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« on: September 14, 2008 04:58:24 PM »

Hi I am kind of new to quilting, but when I started I started three at the same time.

Anyway, I don’t have any problems with putting the quilt top together, or making the “sandwich”, but I am dreading the impending binding of the quilts.

I am looking forward to getting the raw edges of the “sandwich” wrapped up, and I’m pretty sure I understand mitred corners. 

The thing that I am not sure about is the binding strip itself and its raw edges.

I have thought about sewing the binding strip into a tube, so that there are no raw edges, then folding this over the edge of the quilt and sewing, but that would be sewing through one layer of batting, the quilt bottom, the quilt top, plus four layers of binding material, which seems like an awful lot.

Does anybody have any suggestions?  I love making the quilt tops, but it would be such a shame to go to all the effort of putting the quilt together and ruining it with awful binding.

Am I missing some neat little trick that everybody else knows about?

EDIT:  I am also planning on hand tying the quilt, as I don't have a walking foot.  So, the only part when I have to sew through batting is the binding.
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2008 06:55:39 PM »

Hi Aliped!
   First off, this is what I watched when I did my first binding.  I did NOT use a walking foot when I did this, and I had a little "pucker" problem (the bottom moved more than the top did, etc)  however, this is ONE way to do binding and she does an OK job of explaining it.

   This is an old post called "binding suggestions" that has some fun advice on it from different quilters.  Hope these help!!

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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2008 07:54:28 PM »

Thanks!!!! Cheesy

I've watched quite a few binding tutorials on Youtube today, but I just got more confused - somehow I missed the one you recommended.  Now that I have watched it, it actually makes sense!!!  Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!  I'm looking forward to binding! 
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2008 06:21:08 AM »

That was the video I was going to suggest! 
the only thing I do differently is that I hand stitch it down on the back, jsut looks so much nicer I think.

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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2008 04:14:19 PM »

That was the video I was going to suggest! 
the only thing I do differently is that I hand stitch it down on the back, jsut looks so much nicer I think.

I'm going to hand stitch one of the shorter sides first, to see if my fingers can stand it, if not then, I'll resort to stitching in the ditch.

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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2008 04:03:59 AM »

I liked that video a lot.  I will say that it does not work when you want a wide binding.... It gave me fits. The corner would not work... however next quilt I do will be with the skinnier binding...I'll just make sure I put a border around the quilt before I get to the binding to make it easier on myself..

Here's a tip from my mother.. after you cut your binding, iron the backside of the binding down to make a nice crease... then flip it over to the back side line up the binding right past the line that you sewed for the front side and pin it down and don't be stingy with the pins... flip it back over and stitch in the ditch.  I did that with my last one and did not have to hand stitch squat on the back side... let's not talk about the amount of hand stitching I had to do with the first one.  I also had the same fear of the binding.  My quilt sat unfinished for like two weeks until I worked up enough courage.  I will say that I wish I had thought of scoping out youtube for videos.  I just had a bunch of printed out tutorials that really did not help one iota.  Nothing beats seeing it in person I guess you could say!

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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2008 09:39:06 AM »

Honestly, I never understood biding until I used the Denyse Schmidt method.  Now I use it every time.  This is the best thing I can find online to explain it...
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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2008 02:07:44 PM »

I'm still terrified of binding.  The only quilts I've actually bound have been my tiny doll quilts, and even then I only bind the quilts I don't care much about.  I realize that's probably not very comforting, but I'm glad this thread is here.  It seems like one of those things that can't really be explained easily, so if there are relatable resources out there, I'm all for it.  Smiley  Good luck!

« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2008 04:17:23 PM »

i followed the instructions i found here
to bind my first quilt.  i thought it worked well - neat and sharp corners.  very happy.

« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2008 06:03:03 PM »

I make my quilts with round corners thus avoiding the mitred binding.   

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