There's a solution to every problem

So you know I've been plagued with minor issues while trying to get the quilts ready for the photo shoot for my upcoming book. It's been one thing after another, and I'm not quite sure why. I guess I'm rushing. Well, anyhow, now it is binding.

This is how I like my binding to look. I join the end
to the beginning by stitching them together on the diagonal
so there's no lump indicating the start and stop.
I've got to tell you, I'm a little binding-proud. I think I do it very well and my method works for me. Of course I've had judges beg to differ, but that's a story for another time. So, I'm working on a set of placemats and it happens...
Can you see the overlap is only 1 1/2", not 2"?
To get the beginning and end joined on the diagonal perfectly, you need to cut one side of the binding longer than the other. It should overlap the exact width of the binding. I cut my binding 2" wide, so the overlap is also 2". But in this case, I was on the phone with DH and distracted. I laid the ruler upside down, so guess what? I only cut an 1 1/2" overlap. Okay, deep breath time. I see no solution other than piecing a length of binding back on, on the diagonal, and joining the two ends on the diagonal, making two diagonal seam lines within a few inches of each other. Drats.

This morning, after a good night's sleep, as I was contemplating the situation, the solution popped into my head. Duh, just overlap it 1/2" and do a straight seam. That's what I did, now I'm done and it's ready to be hand-stitched down. One little lump isn't going to show in a photo and these aren't for contest, so voila!

Here's the lumpy binding all ready to be hand-stitched down!
The moral is don't overlook the simplest solution!


  1. I've had this happen, but I didn't think of your solution. I added another strip to the binding, seamed on the diagonal, but not before I cut a few inches off of the piece that was already on the quilt. That way my two diagonal seams were not so close together. I like your solution better.

  2. ::Smiling:: I think I am a little binding-proud, too, so I completely understand. :D

    watch this youtube vid and if you trim it too small next time you can try this. Same as your method but any angle works so you might have enough fabric to do a bigger angle. Watch the vid and it should make sense!


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