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Alaska quilt - part five

I've chosen to try a different kind of binding for this quilt than I usually do.  I've seen it called a "wrap and tuck" binding, but it may have other names.  The gist of it is easy: the backing fabric is cut larger so that it can be wrapped to the front and tucked under the outer 1/2 inch of the top.  At the bottom of this post are links to the other parts of the tutorial in case you missed anything.

It's hard to see in this picture, but I'm trimming the netting even with the quilted top.  Notice that the outer 1/2 inch of the top has not been quilted.

Using the 1 1/2 inch masking tape as a guide, trim the batting to match.

Still using the masking tape as a guide, trim the backing fabric 2 inches wider all around (3 1/2 inches wider than the top on all sides.  Fold the backing up and over the masking tape and iron to form a good crease.  Remove the masking tape.

Tuck the backing underneath the free edge of the top and iron again.

Pin the edges in place.  The corners of the frame could be mitered if you'd prefer, but I was fine with just overlapping them.  It seemed more in keeping with all the rest of the raw edges not to have the frame formally mitered.

Blanket stitch down the raw edges of the quilt.

Tack down the fold at each corner.

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It's lovely, Cyndi.

Back in the 50s, a group of women came to our house to quilt - actually just to fnish the large. All the small work was done ahead.

They made six quilts for my family - one for each of us kids.

This was how they finished them. They didn't call it anything special. It's just the way it was done.

They were all of German heritage. That may be a clue. Quilts have such a rich history.
Cyndi L said…
That's very interesting! Stitching on a binding strip was the preferred method around us, which was also a heavily German area (central PA).
Cherie Burbach said…
Wow, your pictures are so good on this. I'm learning a lot.