French Twist Binding
By Gretchen Hudock
"This binding is a variation of the French binding that quilters have been using for decades. If you have never tried this method of joining the beginning and ending of the binding, you'll find it is a neat way to hide the start. Since I often make small quilts that don't need a wide sleeve, I have devised this method that results in two pockets that allow me to place small rods at the top and bottom of my quilt. The additional width of the binding on the back gives the quilt edges a little more substance. These additions help the quilt hang straighter, important for wall quilts that will be viewed closely."
Gretchen Hudock, from Slinger, Wisconsin, is a teacher and quilt designer. She sells her patterns through her company, PineBerry Patch.
Samples were made by the QNM staff.
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You'll need a quilting ruler, rotary cutter and hand-quilting needles for this method. Don't have any of those in your sewing room? Try the Omnigrid 12.5" x 12.5" Ruler, Olfa Splash 45mm Rotary Cutter and Fons & Porter Quilt Binding Needles.