Scrappy Bindings: One of the things that throws me off when thinking about making or even starting a piece is the binding. We have talked about this before and there are tons of alternatives to a basic binding such as mounting on canvas, framing, zig zagging the edges etc. But the last few pieces that I did for my Silhouette pattern samples I decided to just glue scrapes over the edge and then either leave them or do z tiny zig zag stitch on the raw edge. One the three I did this way I loved it and was looking forward to doing it at the end in stead of dreading the binding. So I thought I'd share a few that I did. All my samples so far have been made with batiks so I had no issue with raveling. The Rooster Silhouette was done with a Kaffe Fasset fabric and I was delighted that it was such high quality and didn't fray at all! The Rooster "binding" I did with bright whimsical Kona fabrics (which fray terribly) so I had to stitch. The Elephant and Fish Collage Silhouettes I did with batiks and there was no fraying so I haven't stitched them down. I am now happy to say that I really love this method of just using scraps or strips and gluing or fusing them to the edge, wrapping them to the back and stitching or not stitching. There are no rules in my art so I will be using this again and again! Hope you might try it too. More on Binding and Finishing on my website: suefreeberndesigns.com
Knife Edge binding is what Anita at Bloomin' Workshop calls this. Some call it Invisible binding and some Facing. Either way she has a great way of explaining this method with photos too. You can always find all my links for bindings, finishings, free motion quilting and more on the pages of my website dedicated just for those specific topics. Of course my patterns are shown on the Home page as well. SueFreebernDesigns.com
Sometimes when you add borders to your piece it has a closed in sort of confined feeling and your piece needs to have the feeling that it just keeps going past the edges. Well Nancy Zieman has the answer in this step by step tutorial on just how to make this hidden binding. You can always find this tutorial on my website page Binding/Finishing. This and many others inspirational ways to finish off your a piece are right there on one page! Just click on the photo above or on any colored link! Thank you Nancy!
Enjoy this free downloadable eBook from Quilting Arts on 12 New Ways on How to Bind Your Art Quilt. On the Edge, Not Bound by Tradition, A Big Finish for Your Small Quilt and Picture It Framed are just a few of the articles with instructions for different bindings. Thank you Quilting Arts! You can always find this link on my website under the page dedicated to Binding/Finishing pieces.
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