Quilt binding using the backing

It is a bit embarring how long it has been since I have updated my blog.  So, today is the day.  TOPIC?  Using your quilt backing as your binding.  There are many ways to bind a quilt.  I was facing this question recently when I finished a runner.  The backing fabric matched the front of the quilt perfectly and was the perfect size to lend itself to the fold over method of using it as the binding also.  It has been awhile since I have used this method so I goggled it.  What I found was a marvelous totrial with VERY clear instructions and helpful pictures - YEAH!  Here is the link


One of the first things she suggested was that this is NOT the method to use when binding large quilts...CHECK!  I am binding a table runner.  She suggested an inch around, I used less.  If this is your first time attempting this, I think an inch along each side is a good suggestion.  I have done this before so I used 5/8".  She also said that one would need to do some fanaggling to get the mitered corners to look right and she was absolutely right!  The top right photo shows the corner pinned.  When I got to the corner I unpinned it and did that fanaggling.  The middle right photo is a close up of the sewn corner and as you can see, I was able to make a nice mitered corner.  All and all I would say she gave really good instructions.  

This runner is going to Ohio and will be a wedding present for my nephew and his bride along with the matching coiled fabric basket and trivet, which has an appliqued heart in the middle of it.  I sincerely hope that they like it!