I'd like to share this very bright, very easy nine patch quilt that I finished for Abigail.
This quilt top came together quickly because I strip pieced the blocks. Abigail and I chose the fabrics. Next, I cut the fabrics selvage to selvage into 4" strips. I then sewed the strips together using this method. Once the blocks were complete, we arranged them on the floor and sewed them together.
Here's the pieced back of the quilt.
For this quilt, I attached the binding by machine.
While I love the look of numerous tiny, barely-visible hand stitches that serve to personalize a quilt, I must admit that hand sewing binding is not my favorite part. So given that this quilt will be used daily and washed often, I chose to sew the binding by machine. Not to mention the fact that my finger is still sore from sewing the binding on this quilt last week.
The following is a mini tutorial on how I attach binding by machine:
Cut binding fabric into 4 1/2" strips. Attach the strips end to end by placing fabric right sides together at 90 degree angle. Sew, trim, iron seam flat to one side.
Press entire strip in half lengthwise:
Using a walking foot, sew binding to the quilt using 1/4" seam allowance and mitering corners:
Then fold the binding to the back of the quilt and machine sew it in place. Sew very close to the edge of the binding strip.
The trick here is that the binding is wider on the backside than it is on the front of the quilt. Thus you will not catch the front of the binding when you sew.
However, this method does create a seam (bobbin thread) on the front of the quilt all the way around, about 1/4 inch from the binding edge. See photo below.
If this bothers you, you can make the binding a bit narrower, causing the seam on the front to be closer to the binding - but you take the chance of actually catching the front binding as you sew, causing wrinkles and puckers.
Caveat - this technique is not for special, heirloom quilts that take weeks to piece. Those bindings need to be sewn by hand.
But this method is quick, neat, and produces none of the puckering that you get when you wrap the binding around the quilt and sew, trying to catch both sides at the same time.
I spy ten happy toes.