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Small projects lend themselves very well to this technique of no binding flip and quilt finishing. What exactly does this mean?
To start there is no binding on the finished piece. Instead the piece has been sewn together, all three layers then flipped so that everything is right side out and the opening that was left is sewn together by hand. Then the quilting is done.
Follow these simple steps for this no binding flip and quilt technique.
First, cut all three layers – backing, batting and top – the same dimension. My pieces are 12 ½″ inches each.
Lay the top on the batting so all edges match evenly.
Lay the backing on the top of the quilt top right sides together.
Pin the layers together leaving the outside edges free.
Sew around the outside edges leaving an opening large enough to pull all three layers through. When sewing stop a ¼″ from the corner leaving the needle in the down position, pivot and sew down the other side.
Clip the corners with small cuts so that they will lie flat when turned.
Pull quilt through the opening so that everything is right side out.
Make sure that each corner of the piece is flat and forms a perfect corner. See Cool Tool Thursday this week for a a helpful tool to perform this job.
Iron flat and pin together again before quilting and sewing up the opening.
Hand sew the opening closed. Make sure to tune into Free Motion Friday this week to see how I quilt this little piece.
A quick method of finishing a quilt especially when the piece is really too small to warrant binding such as a pot holder or trivet. This method can be used on any size of quilt though with great success.