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Bias Binding made with a Bias Bar

When making bias binding with a bias bar, it is essential that the fabric strips be cut on the diagonal or bias. This means that the strips are cut at a 45° angle to the straight-of-grain or otherwise known as the selvedge edge.

So, there you have it, simple instructions to make bias binding with a bias bar. The most common uses for this kind of binding are either Celtic patterns, or Stained Glass Patterns. The raised bias (caused by the seam being underneath, in the middle of the bias), gives a visual texture to the design, helping it to stand out. Particularly in the case of Celtic Designs, if you quilt about ½” around the bias pattern, the bias design will stand out even further, creating a stunning effect.
Here’s a picture of my latest Celtic design – I call this one Celtic Rhapsody. I just love the way the bias binding stands above the rest of the quilt – it looks quite dramatic I think.

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