The Mountain Majesties quilt was finished a couple days ago and I couldn’t face all that hand stitching around that huge quilt. My arthritic hands could not handle it so even though I prefer binding stitched down by hand, I gave in and did it all on machine.
First I cut enough 2-1/2″ strips from the scraps I had left from the rectangle border, sewed them together and pressed in half.
Continue stitching all around the quilt until you’re within approximately 12″ of the beginning tail. Overlap ends 2-1/2″ and trim off the rest. Join ending tail to beginning tail with a 45 degree seam. Press and sew the rest of the way.
This will not be perfect on the back side so if that’s a problem for you I’d advise you to sew your binding to the front of your quilt and hand stitch on the back. Here’s the finished quilt and the back side. It was so windy today, I had to put it on the south side of the fence so the wind would help hold it up. It is 105″ x 105″ approximately and even though I used a lightweight polyester batt, the quilt is still heavy – just think of all those seams! Yikes!
Tony came and worked on our longarm machine tonight because I did have some issues when I quilted Mountain Majesties. I wanted to test the machine after he left so I quickly threw this scrap piece on. The machine is working like a dream!