|Small World #12|
What's the secret to all that curvy, flat, loopy goodness?
Timtex holds the quilt and batting flat and allows you to cut curvy or even circular shaped quilts. There is one thing you have to keep in mind with this method of binding your quilts. You lose about 1" of design space around the edge of your quilt because each edge is wrapped around to the back of the quilt onto the Timtex.
Here's how to make a Wrapped Binding:
1. Cut your Timtex and batting about 1/2" smaller than each edge of your quilt top.
2. Stack the Timtex and batting on the cutting mat and trim each edge in a wavy motion. Cut curves in and out that measure about 1/4" – 1/2" deep with a rotary cutter.
3. Remove the release paper from your fused quilt top.
4. Center the batting onto the back of the quilt top. Flip the batting and quilt top over holding everything in place and place on release paper.
5. Steam set the quilt top to the batting for about 10 seconds in each spot. After it cools, remove it from the release paper.
6. Add hand embroidery stitches with size 8 or 12 pearl cotton thread and an embroidery needle just through the batting and top layer of the quilt.
7. Place the quilt top right-side down on the ironing surface. Match the Timtex shape to the batting and put in place. (Let's pretend the Timtex has wavy edges rather than straight edges.)
8. At a corner, fold the quilt top fabric onto the Timtex to form a right angle. Leave a little ease at the tip of the corner to get a sharp point. Fuse-tack the fabric just at the corner.
9. Repeat Step 8 at each corner of the quilt.
10. At a corner, fold one side of the quilt top fabric onto the Timtex. Slowly pull, wrap, and fuse-tack the quilt top to the back following the edge of the Timtex. Stop about mid-way down the edge.
11. At that same corner, fold the other side of the quilt top fabric onto the Timtex making a sharp point at the corner. Slowly pull, wrap, and fuse-tack the quilt top to the back following the edge of the Timtex. Stop about mid-way down the edge.
12. Repeat Steps 10 - 11 around the perimeter of the quilt.
13. Add random acts of fusing to fill in the back of the quilt.
14. Steam set the back of the quilt for 10 seconds in each spot.
15. Machine stitch the quilt if you want.
16. Add a hanging loop to the back of the quilt. This is a little thread loop made with a chain stitch.
You are now an official graduate of the Wrapped Binding Class! Time to celebrate you new knowledge!