Join Date: Dec 2001
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That first set of instructions, making a width of fabric long enough to go around the quilt, then folding it in half... yada yada... you know... works really well if you're hand quilting. I do it as follows (from Diana Leone's Book - Sampler Quilt-):
Cut 2 inch strips of fabric, sew together on a diagonal so that you have a long strip large enough to go around the quilt. Then I fold in half with the seams in the middle and sew with the raw edges together to the front of the quilt 1/4 inch from the edge with a walking foot. Then, I hand stitch to the back. This gives about a 1/4 inch binding. The hand stitching to finish doesn't take that long, maybe 2 hours for your quilt.
Alternatively, if you're finishing the binding by machine, do the same as above, but sew the binding to the BACK of the quilt, then fold it over and tack it to the front. That way, you can use the edge of the binding as your guide and the front looks nice even if you go over the line on the back. Does this make sense?
I suppose that you could also use the second method you mentioned, except that it's difficult to get the fabric in line just right on a non-industrial machine, which is why I don't use it.