Binding – Colour Fair Down Under QAL

Almost there!

Today, let’s do the binding and finish the quilt.

On page 2  of the pattern you have the fabric needs and other details for the binding.

Straight or bias binding?

I use straight binding almost 100% of the time and I make myself.

But you can buy the binding already made and save time.

If you prefer bias binding, I have the perfect tutorial for you.

If following the video to make your own bias tape for binding, adjust the width of the strip accordingly.

By machine or by hand?

I add the binding by machine on one side, turn the quilt around and finish it by hand. That’s my preferred method.

Amy from Diary of a Quilter has a very good tutorial with pictures that explains how to  make straight binding and how to attach it to the quilt.

But I know some of you avoid hand sewing like the plague so you can finish it by machine.

If you finish it by machine, unless you’re very skillful with your machine, adding a faux piping will hide some of the stitching,

This is how you make straight binding with faux piping.

Once you’ve made the binding this is how to attach it to the quilt:

Did you catch how to do the mitered corners?

This is another example of how you sew both tails of the binding together:

So now it’s your turn to finish the quilt.

Then share your pictures. I’ll compile all your quilts and will do a slideshow for the world to see.

When taking pictures if you can do so outside. Natural light is the best for photos.

Are you ready?

How to join the Colour Fair Down Under Quilt Along?

To be part of the quilt along:

  • Subscribe to this blog for free via email to receive all the posts with information about the blocks, tips and tricks.
  • Purchase the pattern .

Have a close look at the project with this promo video:


We will start making blocks on Saturday 30 October 2021 and finish them by Christmas.

Then we’ll resume on 8 January 2022 and make the borders.

And finally we’ll finish the quilt with QAYG and be ready to show your finished quilts at the end of January.

22 October – QAL fabric inspiration (bonus video)

23 October – How to trim half square triangles (bonus video)

30 October – 8-pointed star block (bonus video)

  • 13 November – Diamond block (bonus video)
  • 27 November – Cross block (bonus video)
  • 4 December – Whirlpool block (bonus video)

We’ll break for Christmas from 5 December to 7 January. This will allow you to catch up with any sewing you may have missed.

  • 7 January – Top and bottom borders
  • 22 January – Quilt-as-you-go (bonus video)
  • 29 January – Binding

Colour Fair Down Under quilt along

Share your progress

Let’s share our blocks to encourage each other:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #colourfairdownunderqal
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there
  • You can also show your pictures on my QAL Event page on Facebook

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

Buy individual chapters of my book

Now that my publisher is going out of business I have bought the rights to publish my book. Now you can download individual chapters. Each digital download is a bundle with 4 quilt patterns in it.

As well as the instructions and fabric needs to make the blocks you’ll find a section on quiltmaking basics at the end of the pattern that discusses:

  • Tools
  • Squaring up blocks
  • Borders
  • Assembly and quilting
  • Binding

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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