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    Senior Member ChaiQuilter's Avatar
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    I made a placemat. It's rectangular with curved corners. Do you think I need to use bias binding or can I get away with straight? Thanks.

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    I think you will be much happier with bias binding. You might be able to get away with straight, but it will be harder to apply and may look like it was forced.

    Bias binding doesn't have to be cut entirely on the bias though, especially if the curves are gentle. You will still get some stretch if you cut it at, say, a 15 degree angle rather than the true 45 degrees.

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    Use the bias...especially b/c of the curves....here it's a picture of curved binding I did before learning to do bias cuts...

    Very rough and ruffly....
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    Senior Member ChaiQuilter's Avatar
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    Thanks...where's the picture?

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    very nice binding job

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    The straight of grain binding will not go around the corners well (the binding will have puckers) I have used straight of grain and bias on a quilt before. I pinned my straight of grain binding up to the curve, sewed on a small length of bias and proceeded to do the remaining quilt in the same manner. If you have a dark or busy print binding, you can't really tell where the seams are. Would it be worth it on a placemat? Not to me. I would just cut bias binding. Don't forget you have bias binding already, if you have some matching ties to recycle.

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    When I made mine like that, I used quick turn. No binding and they lay nice and flat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MIJul
    When I made mine like that, I used quick turn. No binding and they lay nice and flat.
    great job. i love the bird pattern

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    You'll be much happier using bias binding....... and I like the pictures that have been posted! very nice

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    I made some placemats for my sister for Christmas and was really tight on time so did not make bias binding, was a total nightmare could not get it to work at all , had to give them to her tacked on and get them back after Christmas to do a new bias binding

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