not that how I do it is right.... it's just how I do it....
I start with a 2 1/2 inch strip of fabric and iron it in half, wrong sides together.
Then I apply it using a 3/8 inch seam.
Why 3/8's? its the size of my foot on the machine, and I found it was easier to teach my kids to line of the edge of the foot, with the edge of the quilt, and the binding....
I apply it to the back side. So the raw edges of the binding line up with the raw edge of the quilt.
Before the two ends meet, I stop sewing, so that I leave a 10 inch tail on each end,
Then I pull the two edges up, and pin them.
yes, I do know there is a diagonal way to do it, I just don't like it that way, so I pin the two edges together and sew a 3/8 inch seam,
it looks like this on the back,.....
When I am done sewing the two, I usually press it, seam open..
And then I stitch that down,
Turn the quilt over and pull the binding around.
I use a zig zag stitch and finish up the binding.
I have seen others use decorative stitches, and I like that too...
And Ta - da
I am finished.
This is a faster way of binding for me.
Also - the majority of my quilts are being used by soldiers, kids, or my family - so they get a lot of yanking, pulling and quite possibly washing. I think ( and this is MY opinion only) the binding is stronger this way.
Hope that helps someone - and answers Sue's question?