This is a short post today to share how I stitched the ribbon candy design on the outside border of my Orange Crush quilt and kept the binding from cutting off the bottom of the design.

I’m pretty sure this method isn’t the ‘correct’ way, and there’s probably a few really good reasons why I shouldn’t have done it this way. But, it worked for me and sometime you might need to do the same thing and maybe it will work for you. Cause you know, quilty rules are meant to be broken, right?

I really, really didn’t want the bottom loops of those ribbons hidden by the binding. So I decided to trim the quilt — without quilting that outside border — and then I stitched the binding to the top of the quilt (it’s the orange piece).

How I stitched an outside border with binding onAfter the binding was attached, I pressed it away from the top of the quilt. This allowed the binding to lay mostly flat. It didn’t lay flat in the corners, but I was able to move the binding out of the way when I needed to.

By attaching the binding before I quilted the border, I had a perfect visual of the space I could quilt in.

Ribbon Candy quilt design in outside borderI know I could have marked the border and that is probably the most recommended method. But I know myself – I was afraid I would get stitch crazy and quilt some of the bottom loops past the marked line. Having the binding there, I was extra careful. After all, I didn’t want to stitch on top of the binding! And I’m happy to say I didn’t. 🙂

Ribbon Quilting Stitch in Border

You might ask why I didn’t just go ahead and stitch the binding in place on the back before quilting. My answer: My bindings are always wider on the back than the front. This means I would have been stitching on the back binding when quilting the design. Because the stitches ‘disappeared’ in the backing fabric and only the texture is visible, binding over the bottom loops on the back didn’t bother me.

This method really worked for me because the border was so small, only 1″ wide. I hope, if you find yourself in a similar situation sometime and you try this, you will find that it works for you as well.

P.S. If you want to know more about those blue circles in the pics above, you can read about them in my blog post about gloves and free motion quilting.

Have a great week!


Post explains how to prevent the quilt binding from cutting off the edge of the quilted designs in borders.