I wanted to use the leftover fabric from my border on the binding, but wasn't sure I had enough. I decided this was the perfect time to try out some of my quilting apps.
Here's a shot of all of the sewing/fabric apps on my ipod. I recently downloaded all of these and haven't tested any besides the Joann app (which lets me save virtual coupons because I always forget to bring the paper ones to the store with me!)
To calculate the fabric needed for the binding, I used the Robert Kaufman "QuiltCalc" app.
Here is the binding data entry screen. It is one of many things the app will calculate for you. If you scroll down it explains how it is doing the calculations.
In conclusion, the QuiltCalc app gets a thumbs up from me. I haven't tried the other apps yet but I don't think any of them do binding calculations.
Now I have the binding all sewn down and it's time to hand stitch it onto the back. However, I always have problems on every quilt I do with rippling on the binding, whether I pin it down before I stitch or not! It's very frustrating so I thought I would see if anyone had tips on this before I get too far on stitching down the binding for this quilt.
Here are some shots of the worst rippled binding I have.
|See the criss cross indents on the binding?|
|This is a vertical shot looking down upon the edge of the binding. This is an extreme example, on this quilt it's so bad it almost looks intentional, but I always get some slight areas of rippling on every binding.|