The first time, I blocked the quilt and bound it with a method that machine stitches mitered corners. You cut the binding lengths to match the quilt measurements plus an extra couple of inches. Once the sides are sewn up to, but not including the seam allowance, you stitch the ends of two bindings together in a miter, press and turn. The corner is beautifully formed...theoretically. It looks really nice when done right, but it takes practice to get it right. Ricky Tims does his quilts this way, but I have not achieved his level of expertise. My problem might have been a tiny nipple at the point of the turned corner.
TIP: With this method, if you get a nipple on your corner you may have to do the whole side over because you have trimmed the inner seam just like you would a collar point so there's not much left to work with.
After removing the errant binding I soaked the quilt and re-blocked it. I first took 3 measurements horizontally and 3 measurements vertically, i.e. 1-2" from the edge of each side, top and bottom and one across the middle of each dimension. They may not match perfectly, but you can work with some minor discrepancy. If you have a major discrepancy you may have to trim. Then I averaged the numbers to get the final dimensions of my quilt. Next I hauled out my sheet of 1" styrofoam from the local big box hardware store and laid out blue painter's tape in a rectangle so the inner edges were the dimensions of my quilt. Be sure to measure the diagonals as well. They must be equal to each other. A non-square corner can throw the whole thing off.
|My Blocking Board|
(I have done several quilts so there are extra blue tape lines to ignore.)
|"Fenestra Rosa" pinned into submission.|
TIP: It really comes down to accurate blocking. If the quilt is off in any dimension it will not hang straight and the judges will catch it every time. If the quilt is for home use and will only hang on the clothesline this need not be an issue.
This time I bound the quilt with Sharon Schamber's method and it went very smoothly. We'll see what I get back from future shows.
Happy Stitching until next week.