Curved binding is perhaps one of the hardest things I have ever done in the quilting world...and then I found out that it is not all that hard, just a bit tedious and time consuming. Here’s the step by step (with photos) tutorial on how to do.
For this tutorial, I just used a piece of FMQ practice sandwich that I was working on last week, and I just trimmed it in the same curve as my bali wedding star. As you know, the Judy Niemeyer Wedding Ring series quilts all use the same curve, so you can use this on any of them. So let’s get started. If you are doing a different curve, you will need to make a different template.
Tools you will need :
Mylar template plastic
Chalk marking pencil (I use a sewline chalk pencil)
Roxanne's Glue Baste It
Pins (I like clover fine lines)
Rotary cutter (for cutting the mylar)
6 1/2" x 12 1/2" ruler
For this process, the light teal is the front, and the navy is the back of the quilt.
Now, you have all of your supplies ready to go, and you are ready to get started.
First, leave a 10 inch segment of your bias binding loose, and start in the middle of the high point in your binding.
Line up the cut edge of your binding to the edge of your quilt, and mold the binding around the curve, sewing a quarter inch from the edge of the quilt.
As you approach the V-corner, put your ruler at the intersection and mark the binding at a quarter inch in. Sew to this point. and backstitch 3 stitches.
Now, the hard part. Cut an 1/8" snip in the binding only, from the inside edge of the binding. Now move the binding over and re-align it with the next curve. Pin it in place, and restart your sewing where you stopped the previous round.
And now, the piece that makes it all work....the template. Fold the quilt right sides together and line the template up and mark the V from the template onto the fabric.
now, sew on the V that you just marked., and then cut out the V using an 1/8" seam allowance. You will be trimming out a tiny V Literally tiny. But it makes all the difference in making the binding lay flat on the back. Now go back to the front, you will now have a pleat in your binding.....Now go all the way around the quilt repeating this procedure at each and every dip (that's the tedious part that I mentioned earlier).
Now, turn over to the back, and pin the pleat of the binding to a point a 1/4" in from the interior point of the quilt. Now, use your Roxanne's glue baste it glue to secure the binding until you can complete the hand sewing.