Next, it is time to make the binding. I used about a yard of cotton fabric in a light peach color. To start off, you will need to cut the fabric perpendicular to the selvedge edge into strips 2 1/4 inches wide. Most cotton quilting fabric is 42″ wide, so each strip will give you about 40 usable inches. To determine how many strips you need for your binding, divide the perimeter of the quilt by 40. For my quilt, I needed 10 strips.
When all the strips are cut, it is time to join the strips together into one long strip. To do this, put the ends of two strips together at a right angle with right sides together and stitch from corner to corner to join the strips at an angle. Keep doing this until all your strips are joined into one long chain.
This will give you a nice long piece of binding. There is just one last step before we can attach it to the binding. Take one end of your strip, open it up so it is flat, and cut off the end at a 90 degree angle. Then fold the binding closed again along the lengthwise crease.
Now it is time to attach the binding to the quilt! Start in the middle of one of the sides of the quilt and leave about six inches of binding unattached (the angled end of the binding). Place the binding so the open edge lines up with the edge of the quilt and the folded edge points to the middle of the quilt.
Press open the seam allowance (a finger press should work just fine), clip off the corners, and fold the binding back along the lengthwise crease.
Comments + Project Love
Tanya Runkle says
Alexis this is gorgeous, you are so talented!! Pinning- xo<br /><br />Tanya
bethany dearden says
So beautiful! I love the simplicity! I have never made a quilt, it looks so intimidating! You used a regular machine right?
This is amazing. I've admired quilting but always felt pretty intimidated about attempting it, but I really realllllly want to try this. The color combination is perfect, too.
Jessica Anderson says
Why have I never thought to make a no-piece quilt?! I love this!
You make quilting look so easy! You might convince me to try it yet.
Emily McCauley says
I love that this is with solid fabric, not patterns. That is always my pet peeve with quilts, it's too busy!! Someday I will finally learn how to use my machine (when the husband lets me leave it on the dining table) and be able to do projects like this. Way to go!
Amy Lee Scott says
Alexis, this is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I also bow down to your quilting prowess 🙂 I am in the process of making one of my first quilts–just straight lines and I threw in the towel after quilting three of they yesterday. I think my batting is too thick. Anyway, I hope I can someday work up to this glorious-ness!
The quilt turned out so well. Love the geometric stitching!
Mamas Guide says
Just finished this quilt! I haven't made anything in almost 20 years and this is my first project on my new sewing machine. I made a smaller version because I knew I would make mistakes (and totally did) but I'm proud to have started and finished and can't wait to make another one! Thank you for the great instruction and inspiration!