So, when I make large art quilts, I like to make faced bindings, which creates a very clean finish to the front of a quilt (and you can never get a critical comment from a judge that your binding is not evenly filled either, lol).
The first thing you need to do is cut a four inch wide strip of fabric for each side of the quilt that is about 4" longer than each side.
Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and press.
After I have trimmed the quilt to size, I machine stitch the edge to secure any quilting lines that have been cut and to keep the 3 layers secured while sewing the binding on.
Pin the binding fabric to the front of the quilt with a couple extra inches of binding at either end.
With a pencil place a mark 1/4" from the top edge of the quilt, do the same at the bottom edge of the quilt. This is where you will begin and end stitching. Stitch binding down with 1/4" seam allowance.
Finger press the second binding at a 45° angle.
This finger pressed line will be your stitching line.
Bring the two binding edges together, matching up the finger pressed lines and pin.
Pull the quilt out of the way and stitch along the finger pressed line.
Stop stitching at the pencil mark.
Trim seam to 1/4" and finger press open.
Trim bulk of seam allowance away at corner being careful not to cut the stitching line.
jojo said- where did you get that measuring tool?
Jojo, That tool, made by Dritz, came in my teacher bag at festival, it is awesome! I found one here on Amazon.
Laurie said- How do you hang the quilt-with a sleeve?
Gloria Hansen has a great tutorial on making a quilt sleeve. All you need is a wood rod or slat, then put a screw eye in each end. Then the quilt can be hung by two small nails that the screw eyes can slip over on the wall.