A Quick Quilt Tutorial (AQQT) and a Giveaway


Finished Hidden Star Block

A few months ago Abbie at Sparkle On Blog asked if there was a nice way to do a self binding.  I use this mostly for placemats and table toppers, but  I am sure you can use it for a quilt.


Quilt with extra backing

  1.  Sandwich quilt with extra backing fabric, for this I used 2″.
  2. Quilt your piece.
  3. Sew a securing stitch 1/4″ around the mat.

Trim to Size

4.  Trim to the appropriate size for the binding.  For me it was 1″ to get a 1/4″ binding


Cut at 45º angle

5. Find the marking on your ruler that allows you to trim with 1/4″ remaining.


6. Press fabric halfway to meet raw edge of quilted top.


Pin together on Angle

6.  You then pin on a 45º angle angle, so that the sides touch each other.


Secure with stitching

7. Sew a 1/4″ seam, starting at corner closest to sandwich.
8. Backstitch over entire sewing line.


Turn inside out

9.  Turn corners inside out.  If you don’t like the way something looks, you can adjust now.


Stitch closely on edge

10.  You may want to press and secure binding to front with clips or even Elmer’s washable glue.
11. Sew closely to the edge of the binding.


I used this foot

This foot, G – Blind Hem Foot (on my Janome) worked really well to keep close to the edge.  I did get a tiny bit of bunching; next time might eyeball the last few inches to prevent that from happening.


This block was designed by Sherry Shish at Powered by Quilting.  I tested a pattern for her, so it remained secret until she released it.  She is having a sew-along (SAL) in January, I’m playing.  Join us, it will be fun.


July 2018 Ambassador Box

I do have an excess of Island Batik and so I thought I’d offer some.  So here’s my giveaway – tell me your favorite combo of colors. – if you win I will make it work – at least one yard of fabric coming your way.  Giveaway is open until Sunday at midnight, DST.

Linking up with:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict: Can I get a Whoop Whoop?
Busy Hand Quilts:  Finished or Not Friday
Powered by Quilting: Friday Foto Fun


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  1. Lisa Marie
    December 14, 2018 / 6:25 AM

    That is a very interesting technique, and new to me. Thanks for the instructions! I like bright color combos, like turquoise with lime green or yellow.

  2. Sandy Allen
    December 14, 2018 / 7:24 AM

    I always wondered how to make the corners on self binding! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

    My favorite color combination is pink and gray.

  3. December 14, 2018 / 8:34 AM

    Thanks for the great tip on self binding. I definitely will be using it for my smaller projects. I’m intrigued with turquoise and browns at the moment, but I really like all fabric!!

  4. December 14, 2018 / 9:15 AM

    Hi Kathleen! I haven’t ever tried the self binding except on very small projects, like an ornament. Thanks for the step-by-step, and it is very interesting on how to keep the bulk from the corners. I’ll have to give it a try some time. Oh boy, it is hard to pick my favorite color combinations. My favorite color is cream, but I really love white with navy and/or red. A nice crisp white just speaks to me, so anything to highlight that crispness is perfect-o in my eyes. Happy Friday to you! ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Joyce Carter
    December 14, 2018 / 9:27 AM

    Great tutorial Kathleen. Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win your awesome giveaway.
    My favorite colors together are pink and green.

  6. Joyce Carter
    December 14, 2018 / 9:30 AM

    Thank you Kathleen for the tutorial and the awesome giveaway.
    My favorite color combinations are pink and green.

    • Joyce Carter
      December 14, 2018 / 9:36 AM

      Sorry for the duplicate. My computer is acting up this morning.

  7. Melody Lutz
    December 14, 2018 / 10:59 AM

    Never, ever changes…Purple, Blue, and Green! Great tutorial- giving me some ideas! Thanks!

  8. December 14, 2018 / 11:40 AM

    Great binding tutorial! Thank you. My most used color combo is purple, teal, grey with a cream background. Merry Christmas to your household!
    Carol Andrews

  9. JoanG
    December 14, 2018 / 1:54 PM

    That was a really great tutorial. I especially liked how you dealt with the corners. It is now on my list to try. My favorite colors are anything bright. I like warm colors in particular, reds, oranges and yellows.

  10. December 14, 2018 / 4:19 PM

    Lime green and royal blue is my favorite combination at this time. My next favorite is tel and any bright green. Your tutorial on binding is top line. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Nancy
    December 14, 2018 / 6:33 PM

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I am partial to blue and yellow!

  12. December 14, 2018 / 6:55 PM

    I thought that was Sherry’s block! I’ll be playing along with the sew along! Right now, I find I am really pleased with blue and green. I just bought fabric for a baby quilt today that is blue, green, and yellow.

  13. December 14, 2018 / 8:51 PM

    I need to try this binding technique!!! Glad you are gong to sew along. 🙂

  14. Kathy E.
    December 14, 2018 / 11:02 PM

    Using Elmer’s Washable Glue is new to me…one I’ll need to try, for sure! I’m a life-long lover of purple and really like to pair it with gray or lime green.

  15. Vicki H
    December 15, 2018 / 12:22 AM

    Thanks for the tutorial. I would like to use this method for potholders.

  16. December 15, 2018 / 9:50 AM

    Blue and gold are a recurring color combo in my projects. They were also my HS colors, go figure

  17. Jann Newman
    December 15, 2018 / 4:34 PM

    Thank you for the great tutorial which will come in handy for a table topper I’m working on. I don’t have a favorite color combo, but love all bright colors.

