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Thread: I can't believe I made such a Rookie mistake!

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    For some odd reason, I have always been paranoid about this happening to me. So whenever I make binding for a quilt I actually run it along the edge of the quilt with ample fold put on each corner to account for the mitering before I start sewing it on. I have never come up short but I have a ziploc baggie full of "bits 'o binding" ranging from a foot in length to several feet. No worries, I will end up sewing it all together and using it to bind a scrap quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyce888
    Great - maybe I can use her house for storage of extra fabric...Just a thought.
    Great Idea!
    LOL Although I don't have much fabric wouldn't this still be nice for all the other "junk" around here. To bad my daughter is only six I have a LONG time before I will be passing my "junk" on to her!

    Good luck getting your binding done. Don't let this minor issue throw you off course for getting the projects done!

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    So glad you found more fabric for your binding! feline fanatic mentions running the binding around the edge of the quilt to make sure there's enough. I've also been told to do that to make sure the seams in the binding don't wind up in the corners, where it makes it harder to get a good mitre. I never have done that, but I do keep my scraps of binding in a separate plastic shoe box, and they get used on scrap quilts.

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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions and words of encouragement. Experience is the best teacher - I'm not getting rid of any scraps until the quilt is completely DONE!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    make that last 15" a different color and sign that part. in other words, make that your label. just embroider or write with a pigma whatever you usually do, name, year, place. i think it will appear to be deliberate.
    What a great idea-I never would have thought of that! I might try that on a wall quilt I'm about to start!

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    Glad it all worked out! How frustrating when we run short!! :D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanuatu Jill
    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    make that last 15" a different color and sign that part. in other words, make that your label. just embroider or write with a pigma whatever you usually do, name, year, place. i think it will appear to be deliberate.
    What a great idea-I never would have thought of that! I might try that on a wall quilt I'm about to start!
    I love that idea, too!

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    I read your first post with a sinking heart - as quilters I think we've all had that "oh no!" moment one way or another. But I'm so glad this has a happy ending.

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    You could just always cut one or two strips of binding width more than what you're sure you'll need. After awhile you'll have enough strips to make a scrappy sring quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    For some odd reason, I have always been paranoid about this happening to me. So whenever I make binding for a quilt I actually run it along the edge of the quilt with ample fold put on each corner to account for the mitering before I start sewing it on. I have never come up short but I have a ziploc baggie full of "bits 'o binding" ranging from a foot in length to several feet. No worries, I will end up sewing it all together and using it to bind a scrap quilt.
    lol I'm the same way. I usually use those extra bits for testing when my machine is going wonky. I never throw them out because "some day" I'll use them. Scraps multiply like bunnies...

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