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Thread: Canadian expat in Mexico City

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    Canadian expat in Mexico City

    My name is Heather; I have lived in MC for a long time. I learned to quilt many years ago from a French woman when I lived in Brussels. I left quilting behind when I returned to Mexico and decided to take it up again 10 years later. How things have changed! I learned rotary replaced my X-ray patterns; no more quilt as you go; everything seemed so much easier. I have found a wonderful place to learn new techniques but mostly I work at home. I like to have several projects on the go; sometimes I feel like hand quilting and others like cutting or sewing. Right now I am putting the binding on a smaller quilt - a 70x70 inch and would like some advice on the width of the binding. I did a thinner binding on an earlier quilt and not sure I liked it as much as the wider one. Any ideas on how wide a binding should be? Does it depend on the size of the quilt or merely personal taste?

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. I usually cut my straight grain, double fold binding at 2 and 1/4 inches for about a 1/4 to 3/8 finished binding on the quilt. It is your quilt and you can make the binding whatever size you like.

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    Just wanted to say welcome from the suburbs of Chicago!

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    Welcome from the Florida west coast! That's me waving across the Gulf . I most often use the method Tartan described, receivershipas binding with striped fabric can add nice detail for certain quilts too.
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    Thank you for the welcoming messages. It is hard to quilt in Mexico where many see it as a "poor man's" answer to keeping warm! Not particularly appreciated - underscored by the fact that there is no word for "quilting" in the Spanish language. Thank you Ontario for your answer! It IS indeed my quilt, so I should be able to bind as I wish.

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    Welcome from Adrian, MI USA

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    Welcome from Michigan!

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    welcome from se Texas
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    Welcome from Southern California! Your binding is really just personal taste. I usually do mine at 2 1/2 in.

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    Hello Heather, welcome from northern California!
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