After a little encouragement from a friend, I've decided to write up a quick tutorial for the binding I used here. No pins used (ever), and no hand sewing.
As background, I do follow Amanda Jean's binding tutorial to prep my binding. I use 2.25" strips, although I think this may be easier with 2.5" strips (especially if your piece is as bulky as mine was).
Before starting be sure that your quilt sandwich is very neatly squared up. Those corners won't end up perfectly square if you don't. I've found that it also helps to keep things square if you've quilted the quilt a bit more densely (less for it to wiggle around).
1) Read Amanda Jean's tutorial. Cut strips (I use width of fabric, not bias) 2.25", join them as determined in the tutorial above.
2) Iron strip in half, using a spray bottle to steam for a very crisp edge. (I just use plain water, and use a spray bottle instead of the steam option since my iron tends to burn me with steam).
3) Starting an inch or two from a corner of your quilt, sew the raw edges of the binding to your quilt sandwich using a 1/4" seam allowance (binding layered on top of the top of the quilt - not the back). Fold and turn corners as Amanda Jean shows.
|Step 9 stitch in the ditch.|
11) Continue around the quilt. Trim your threads, and enjoy the perfection!
|sewn binding, top view.|
|sewn binding, bottom view.|