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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / quilt finishing / binding??? on: July 18, 2007 01:47:06 PM
I received some beautiful quilt tops that my great grandmother made with her mother when she was younger.  (what a treasure!!)  Grin

Anyway, I took them to a local quilting place to finish them with machine quilting because I do not quilt.  I can sew, but I have no means of quilting these - the smallest one will fit a full size bed.

I asked her to finish them with the old fashioned cotton batting and then muslin on the back since that seemed to be the closest match to what the front is.  I want to maintain the integrity of these as much as I possible can.  Well, I assumed that when she said she was going to "finish" them, that would include the edges.  I thought that was included in the $177.00 that she charged me. (Isn't that what finishing it means??)  Huh   

I was wrong.  She just put the batting and the backing on and then quilted it all together. (is that what they usuall do??)  I would think that some sort of binding is sewn on the edges before the quilting is done, but like I said I do not know anything about quilting - other than how much I love love love quilts.  So now I am left with these edges that I have no idea what to do with.   

What is the best way to finish the edges to keep it looking as traditional as I can?  I want it to look like it would if my grandmother would have finished it herself or as close as possible.

Two of them are wedding ring quilts and the edges are sort of scalloped because that is where the rings end. (Does that make sense?)  One is Holly Hobby dolls with a sort of frame around each. It is one big rectangle though.

Any suggestions?
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