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Thread: Do I have to use a binding?

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    Or can I just sandwich it inside out, stitch three edges, turn it right side out and blind stitch the last edge? I'm trying to save some time..Or will that look stupid?

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    Sure you can do it like that, but I wouldnt leave the entire last side undone., just leave an opening big enough to turn the quilt back through. When done like this they are usually tied, but I think some have quilted them this way too.

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    It feels like cheating..lol..But This quilt has to be done in the next 3 days..So I'm trying to shave some time off..Plus I've never done the binding before..My hubby is loving it already and the top is not quite together yet..Close though

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    Sure hope to see pictures of it :wink:

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    Once you turn the sandwich & close it, if you stitch all the way around, about 1/2" to 3/8" from the edge, it will look similar to binding. A faux binding! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by zyxquilts
    Once you turn the sandwich & close it, if you stitch all the way around, about 1/2" to 3/8" from the edge, it will look similar to binding. A faux binding! :D

    I done several just the same way.

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    You can also leave 1-2inches of the backing extended and turn the back to the front and machine stitch down. I have done that in the past. M

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    The no-binding method is called "birthing a quilt" and, to my way of thinking, if a technique has a name, it isn't cheating! Here is just one of many sites with instructions. http://www.fabriclandwest.com/quilte...hing_quilt.htm

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    I've seen them with ruffles around it and boy was it nice.

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    Last year at the wings falls quilt show they had a display of old quilts, and some of them were finished this way...others appeared to be turned under and sewn

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