Binding. I like binding, it's my favourite part of the quilt (because it involves hand sewing). I don't like to cut binding on the bias because;
- I'm lazy and it takes me longer
- it uses more fabric
- I have to actually think when I'm doing it lest I make a mistake (it's happened, often)
- it's a bit stretchy so I then have to concentrate more when I'm sewing it on (and if you follow me on twitter - I'm @ImAGingerMonkey by the way - you will realise I spend most of the day on there so I can't be distracted by having to concentrate on sewing, can I?)
Oh wait - what's THAT? The good folks at Riley Blake clearly read my mind and realised my terrible predicament and designed some bias set stripes so I can still cut my binding straight, and get the effect of bias cut stripes. They're good people.
Clever folks at Riley Blake.
And clever Brenda for ordering it and then telling me she ordered it knowing I would need a yard of each colour, just in case (it's possible I will need more yards later, once this is gone, you never know when you will find a perfect bias stripe again) Here's my fabric buying tip - when you see something like this that you really love for binding buy at least a yard of it. You will get a couple of quilts out of a yard. Especially if you make smaller lap size quilts (roughly 1/2 yard per lap size quilt).
Gelato is getting quilted and getting her some pretty bias striped binding. She's a happy quilt, aren't you gelato? (yes, she says). I'm waiting patiently for it to arrive so I can make my binding, probably before gelato is even quilted.
It comes in Pink, Yellow and Green. Yum.