I picked the larger of the spray basted quilts to work on today!
Originally I was going to do curves in the binding. Gentle curves with equal measurements on the top and bottom... But then when trying to figure where they would start and end I noticed the design of the quilt was asymmetrical, something that had appealed to me when I picked the pattern. But something that I had to think about toward the end when I was adding the final borders. I decided then to have the borders be equal on all sides, and that is what I decided about the binding too.
So I practiced another magic binding finish!
Changes and tips I used again:
Pinned and then sewed each joining set all at one time.
Cut the flange 2 inches (instead of 1.75) so more of it would show.
Cut the main color still 1.5 inch and used fabric recovered after trimming the backing and batting so it was a tad sticky. I did not press the seams open for the fabric joins of each strip as I wasn't sure what would happen to the iron or fabric.
I used the tip of pinching the end at the corner then bringing the result up to meet the sewing line. And I used the stack of fabric (I didn't have emery board handy) so the pressure foot at the corners was level with the fold when I was sewing that to the back.
More of the flange shows, which in this case with plain fabric, I like. I'm still getting an extra line of stitching that shows on the back, but the binding is done and this charity quilt is now ready for free motion quilting!
As I was working on the binding I started thinking ahead to the buckets of grapefruit waiting to be turned into marmalade. My son and I keep charts of what we do (amounts of fruit, water, sugar; cooking times and temperature). Seems we are always tweaking something, just like I was tweaking the making and application of this binding.