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Thread: HELP-How do I cut bias binding?

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    My project is ready to have the binding put on and it calls for bias binding. I have gone through the tutes on the board and can't find anything. Can someone tell me how I cut the strips? I would really appreciate it so I can finish this project this afternoon. Thanking you in advance.
    Wendy

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    Instead of cutting your strips the length or width of fabric, place your ruler from top corner left to bottom corner right of the fabric piece & then proceed cutting strips from there & they will be on the bias.

    Here is a good tutorial:

    http://www.ehow.com/video_4433309_cut-bias-binding.html

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    Fold your fabric salvage to salvage and make sure the bottom fold is straight as if you were cutting strips. Take your longest marked ruler and place the 45 degree line on the fold. The ruler is now at a 45 degree angle on the fabric and you can do the first cut. For the rest just line the ruler to the cut edge and keep on cutting strips until you have enough to go around your quilt. You will have a large triangle to the left of the cut, but you can cut on that direction too if you need more binding. Good luck.

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    Here's a tutorial on continuous binding if you don't want to cut and sew diagonal strips together.

    http://www.ctpubblog.com/2009/07/07/...-tips-binding/

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    WHY does your project call for bias binding? Does it have curved edges? If it doesn't, if the edges are straight,if the quilt is a square or rectangle, there is no reason to have bias binding.

    Bias binding did not begin to appear on quilts until the second of third decade of the 1900s when quilts began to have scalloped edges. Barbara Brackmanm, renowned quilt and fabric historian, has stated she has has almost never seen bias binding before then.

    Straight grain binding, with strips sewn on the bias at the ends, is sturdy, economical and easy to make and handle.

    Jan in VA

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    Sometimes the bias is simply decorative, using a plaid or stripe as the binding. Otherwise I agree, if the edges of your quilt are straight, just cut WOF and stitch together. Still watch the tutorials, good to know how to do bias binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    WHY does your project call for bias binding? Does it have curved edges? If it doesn't, if the edges are straight,if the quilt is a square or rectangle, there is no reason to have bias binding.

    Bias binding did not begin to appear on quilts until the second of third decade of the 1900s when quilts began to have scalloped edges. Barbara Brackmanm, renowned quilt and fabric historian, has stated she has has almost never seen bias binding before then.

    Straight grain binding, with strips sewn on the bias at the ends, is sturdy, economical and easy to make and handle.

    Jan in VA
    What she said. In TRIPLICATE!!!! Follow the KISS principle. Unless you're a Sharon Schamber type, of course! LOL

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    The piece of fabric we were given is a plaid. I think the bias cut is more decorative since the lines get all wonky w/the plaid. Thank you everyone for helping me out. The strips are cut and I'm sewing them together, getting ready to apply to the runner. This is the first time I have ever used binding cut on the bias. I just have always used the straight width cut strips. That was the whole problem. Now I have 'mastered' a new technique and will have a beautiful runner when I'm done. The project was from the Betty Cotton class I took on Friday. Thanks again, friends.
    Wendy

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    This is the method I use (you have to click on the link that says 'bias cut binding handout'). It is SO amazingly easy.
    http://ankastreasures.wordpress.com/...t-binding-tip/

    I should add that it isn't like the ones that you normally see, where you just cut on the bias. You fold your fabric a certain way and then cut and you get it done in no time at all.

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    You took another class?!
    i miss you, where have you been?
    did you get the binding done?!

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