Stitching the binding completely by machine is super fast! I’m glad I talked to my friend Margaret about this before I started on it because I was just planning on using a straight stitch to finish the binding on the front of the quilt. She cautioned that I’d never get it straight if I did that, so a zigzag or decorative stitch is better.
Well, those were wise words. I used a zigzag stitch and my walking foot and I have to say it didn’t turn out to be the best stitching job I’ve ever done. It was still hard to keep the stitching straight and even. I’m not showing anyone a closeup. It’s fine for a utility quilt but I sure wouldn’t use this method on a show quilt, like I’m ever going to make a show quilt in my lifetime. Hopefully I can do a better job on the other one.
Here is a closeup of the twisty block. Joyce from Quilting Adventures says this is done with a “Lil Twister” tool. Go to QA and take Joyce’s class. Looks like this tool can make blocks that look completely different depending on your color/fabric choices.