Binding–What To Do

accuquilt, Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier, Wagon’s West (dresden plates)

I started to look at the binding yesterday for Wagon’s West and ending up not doing anything!  I have several thoughts on it —

This is the main idea I am thinking about and I don’t remember what it is called!  you fold one strip in half and attach it to the front for a 3D look and then you put the biding on and hand sew on the back like usual.


Of course you need to imagine that gray color being the size of binding – what do you think and what do you call it? the word totally escapes me at the moment.  And just how thin is the folded piece supposed to be? quarter inch?  I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts today and Quilt Fabrication a rather new blog to me and My Quilt Infatuation and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


Or I could just do gray or I could piece a lot of strips from the layer cake that I used for a scrappy binding – mixing in some of the gray here and there as well and maybe the scraps from the backing which is the thin strip that I folded over on the top two photos.


I mentioned possibly sewing a straight line going out from the circles to the points of the squares but decided it really had enough quilting in those spaces as is – the spool of thread is there so you can see the size of the space that has no quilting in it.  I don’t really think it needs more do you?  (the thread is King Tut I have been asked – this one is #913)


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12 comments… add one
  • Jean Etheridge Aug 3, 2016

    Is it called a flange?

  • Barbara Aug 3, 2016

    I like the 3D binding but have no idea what it’s called. I have done a similar one but really tiny that’s called Hot Piping and I use a special tool for it. I think you are right about the purple quilting, it looks just perfect as you have done it.

  • Kathi Aug 3, 2016

    It is a flange binding… MSQC has a tutorial on how to do this all by machine. I am happy to find it if you are interested… I saved it! lol To try when I wanted a machined flanged binding but I sort of like your way of doing it better esp on wagon’s west!!! That is one of my fave quilts you have done and now you are gonna take up a few more notches for me by thinking of adding a flange to the border!!!
    Love how you are quilting your Final Frontier quilt too… less is enough in this case… more quilting would detract from your 365 circle blocks I think! And with your blocks being the 4 1/2″ finished… it is enough quilting I think 🙂
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  • Sandra. B Aug 3, 2016

    Yes, it is called a flange….I have never done one, but I think it is a great look….looking forward to seeing what you decide….
    I also agree that you don’t need to add additional quilting on Final Frontier….I think what you have done is perfect….
    We are finally getting a break in the weather here in Virginia….lower temps for a couple of days, and less humid…..finally!!! If tomorrow is in the low 80’s as they predict, we will open the windows and let in some fresh air….cannot wait!!!

  • Vicki W Aug 3, 2016

    I like the idea of the flange binding. That particular fabric is a little distracting to me though. I think the pattern on the fabric is too big and it’s creating a regular color pattern that’s jarring to me. Maybe a subtler patterned fabric instead? Or try the reverse side of the fabric for a softer color. Could just be how it’s displaying in the photo.

  • Rebecca Grace Aug 3, 2016

    Yes, it’s a flange. I’ve also heard it called “faux cord” in home dec, or “faux piping” because it gives a look similar to welt cord trim without actually having any cord inside.
    I’ve never put a binding like that on any of my quilts before, but I think it would look great on your Wagons West quilt. You know, you don’t HAVE to sew it on in two steps like that. You could prepare whatever length of both the flange and the binding fabric, press both strips WST, and then serger or zigzag them together along the raw edges. Then sew them to the front of the quilt in one pass at whatever finished binding width with the binding on top and flange in the middle against the quilt top, and then wrap only the binding around to the back of the quilt to secure.
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  • Kristie Aug 3, 2016

    Love your flange idea for the binding. Your stitches are perfect on your hand quilting. Amazing job.
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  • Celia Aug 3, 2016

    http://www.52, called Susie’s Magic Binding. Great tutorial, good photos. Hope this helps you. Your quilt is just wonderful.

  • Mary Ann Aug 4, 2016

    Love the idea of a flange binding and the fabric shown in the picture. No matter which fabric you choose, the colors in your quilt are beautiful.

    My thoughts on the quilting you are doing is you are doing just the right amount. Highlights the circles perfectly in addition to the quilting around the square. Another beautiful quilt.

  • Carole Aug 4, 2016

    I like the idea of the flanged binding, with the bright print against the grey, should be lovely.
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  • Susan Aug 4, 2016

    Are you looking for piped binding, where it’s just a little bit of fabric showing? I love this type of binding, as it adds just that bit of pop! It’s really easy to do – I have a tutorial for it here:
    Hope it’s what you’re wanting to do. Thanks for linking up on Midweek Makers!

  • Sarah Craig Aug 4, 2016

    I love scrappy bindings – they are a great way to use up leftover fabric from the top or bits of binding left over from other quilts – and adding a flange would look great! Good luck!

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