I kind of want to fold the backing fabric to the front for the border as well, but the internet says that method is not suitable for full size quilts. Does anyone know of any specific reason why? It seems a lot easier than any other binding method. This is the first time I'm going to bind a quilt on my own, without my mum or sewing teacher, and it doesn't have to be absolutely perfect, the top isn't either.
I just took an on-line course on Craftsy that taught exactly what you want to do - use the backing to bind - and they say it's possible on any size quilt. After watching, I agree with them. They even show how to miter the corners.
Look what I found when I went to youtube and searched 'quilt backing as binding' - it's 2 parts and the 2nd part starts shortly after you end the 1st part. Not mitered corners though but for a jeans quilt that would be okay.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqCOPdbPVDg
Thanks for the link! It really looks like something I should be able to do. Sadly, I'm stuck again with the quilt. My backing fabric wasn't as big as I remembered it to be, so the self binding is not an option. Which is a shame, because I felt the backing fabric would really compliment the quilt, but I currently don't have the budget to buy new fabric.
After basting (which I always struggle with) I machine quilted it, just straight lines in the ditch. It was my first time machine quilting and let's say I'm glad I didn't use a contrasting colour for the quilting like I had originally planned
I found tension to be the most difficult part, when you hand quilt you keep the layers in place by hand, but the sewing machine foot makes them move a bit.
Now I have to cut the regular borders, I'm afraid I'll have to wait to finish it until my next sewing class (which will be in march...) because I don't have the tools at home to cut fabric properly. I don't have a full sized cutting mat or a full sized ruler, but my teacher does. I could measure it out with a tape measure and cut it with scissors, but it would be hard getting things straight.
But this is my first full sized quilt and before it's even finished I learned many valuable lessons:
- First of all: don't be cheap and cut up worn jeans for quilt blocks. It's a nice idea, but most jeans have stretch in them and well worn pairs get the shape of the wearer's legs in them and you won't get that shape out (believe me, I've tried).
- Which results in blocks that you can't get perfectly flat. Out of my 9 blocks, 2 were really bumpy. I should have left them out, but I didn't, because I wouldn't have enough blocks. The result would have been much, much better had I left them out.
- When the fabric on top is not flat, it's much harder to get the backing fabric on without too many wrinkles. I did it relatively well, but it's not perfect.
- The machine foot pushes your fabric forward, that's something to watch out for. The layering needs to be really, really secure because it's much harder to put things right when it's all folded up under your machine.
- A full sized cutting mat and ruler are absolutely necessary. I live in a country where quilting is relatively unknown and even the few quilting stores we have, haven't heard of many supplies I've seen online. Things they do sell are extremely expensive and that's why I make do without them, but it's making things unnecessarily hard for me. I need to find those tools somewhere.
And well, it's a learning quilt. It's ok to have mistakes. My sewing teacher always talks us out of taking things apart when they're nearly done. You live, you learn, next one will be better. Since this is mainly a practical quilt (it's for my bed in cold winters) it's fine the way it is. Just one step on the way to making beautiful quilts like you guys do