Last night I finished hand stitching the binding on this Pinwheels and Strings quilt.
This scraptastic quilt is heavily quilted and finished with a half inch binding.
I have started putting more quilting on quilts that will be used and washed. My early quilts didn't have nearly as much quilting on them and I have found that with wear and washing some of the quilting threads have broken. More quilting means that there is less stress on any single quilting thread.
Also, I like the half inch binding better for wear too. After quilting I trim the batting and backing to 1/4 inch bigger than the top. That way I can avoid clipping any of the quilting threads and they will not be able to slip out from under the binding seam. Straight quilting lines will have an extra quarter inch of stitching to help keep it from pulling out.
The finished quilt measures 83.5 x 60 inches.
And I think I can still pull a few more scraptacular quilts from the scrap bin!