  18. December 15, 2018 / 5:59 PM

    I’ve not done self-binding, so I’m adding this to my resource list! Favorite color combination — boy, that’s a tough one. Red, orange and yellow are favorites.

  19. December 15, 2018 / 7:32 PM

    Thank you for the great tutorial. I will have to try this on my next set of placemats. I love aqua and red right now, but I love all bright colors.

  20. Lori Morton
    December 15, 2018 / 8:53 PM

    Thank you for sharing the Tutorial!! Very helpful…& appreciated! 🙂 Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too… I love Blues & Greens…but love all colors really …giggle…

  21. Sandy K
    December 16, 2018 / 1:06 AM

    Thanks for the tutorial. It will be great to use for small projects. I love brights.

  22. Christi
    December 16, 2018 / 1:58 AM

    How kind of you. I am blue and anything lets say green or yellow or red. Blue is such a great quilt color.

  23. Laurel Bandi
    December 16, 2018 / 5:50 AM

    I’ve never done self binding before. I will rewatch this and try it on a new smaller project. My new favorite color is gray. In all of my most recent baby quilts I’ve used gray and different combinations of brighter colours …. spring green, is a favorite.

  24. December 16, 2018 / 6:33 AM

    Great tutorial. I’ve used part of your method, I don’t do the machine stitch once the corner is cut but just fold and secure with hand stitching while binding. I’ll have to give it a try. I really like yellows and blues together, or teals and peachy oranges. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

  25. Deborah B.
    December 16, 2018 / 6:49 AM

    Thank you for the tutorial. I may give it a try when I make placemats.

  26. Teri
    December 16, 2018 / 8:42 AM

    Thank you for such a detailed tutorial on self binding. I like most color combinations but might pick burgundy, gold and navy right at the moment.

  27. Verna A.
    December 16, 2018 / 8:50 AM

    Thank you for the binding tutorial. Right now my favorite is navy, orange and yellow.

  28. December 16, 2018 / 8:51 AM

    Oh, I like that corner technique! I’ll have to try that. Thanks for the tip. I love any combination of cool colors: blues, greens and purples.

  29. Kathy L
    December 16, 2018 / 9:29 AM

    I Ike traditional color combinations and favor red and blue.

  30. Sabrina Van Ginkel
    December 16, 2018 / 9:54 AM

    blue and yellow are a favorite of mine.

  31. Carol
    December 16, 2018 / 10:05 AM

    What a great tote on self binding! My favorite color is aqua

  32. December 16, 2018 / 11:01 AM

    Love any fabric bundles/combos that have either bright yellow/gold or turquoise. Thank you for that corner technique for binding. I am going to try it… looks like it makes a perfect corner.

  33. Janet T
    December 16, 2018 / 12:02 PM

    I am loving the red and white quilts I have been seeing lately.

  34. Quilting Tangent
    December 16, 2018 / 1:53 PM

    Thank you for the tutorial. Favorite combination orange/yellow and purple.

  35. Lynne Stucke
    December 16, 2018 / 2:49 PM

    I particularly love blues and neutrals together! Thank you for the tutorial and the give-away! (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com)

  36. December 16, 2018 / 3:21 PM

    Thanks for the tutorial! The close up photos really help. My favorite colors are green and blue.

  37. December 16, 2018 / 4:45 PM

    I’m going to have to read this again and let It sink in. Looks like a great technique. I love bright fabrics.

  38. Beth Talmage
    December 16, 2018 / 5:21 PM

    Such a great question! I really like navy and red, especially with a neutral like gray or tan.

  39. December 16, 2018 / 5:41 PM

    I have a fondness for LOTS of colors, but the first thing that popped into my head is teal and grey.

  40. Rebecca K
    December 16, 2018 / 8:57 PM

    I love the self-binding on placemats! You reminded me to do it again. I love lime green with gray (or black & white).

  41. Linda Cartwright
    December 16, 2018 / 9:26 PM

    My favorite color combo is blues with yellow.

  42. Julie in GA
    December 16, 2018 / 10:03 PM

    Thanks for the great tutorial!
    I like many different color combinations, but I’m wanting to use lime green and turquoise together.

  43. Theresa J
    December 17, 2018 / 4:57 AM

    Yellow blue and gray

  44. bewtjwgmailcom
    December 18, 2018 / 7:16 PM

    love red and white, going to make one for me one day

  45. December 18, 2018 / 10:07 PM

    Wonderful tutorial! I love navy paired with lime green.

  46. December 19, 2018 / 10:44 AM

    This is a great little tutorial! I’ve never tried it before but the next time I have a small project I will have to give it a go. Favorite color combo…there are so many! I do love teal and red together with a bit a gray.

  47. December 19, 2018 / 1:51 PM

    Thank yu so much for the self-binding tutorial. I have tried it on a small quilt. ‘Read somewhere that it would not be good for a larger quilt, but I kinda disagree, lol. Thank you for the awesome giveaway. ‘Gotta love Island batiks. I love the Moroccan Bazaar colors. So vibrant.

  48. Sharon Browne
    December 20, 2018 / 4:34 PM

    Thank you for the tutorial! I have numerous favorites but pink and brown is the best.

  49. Pam
    December 21, 2018 / 6:11 PM

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I’m going to try this on the next small quilt that I make. My favorite color combination is purple and green..

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