I'm going to be a bit more specific about how I put these together, in case you've never pieced a quilt together.
Cut out as many shapes/blocks as you need to create the right sized quilt for your project. Keep in mind that you'll need to make it bigger than you think, because the quilt will shrink in size after all of those seam allowances.
Lay out the pattern that works for you visually.
Then start sewing each row together, side to side, until all the rows are completed. (I would pick up one row at a time, sew it together, lay it back down on the floor, grab a new row, and so on. This helped keep everything in order.....without mixing it all up.)
Then sew each row together, completing the top of the quilt.
Then I placed a plain piece of material down on the floor, that was slightly bigger than my top piece. Then I placed a thin piece of batting (GA is hot!) on top of that. Then the block piece on the very top. I smoothed out each piece very flat as I layered, making sure there with no puckers. Then I place pins all over, pinning the 3 layers together.
And with this stippling look, there are no mistakes. Just bubbly twirls and ins and outs. Loved the ease of it.
Onto the binding. This part may seem intimidating......but it's really not so bad.
I used the Go! Cutter to cut lots of 2 1/2 inch wide strips really quickly, but you could cut them by hand, no problem.
Next, you'll want one long strip that will fit around the entire quilt, with a little extra length, just in case. So start piecing your shorter pieces together by placing two ends together. Place your first piece face up and your second piece face down, making a 90 degree angle with the two ends.
Once you reach the corner, place a pin to about an inch from the end to keep the binding in place......
Then, flip the binding up, making a 45 degree angle with the binding. Keep the right side edge of the quilt even with the right side edge of the binding. See how it's one continuous line on the right?
Keeping that 45 degree angle in place, flip the binding down, keeping the top edge of the binding even with the top edge of the quilt. Now it's a square. Pin it in place.
Then continue pinning your raw edges along the raw edge of the quilt.
Continue pinning all the way around the quilt the same way. Leave a few inch tail at the other end too and we'll deal with it later.
Once you reach a corner, move your little flap over, exposing the bottom lay of the binding, but don't mess up your diagonal fold here.
Sew until you are 1/4 inch from the edge. Don't sew any further......but backstitch a few times. (If you need to mark it with a pin or chalk so that you don't pass a 1/4 inch, go ahead and do so.)
Then pin the two ends together, making it one continuous piece of binding.
Then, right where those pins were, make a seam along the opened binding, then trim off the extra material.
Fold back in half, pin the binding along the edge of the quilt, then sew in place.
Okay......halfway done with the binding.
Now, fold the binding over to the front of your quilt. Pin all of the edges in place, nice and snug.
As for the corners, they should fold over from the back very nicely......and if you look at the back, it makes a fold for you automatically. As for the front, you have to help it along. You can either tuck the corner into itself like this.......(takes a bit of coaxing)........
Or you can fold over one edge.......
And just for a side-by-side comparison.......here is the one corner vs. the other.
And that's it.
Quilting and binding do take a bit of time and patience......but I would say that the end result is very satisfying. And useful. (Keeps those little monkeys warm at night.)