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« on: January 15, 2012 09:44:25 AM »

Is a quilt still *technically* a quilt without a binding?
I usually hand sew all my binding and I HATE it.

I really enjoy crazy quilting but find that a binding takes away from the crazy quilting. So I was considering making a quilt with no binding, just right sides sewn together and some top stitching around the edges afterwards.

Would this still be considered a quilt? And would I be able to put it through standards at  a craft council without bound edges?


« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2012 07:41:28 AM »

Well, in my opinion, it's still a quilt. I don't know about the "standards at a craft council" part, though - I think it depends on their requirements.

That being said, you don't have to hand sew binding (in fact, since I got a SID attachment for my walking foot, I never do.)
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2012 09:04:25 AM »

A binding or no binding doesn't define a quilt. I have been making my quilted placemats without binding lately, as I now have arthritis in my thumbs, and hand sewing hurts - I still do it, but I am being more selective now.

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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2012 02:18:12 PM »

Well, in my opinion, it's still a quilt. I don't know about the "standards at a craft council" part, though - I think it depends on their requirements.
Same here.  If you are wanting to enter your work into juried events I would contact them to be sure. 

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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2012 03:01:19 PM »

On YouTube, I saw a video done (I think by Missouri Quilt Co) where she showed how to completely machine-stitch a quilt with zero hand-stitching. I might check or try something like that out, instead!
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2012 06:39:45 PM »

  I hate binding and I don't hand bind. I have two techniques I use for binding, which are the least of all evils to me.

Anyway a quilt is usually defined by the fact that it is layered fabric held together with stitches, so an outer binding isn't required to make it a quilt.  I don't like the look of faced quilts myself, but they are definitely an option that has been around for a while. Works that are faced are very popular in the art quilt world, and a variety of other finishes are seen there.
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2012 09:10:08 AM »

I hate hand binding - it's my least favourite part of quilting. By the time I get to binding I just want the damn thing done with.

So I do what I call "lazy woman's binding". I have two techniques for this. One is I cut the border pieces for the top wider than I want them, double fold them over the edge of the quilt, and machine stitch them to the back. This works just fine.

In those cases when for whatever reason I can't/don't want to use the borders (usually because I want a different colour as the binding), I do something very similar. I prepare the binding pieces as per usual, then machine stitch the binding as per usual - except to the BACK of the quilt, not the front. Then I fold the binding over the edges and machine stitch the other side.

It's not how traditionalists would do it, but I'm not making my quilts to be judged and it's WAY faster than hand binding.

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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2012 04:49:03 PM »

I agree with the opinions above. I would like to advocate hand-sewn binding. I hated it at first, but now I just take it to the living room and watch tellie while I do it. It isn't as horrible as it used to be.

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