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    Is there any way to add a trim around a finished quilt? What I mean is does anyone sew a ruffle on or something like that? I chickened out on trying to add the border I bought, which was a two inch blanket binding. I wasn't sure how to do it, or follow instructions and was afraid I'd mess it up after all the work. I'd rather have it more plain, than chance it. Can I still machine stitch a binding around it? Any advice or ideas? Maybe I will just quit while I'm ahead, but I guess I'm thinking it needs a little something more.

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    I'm not sure what 'blanket' binding is...but, I use pieces from my quilt to make my own binding. I cut 2 1/2" strips and sew them together on an angle until I have more then enough to go all the way around the edge of the quilt. I fold this strip in half, and press..then.. I trim the outside edge of the quilt leaving about 1/4" of the batting sticking out on the very edge. Then I sew down the binding, all the way around,(Sewing the strip to the edge of the fabric) then flip it over to the back and will pin and hand whip it down all the way around or sew it in place. Make sense at all? I hope this helps:)LOL Very simple and quick and the binding matches my quilt:)Skeat

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    Oops...here's a thread already going on binding and info on binding at: http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/24321.page


    More ideas!! And, a great help there...Skeat

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    I am not sure what you mean . How did you finish the edges ? Are the edges finished now ? I believe that blanket binding is the same as a quilt binding . Someone will correct me if I am wrong.

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    If you want to put a ruffle around your quilt, the best way is to make it like a Quillow where you sew the quilt togather, leave an opening and turn it right side out.
    If you already quilted your quilt this would not work.

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    That is how I made my quilt. It is tied, not machine or hand quilted. I just have to stitch it closed. Am thinking now that maybe the two don't go together, ruffles and ties? They might not compliment each other. But I'm experimenting here. I just think some sort of edge makes a much nicer finished look. What if I knotted yarn all the way around to make a fringe? That would blend with the ties, if I use the same color, do you think?? Of course, that might make it look like a rug, lol! Maybe I should post the pic and ask.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie
    If you want to put a ruffle around your quilt, the best way is to make it like a Quillow where you sew the quilt togather, leave an opening and turn it right side out.
    If you already quilted your quilt this would not work.

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    Do you still have a raw edge on your quilt? If so, it's common to finish it with a binding. You could use wide blanket binding, but it would be very difficult to sew on without a lot of rippling. Traditional quilt binding methods would be much easier.

    Traditional quilt bindings do not have to be narrow, but they usually are. If you want a border around your quilt, you usually work that into your top design rather than adding it as a binding.

    There are ways to add a ruffle, prairie points, etc. also.

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    Wasn't sure of that myself! A little confusing to me. On the package it says "blanket binding." I have other thin ones that say "bias binding." It's folded in half and has a tiny finished edge.
    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    I am not sure what you mean . How did you finish the edges ? Are the edges finished now ? I believe that blanket binding is the same as a quilt binding . Someone will correct me if I am wrong.

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    Post the picture - the visual will be helpful.

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    Thank you, Skeat!
    Quote Originally Posted by Skeat
    Oops...here's a thread already going on binding and info on binding at: http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/24321.page


    More ideas!! And, a great help there...Skeat

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