Binding with Piping

I am working on getting the binding on the whole cloth quilt.

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The first step is to hand stitch the piping to the quilt top.  This only goes through the top, no stitches into the batting or backing.

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I am stitching this on about 1/2 inch (eyeballing it) past the last row of stitching.

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After it is stitched on I trim the 3 layers, top, batting and backing, even with the outside edge of the piping.

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Next I turn under the raw edges of the piping and the backing and pin in place.  I want the edging to be full so I am bunching up the batting to fit inside but I could trim it shorter and it would be easier to pin.

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The backing now gets stitched to the piping

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And the front looks like this

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in the pictures you can still see my pencil lines from marking the top….the entire thing will be washed when it is done and these will be gone.

Now I have many yards more to do!

Happy Quilting


16 thoughts on “Binding with Piping

  1. Claudette Booker says:

    You make it look so easy! BTW, what kind of pencil do you use and how do you wash your quilts to get the markings out?

    • timquilts says:

      I use a cheep disposable .5mm #2 mechanical pencil…and I was my quilts with ordinary detergent (usually tide) and the marks come right out….but they are very light marks….if you press to hard and make them too dark it takes a bit of effort to get them out…a pretreatment like shout will do it

  2. Carla says:

    Looks great Tim! I would think that would be easier than binding those scallops, but I have tried it!

    • timquilts says:

      I have done binding scallops the normal way on a few quilts….and it is much easier than this…..much much much easier….but I like the way this looks so I am sticking with it

  3. Nancy Kluth says:

    Please remove from email list and stop sending emails. Thank you


    • timquilts says:

      You are not on my list and I have spent the last 30 minutes looking at every name over and over again, I can not find you there…. at the end of the emails that you receive (scroll down to the very bottom) there is a link to unsubscribe

  4. Sara says:

    The piping is going to be the final attraction of the quilt, unbelievable! You’re almost there!

  5. Francie says:

    Tim…just Beautiful ….for me even more so than the “Tree” quilt (taking away nothing from that one)…:D. BTW I got to see that one in person in Lancaster.
    Well, clearly your Popeye fingers (from quilting corduroy) aren’t getting in the way. LOL

  6. Connie says:

    Always amazed by your work. It’s always exciting to see what the next project will be. I love how you are willing to think outside the box…..piping vs. binding, corduroy, finishing antique tops, whole cloth, etc. I always wonder what you will think of next.

  7. Suzanne says:

    Stunning finish!

  8. Pat says:

    Do you make your own binding? I’ve never seen a quilt done this way but I really like it. Of course, I am new to quilting. Had twin grandsons almost 2 years ago and started just in time to finish 2 baby quilts for their mom’s baby shower.


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