Hawaiian Quilt Binding

BAMQG Hawaiian Quilt #2
BAMQG Hawaiian Quilt #2

The BAMQG Hawaiian quilts are still in process. Several have been delivered to the family and they were beyond thrilled. The rest are due by the end of August.

A few weeks ago Kelly and I met for lunch. She gave me one that needed to be bound. In the thick of my injury I couldn’t do it right away and it languished. Angela needed to send me the binding, so I didn’t worry. She did and it was time to get to work.

Last weekend was the weekend of little projects: strip for the Food Quilt #2 back strip, journal cover, Stepping Stones blocks, a lanyard, etc. I added the Hawaiian Quilt binding to the list.

Emboldened by last effort at machine binding, I did a machine binding again as well. Also, with my hand in a brace, hand stitching takes abut 15x as long. Angela and Kelly were fine with the machine binding so I was off.

I did a much simpler machine binding this time. I just used a straight stitch on the back rather than a decorative stitch. The stitching shows on the binding, but isn’t obvious on the front, which is great.

Trimming for binding
Trimming for binding

The quilt came to me untrimmed, so I put the binding on and then trimmed. I used my regular Aurifil #2600 piecing thread to sew the binding on the front. It did not blend, but would be covered once the binding was flipped so I didn’t worry.

It occurs to me now that I could have trimmed, put the binding on the back and then flipped the binding to the front. I might try that next time just to see how it looks.

Hawaiian Quilt Back
Hawaiian Quilt Back

These are very bright and cheerful quilts. I am really pleased to be able to help the guild work on them.

Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

2 thoughts on “Hawaiian Quilt Binding”

  1. I’ve been wanting to get a nice quilt to use in my home. I didn’t know that Hawaiians had such an interesting tradition with quilts! I think that they look really cool, too. I’ll have to see if I can get any! Thanks for sharing.

    1. This is not a typical Hawaiian quilt. It uses Hawaiian type fabric. There is a few hundred years worth of quilting traditions in Hawaii, which you can explore near you, I am sure.

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