Quilt binding corners often worry quilters, but it’s possible to bind any type of corner neatly. I made the patchwork fish quilt partly just for fun, but also to show you that quilts don’t have to be plain squares or rectangles. They can be any shape and it is possible to bind the edges of inside corners of quilts – you know, the ones where the corner points in towards the middle of the quilt.
The binding on this quilt is blue to denote water around the fish, in case you were wondering!
The majority of this quilt can be bound in the normal way – for details click here – but there are two inward facing quilt corners and that’s what I want to concentrate on in this tutorial.
Marking the quilt binding corners
Sew the binding to the quilt on the edge of the quilt leading up to the inside corner. Stop sewing a few inches from the corner. Mark a small line from the inside corner of the quilt to divide the corner in half. Lay the binding down over the corner and make the same mark on the binding. It’s a small blue line on the right of the blue binding shown in the photo, more or less in the middle of the photo.
To check that I have transferred the marking to the binding in the right place, I find it helpful to point a pin through the end of the marking on the binding. Then I can peek under the binding to make sure that the point of the pin goes through the first line drawn on the quilt corner itself. This is why you can only mark the binding when you have almost sewn to the corner, because then the binding is in place exactly as it will be sewn.
Continue sewing the binding to the quilt and stop when your needle goes through the marking. As you can see the binding is not in line with the next edge of the quilt. Lift the presser foot and swivel the quilt so that the next edge of the quilt is straight in front of you.
Place one finger on the binding to the left of the needle to hold it flat. Gently ease the binding around the corner to lie flat on the next edge of the quilt. Drop the presser foot and continue sewing the binding to the quilt.
Complete the quilt binding in the normal way. Before you flip the binding to the back of the quilt to sew it down, snip into the inside corner using some small and sharp scissors such as embroidery scissors. This will help the corner to lie flat.
You can see from the left photo that the binding doesn not lie flat against the quilt corner at this stage.
Flip the binding to the back of the quilt and slipstitch in place. As you can see, binding inside corners of quilts is not that much more difficult than binding conventional quilt corners.
Here’s the binding quilts video: