for those quilts that would look fantastic if the design just went off the edge. Modern quilts, landscape quilts, and quilts that are works of art are candidates for this method. Used on Seed Mix,
which provided all of the demo shots for this technique, the no-show binding makes it appear that the quilting lines don't stop just because the quilt does.
There are many instructions out there for this binding method, and I chose to combine bits and pieces to do what works for me, and for this quilt. Feel free to follow along, or change it up to suit you.
For this binding, I cut 2" wide strips, WOF, and pressed over a 1/2" on one side. Wider strips, or even a strip pressed in the middle can be used, it's up to you.
The strips are cut to the length of the sides of the quilt, minus 1", then stitched 1/4" from the edge on the front of the quilt, leaving 1/2" space on each end. The fold faces up.
Press the binding away from the front, and stitch again within the seam allowance, close to the edge of the quilt.
On the backside, press the binding to the back making sure that the seam is showing towards the back at the edge. At the fold, hand stitch the binding to the backing.
Once stitched, complete the top and bottom bindings. Cut 2" strips, press a 1/2" on one side, and measure the top and bottom widths, adding 3". Cut the strips to that length.
The corners need the batting trimmed out between the binding stitching, approximately 1/4" to 3/8" square. This eliminates bulk and allows the corners to fold over.
Pin the binding onto the front side for stitching as before, but turn 1 1/2" at the ends around the side edge, to the front side. Stitch through all layers.
Press the binding away from the front, and away from the back at the corners.
Stitch again in the seam allowance, through all layers, close the quilt edge. Press the binding to the back, with the seam showing towards the back, and tucking the corner pieces into place under the binding. Pin in place, and hand stitch the edge closed on the side, then continue along the fold of the binding edge.
Give it a try on your next special quilt!