of the Olympic Rings
the masks of tradition in the stitching
come together
with Olympic Spirit.




 Custom Quilting by Lorraine Appleby. 

I am so pleased to have completed this quilt for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Please see my original post
for this free quilt pattern
H E R E