Using 45° line on ruler, trim beginning tail of binding at 45° angle (Diagram II).
Fold binding in half, wrong sides together, and press. Beginning in the middle of one side of the quilt and leaving a 6˝ tail loose, align raw edges of binding with trimmed quilt edge (Diagram III). Pin in place if needed.
Using a walking foot or even-feed foot, stitch binding to quilt edge, using 1/4˝ seam allowance. Stop 1/4˝ from corner and backstitch (Diagram IV).
Remove quilt from machine and turn it 90°. Fold binding up, forming a 45°-angle (Diagram V).
Fold binding back down over itself, aligning fold with cut edge of quilt sandwich. Beginning 1/4˝ from edge (the same point at which you stopped stitching the first side), stitch next side (Diagram VI), backstitching at beginning and end of seam. Repeat for remaining sides and corners.
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