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« on: December 11, 2008 09:52:56 AM »

I just finished making this quilt for my nephew, who turns two on Friday:

These pictures were taken before washing, which I did last night. I'm really proud of this quilt, as it's the first large one I've actually finished (one doll quilt finished before that, one wall hanging not yet bound, one twin sized not bound), and it turned out really nice, even if I did break lots of rules in its making (since I started putting it together before taking a quilting class and without really knowing what I was doing).

My pieced binding turned out absolutely perfect, including the corners, which I finally mastered. I was so pleased, and it didn't take nearly as long as I feared it would.

Then, I threw it in the wash, primarily because we have cats and my sister is allergic, and I didn't really want her to get all sneezy just tucking her child into bed. In general, it pulled through fine, which is good, because I'm assuming its going to get washed a lot.


In some places, the binding is pulling away from the quilt on the side where I sewed it on by hand. I've never seen this happen, and I'm not sure why it did, since I made sure to keep things tight. Has anyone ever had this happen to them? I plan on reinforcing it in the places where it's coming apart, since it's unacceptable to give the gift this way (the white thread I used is totally visible only where the this is happening) and because I feel like it's not sturdy now (and it's really necessary for a 2-year-old's quilt to be able to stand the test of time and what he might do to it - he's a very active little boy).

Any ideas on what I did wrong and how I can fix it? I blind stitched the binding onto the back like the woman who taught my quilting class showed me how to do. I'd show a picture, but I didn't take one and I'm here at work, pondering the problem....

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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2008 11:54:26 AM »

I've had a similar thing happen - my problem was that when I blind stitched it, I got too close to the edge of the quilt material and when it wased, the material frayed beyond my stitching and let loose.  I just went back to those places and stitched over them again, being sure that I caught the material further in from the edge.

That's also why I went to machine stitching my binding on, haven't had that problem since I switched!
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