Maryann Devine, RRQ Member writes:
For those of you participating in the Ribbon Challenge, the quilts need to have a facing rather than a binding. Collette Morris was kind enough to demonstrate how this is done at the August meeting with samples at each step shown at the right.
Step 1 is to make a normal 2 ½ binding strip long enough for the two sides. Iron and fold in half and sew on two opposite sides as you would for a normal binding.
Step 2 is to use matching thread to topstitch the facing down. The picture shows the topstitching in a darker color for visibility.
Step 3 is to fold the entire binding to the back. In the picture the pins show how it will be positioned. Note the topstitching line rolls to the back side.
Step 4 is to hand stitch the binding to the back (again shown in darker thread).
Step 5 is to make binding for the remaining two sides – 1 ½ inches longer than the side. Again, sew it on and topstitch as before. Tuck in ¾ inch at each edge (sorry this is not shown well in the picture).
Step 6 is to make a sleeve for hanging. Cut fabric 8 ½ to 9 inches wide. Finish edges and fold in half. Position on back so it will catch under top binding when it is folded down.
Step 7 is to fold the top binding down and hand stitch in place.
Step 8 is to stitch side edges of sleeve down.
When finished there should be no binding visible on the front, only the facing on the back. Happy sewing!