The Free Motion Quilting Project: Binding Craftsy Class

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Binding Craftsy Class

Since finishing quilts has been on my mind, this week I spent some time watching Finishing School: Edges and Bindings and boy! did I learn a lot!

Binding is one of those things that can be tough to master. We build skills for piecing, applique, and free motion quilting, but the binding is always the last step and tricky to practice on anything other than a quilt that is NEARLY done. Who wants to potentially mess up a quilt that's literally one step from being finished?
If you've caught yourself in this situation, you definitely need to check out this binding Craftsy class! Mimi Dietrich is a creative, funny teacher who has so much experience explaining the steps to preparing, sewing, and attaching binding to a quilt.

In this class you'll learn how to attach regular folded binding to the edges of a quilt and miter the corners. You'll also learn how to make bias binding and bind around beautiful curves and scallops.

I was especially interested in learning how to pull the backing fabric around to the front to use as binding. I've fiddled with fabric many times trying to get this technique to work, but never found a method that worked consistently. Mimi breaks down this process and even shows how to fold the corners so the binding finishes perfectly all around!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Personally I've found myself in a rut with binding - I know how to do it, but I rarely push beyond the basic turned edge binding. Turns out there's all sorts of decorations and trims you can add like piping, cording, ric rack, lace, prairie points, and ruffles. Additions like these can really make a big difference to even the simplest quilt and Mimi breaks down each technique into clear steps that are easy to follow.

So if binding has been the step you've been avoiding, or you'd like to learn new methods to spice up your quilts, or you're looking for a little challenge and needing a foolproof method for binding a curved or scalloped edge quilt, this is definitely a great class to join!

Of course, this being a Craftsy class, you're guaranteed access to this class FOREVER - it will be your resource to refer back to again and again.

Clearly there's something for everyone in this class, and all skill levels of quilters will find techniques to use for any quilt project. Click here to sign up for Finishing School: Binding & Edging and get 17% off your class.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day


  1. Thank you so much for the link, Leah!

    I CAN do a bias binding but I really need to expand and refine my skills, so I bought this class.

    I love Craftsy!

  2. My husband bought me this course for Christmas. I think binding is the hardest part of the process. I have started the course but have not gotten too far. I need to get back to it before I bind another quilt.

  3. Hi Leah!
    This class should be great, I'll see in Craftsy!
    I did a Tutorial on my blog about simulating the binding, bringing forward backing fabric. You can see it here: (you can read with the translator, but I think that the pictures are clear). I learned it from a blog where were the revision of a special rule, can see the link in that same post.
    Have a beautiful day! A hug!

  4. If you want to see a really cool binding, check out All done on the machine and such a great look for casual quilts.
    Thanks for your continuing inspiration!


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