I finally got to the binding part of this Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt (see our tutorial about doing this by machine!) and realized it might be a bit tricky to do around the hexagon shapes. I searched for tutorials and didn’t find anything very helpful, so I took the plunge on my own.
There were two things I felt rather certain of: 1) the binding would need to be cut as narrow as possible and 2) it should be cut on the bias. It worked out pretty well, so here are the steps to follow for binding a hexagon-edged quilt.
Our bindings are usually cut 2 1/4″ to 2 1/2″ wide (and then folded), but for this irregular edge, cut it at just 2″ on the bias. Trim the ends at 60 degree angles (or 45 degrees if you prefer). Sew the strips together, end to end.
Press the binding in half lengthwise and press.
Trim the edge of your quilt to slightly less than 1/4″ so the binding will fit perfectly, especially the points and inside angles.
Begin sewing the binding to the right side of the quilt. For the outside points, drop your needle exactly in the corner and pivot toward the next edge
Fold the binding down toward the next quilt edge and put a (very small) tuck in the binding. Since this isn’t a full 90 degree corner, so you don’t need to fold over as much of the binding fabric as you usually do.
For the inside turns, drop the needle at this point just like you did for the outside points.
Pull the quilt edge toward the straight of the binding and sew to the next point. This kind of opens up the inside angles and makes the binding less bulky.
Continue sewing around the entire quilt using the inside and outside angle methods. It seems like a tedious process, but once you get into a rhythm it goes pretty fast. It will look something like this.
To finish, sew the binding to the back of the quilt by hand using a hidden whip stitch. Just follow the stitching line around the inside angles. For the outside points you will need to fold a little tuck to match the other side.
Once the binding is sewn all the way around the entire quilt, give it a good pressing. This will make everything look nice and crisp–especially the tucks on the outside points.
So many of these irregular-edged quilt patterns get the design chopped straight off for easier binding, but I saw an antique quilt done this way and I fell in love with it! I was told by so many experts to not even attempt this, but I knew I had to try at the very least, since I love a challenge. I’m really happy that I jumped in with both feet, and I find the result quite pleasing. It creates a much more finished and tailored look.