Well. I am here to tell you that binding ANYTHING, whether it is a napkin or a quilt is NOT my favorite thing to do. However, after searching the internet from stem to stern, watching about a dozen binding videos, and applying myself rigorously to learn how to do this - since I love piecing things together and they have to be finished somehow - I have cobbled together a binding for my runner.
After all my research, I decided that bias cut was the only way to go. I worked furiously on Sunday to cut, piece together, and press mountains of binding:
And then thanks to Julie, over at Jaybirdquilts.com, I picked up the following fabulous tip:
Hair clips to hold everything together! Here's another shot:
Feeling pretty smug with the clip trick, I began sewing the binding to the back...after which I brought it around to the front and machine stitched it close to the edge to finish...I am NOT into hand stitching anything. What resulted was a roller-coaster edge, wavy and just ugly. So, rip out, press again, and start over. After two rounds of that battle, I wound up using Steam-A-Seam to attach it to the front. Nothing I did would remove the waviness, and it is still slightly wavy (although pretty) on my dining room table. I've resolved to go with straight cut seam binding from now on - I think it was too stretchy from being cut on the bias!
Here's a link to Julie's tutorial on binding: Binding tutorial at Jaybird Quilts
Now, back to the workroom!