Remember the last “sewing better” post when I talked about trimming the batting and backing from quilted projects? Here’s a tip on what to do with all those long skinny backing scraps!
Since I do a lot of scrappy quilts, I find that they can often stand up (visually) to some added interest on the binding. To paraphrase, sometimes too much of a good thing is even better! When I trim those backing strips, I cut them down to 2 1/8″ strips (my preferred binding width), and store them with like colors so I have them handy to make scrappy binding.
This particular quilt was one of my En Provence Mystery quilts from Bonnie Hunter’s 2016 mystery. I made a smaller size to donate, and you can see the colors are pretty vivid, so the scrappy binding is a perfect touch!
When I trim these scraps, I will typically not go shorter than 6″ in length; I find the join seams can get a little cumbersome if the pieces are shorter than that.