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Thread: Can I put on the binding before quilting the border?

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    Can I put on the binding before quilting the border?

    My border on a table runner is 2.5 inches before putting on the binding. I'd like to do so straight quilting but want it to be 1/4 from the binding. So is it okay to put the binding on first so that I can get a straight and even line or do I have to do the binding last? Thank you!

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    It is your work and you can do whatever you want. Actually it sounds like a good idea to me. Having the binding already attached will give you a definate guide for the quilting. I have actually seen that done on a bed size quilt before it was put on the frame to be quilted. It is another way to hold the sandwhich together while quilting.
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    I have put on binding before quilting the borders several times. Just be careful not to put to much tension on edge when applying binding. Will be beautiful.

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    Sounds like a good idea! Could you possibly just sew the binding to the front only so you will have a guide for your 1/4" and after you finish your quilting you could sew the binding to the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    Sounds like a good idea! Could you possibly just sew the binding to the front only so you will have a guide for your 1/4" and after you finish your quilting you could sew the binding to the back.
    Thanks to all of you for taking the time to answer. I think if I just sewed the binding to the front it might be a problem when I tried to quilt the border as it might get in the way. I know I can do this, I just want to make sure that I'm not overlooking some problem with doing the binding first. Thanks.

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    In thinking about your question and any reason not to do it. No there isn't. However, I just finished a throw with somewhat similar situation. I quilted in the ditch a throw size that had large rectangular and square shapes in it. Shapes are like 16x12", 16"x16" etc. 12"x8" etc. You get the picture. I then went back and quilted a grid design in each of them. The only problem I had was to keep the layers flat and work out any puffiness in a uniform way across the section. I even put straight pins in front of the walking foot to make sure any excess was evenly distributed. This is most likely a similar situation you may find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    I even put straight pins in front of the walking foot to make sure any excess was evenly distributed. This is most likely a similar situation you may find.
    I do this a lot, especially if I'm machine quilting a project with poly batting that doesn't cling to the layers as well as cotton does. I use flat flower pins. It's a very helpful strategy.

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    For charity quilts I do them pillowcase style, turning, no binding and it works fine, requires more pinning around edges. i also do this for table runners sometimes. It works. As Holice said It is your quilt.
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