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Finishing School: Edges & Bindings

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Finishing School: Edges & Bindings
Finish your quilts in satisfying style with beautiful edgings: simple, piped, scalloped, prairie point, ruffled and more!

From easy, speedy ways to complete UFOs to elegant edgings that bring out the best in your finished quilts, quilting instructor extraordinaire Mimi Dietrich will be your guide. Start by learning the fastest, friendliest way to finish a quilt. See how to apply a double-fold binding with mitered corners and bulk-free diagonal seams. Bring inspired style to your edges with covered cording, lace or rickrack insertions. Create rounded and scalloped edges finished beautifully with bias binding that lays perfectly flat. Plus, Mimi will guide you through finishing your edges with three types of prairie points and even with ruffles! Before you explore the included patterns, learn to add a sleeve for hanging your quilt and a label to sign and date your finished project. 

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Using Backing as the Binding

  • Meet Mimi Dietrich and learn a simple method for turning your quilt's backing into a binding.


Lesson 2. Making Bindings

  • Learn how to create a new binding from scratch, and measure and cut accurate amounts for any quilt size. Next, Mimi walks you through the steps for making a diagonal seam, working with a double-fold binding, and creating elegant mitered corners. You'll finish the lesson by connecting and finishing your bindings for a gorgeous completed project.


Lesson 3. Adding Trim to Your Bindings

  • Let your creative side shine as you explore various ways to apply decorative trim to your bindings. Learn how to work with purchased covered cording, or select fabric from your quilt to accent the cording. Then discover the fun of working with flat folded piping, lace, rickrack, and three different ways to use striped fabric edging.


Lesson 4. Round Corners & Scalloped Edges

  • Learn how to easily create rounded corners, and make and apply bias binding to both round and scalloped corners. Mimi shows you cutting techniques, ways to use ordinary household objects as helpful tools, and professional sewing methods that will make your edges stand out from the crowd.


Lesson 5. Prairie Points & Ruffles

  • Learn two different ways to create prairie points for your quilt's edges and how to create a ruffled binding. Mimi walks you through ways to attach separate and continuous prairie points, and offers sewing pointers that will help make your process faster and more fun!


Lesson 6. Sleeves & Labels

  • Learn simple methods for creating rod sleeves and corner pockets with Mimi's up-close instruction. Then you'll learn how to create an elegant label to finish off your quilt before you display it or give it away as a gift.

"Enjoyed all the information. Mimi has a delightful and pleasant teaching style. Hope she does many more classes."
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