Saturday, August 28, 2010

Piping Hot Binding

Sometime ago now, a friend gave me the book "Piping Hot Binding" by Susan Cleveland.  The book describes in detail how to make and apply piping in the binding of a quilt.

I have now made a number of quilts where I have finished them with piping in the binding and love the result - it makes for a quilt with a distinctive touch to the finish and frames the quilt beautifully.  I have found that it works really well with quilts which have either solid fabrics or solid borders - it is important that the piping fabric is in high contrast to the outer border and binding.

Following are some close-ups of some of the quilts where I have included piping in the binding.

King David's Modern Crown Quilt

Crop Circles Quilt (top)

Zigue Zague Quilt

The book describes in great detail how to make and apply the binding.  Susan Cleland has also created the Groovin' Piping Trimming Tool which is used to trim piping seam allowances to a consistent width.  The procedure is not difficult, although it is time consuming - it takes me twice as long as applying binding alone, however, I think it is well worth the effort.  The book also describes a number of variations such as double piping, blanket stitch on piping and pieced piping.  I have not yet been adventurous enough to tackle these variations.

How do you like to finish your quilts?


  1. The piped binding on your quilts looks wonderful Karen!!
    I've been meaning to try this cheat's version:
    Probably not as perfect but I think worth a try.
    Andi x

  2. That's my favorite way to bind a quilt.... :-)

  3. Beautiful! I love piping added to a quilt & my plans are to try it soon.
    Is there a way to add the piping contiuously - like a coninuous binding with mitered corners?
    BTW, I just LOVE the King David's Modern Crown's awesome!

  4. Love the way you bind your quilts with piping. So effective!

  5. The finish with the binding it beautiful. Another technique I will need to try! There is always something to learn!


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