I'm not yet ready to bind, but I did make bias bindings for both quilts Saturday, and began to quilt last night! I feel much more relaxed now (hopefully not TOO relaxed) as the deadline approaches. Heck, even if I don't get the bindings whipstitched I can glue them in place for presentation! Luckily, unlike most of my quilts, these aren't leaving town the day after
I love the quilts. It is clear how much love and time you have put into them.
I usually use straight-cut bindings because most of my quilts are wall hangings that will not take much (any) wear and tear. However, I have made one Double Wedding Ring with a curved outer edge and the bias binding was the only way to go - it worked out just fine. Not difficult to work with at all.
My current quilt is a crib quilt and I think that even though it is rectangular, I will use the bias binding for its added durability just in case.
thanks for the compliments, and for the replies. I'd never considered that the different kinds of bindings would wear differently, only that bias would work best on curves, so I've learned something today! Still undecided, but I've still got to baste & quilt before I'm ready for binding anyway! Piecing backings today, I'm a glutton for punishment!!
I tend to use straight for most quilts that are made for use and abuse (such as baby quilts), however for something more of what I would consider "heirloom" ,that I have hand quilted ,I have used bias binding because the wear on it is much less over time. threads on bias binding wear down at different rates as opposed to threads on straight because on straight it is usually one or two threads exposed constantly and consistantly.
Florence...Your quilts are absolutely beautiful...I can see why you were kept busy. You should have no trouble with the new BOM quilt, as you have already done a lot of piecing and it really looks great. Keep up the wonderful quilting. Nan
I'd use a straight grain binding - with the fiddly "sticky out bits" (which I like) it could be easy to strech the binding out of shape with the bias. I'd want the straight grain to give me more control.
Another alternative, is to add one more border, probably in the red fabric, that is a bit wider than the points that "stick out" - so that that the on-point square floats on the quilt -background. You will then have a square quilt to bind.