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Classic Quilting Methods

"Keeping it Easy"

Classic quilting methods involve hand quilting and string quilting.  We'll go over both of these methods briefly. Then roll into finishing your quilt with different binding methods.

Hand Quilting Method

This is a quilting technique that uses no machinery.  When people began to quilt there was no sewing machines the help them along.  Furthermore, there was no electricity. 

One had to survive with the elements. Fabric had to be reused. 

Scraps were sewn together.  Several materials were used for batting. This is when hand-quilting began.  More quilting background will be given in History of Quilting.

Hand quilting for beginners is discussed in more detail at Beginner Hand Quilting.

String Quilting Method

The string method of quilting is also called “Tying”. 

This method uses strings of yarn to tie the layers of a quilt together.

This is a classic quilting method that was implemented when there was very little supplies.

Even with this technique binding still needs to be done.

Finishing Your Quilt With The Classic Quilting Method

There are two ways to bind your quilt.

The backing can be used to fold over to the front and be sewn into place. 

This is best done by folding the backing at least twice over and pinning to the front.  Trim the batting if you want less of a puffy effect.  Then stitch the inner edge.

When you come to a corner, fold the fabric in such a way as to develop a 45 degree angle.  The design will look similar to this when the stitching is finished.

The other option for binding is to sew on fabric in the form of bias tape.

This fabric is made by making a strip. 

For strips that need to be longer than the length of your fabric, cut the end of your first strip at a 45 degree angle.  Do the same to the second strip with the angle in the opposite direction. 

Sew them together at the angles.  Keep doing this until the original strip is as long as you need to finish your quilt.


Then fold inwards from both sides once.  This means the edge from both sides will now point to each other. They may even touch.

Now fold in the center.  The right sides should now rest against one another.

This is a way you can also make your own bias tape.  Bias tape is often made in other projects, such as clothes.

To start your binding, pin the edges to your quilt leaving an extra 2 to 3 inches on the corner you start with.  The bias tape should envelope your fabric. 

Each time you come to an edge, angle the edging by tucking it in on itself.

When you come back to where you started, tuck the fabric and trim if needed to make it fit.

This completes the binding process and finishes your quilt.

Wrap Up

Classic quilting methods are easy to obtain with patience and practice.

Until next time.

Happy Quilting,

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