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Thread: Quilted playmat, binding and interfacing

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    Hi all, new here and fairly new to quilting. All my quilts so far have been simple blocks where I didn't bind, just used the inside out method, they have turned out ok, and the recipients have all been pleased with them.

    I am now embarking on a new project, a play mat for my daughter, she is almost crawling so I need something to put in my wooden floors to cushion her inevitable falls.

    I've pieced the quilt top and I'm ready to base and quilt, question 1 is what method is best for basting a large quilt (1x2 meters)

    Question 2, I am using ribbon to bind, is there a specific method (for machining) ribbon binding?

    Question 3, because this will be a floor mat, I don't really want it to bunch up when she is rolling around on it, I have some medium fusible interfacing, would it be ok to use this on the backing material (100% cotton) in order to help keep it flat? I was also thinking of dotting on some puff paint to help it become non-slip, but I'll decide that once it's finished :)

    Thanks in advance

    Sarah

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    Sound like a great project BUT can I play devils advocate here for a minute. As a mom and former day care provider anything like a rug or playmat on the floor is a trip waiting to happen as she crawls and than starts to walk. JMO with smile:) (I know perhaps I'm over cautious but I've seen too many bumps and trips in my day.)

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    When I make a tummy time mat, I use very heavy backing, like denim. No bunching.

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    I never really thought about that to be honest, but I can see your point. She has a small play mat at the moment, but one roll and she is off it, so I was after something bigger. I do think that I am of the school of they are going to fall over and have bumps anyway, obviously I don't want to intentially create more hazards for her, and it's not something we plan to keep on the floor at all times, so when she starts walking we can move it and I'll turn it into a bed quilt :)

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    Sounds cute. I'm assuming that you are using regular ribbon for the binding, not satin blanket binding. If using ribbon, I would iron it in half first. Sew the back, fold on ironed crease, then sew the front. Great place for those decorative stitches if your machine has them.

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    Thanks, Ive never bound a quilt before, so would it be possible to expand your suggestion a little? Ive watched lots of vids on YouTube and read lots of tutorials all varying slightly. It is just regular 2" ribbon x thanks again x

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    First, make sure that you purchased washable ribbon, and not floral ribbon. It probably is synthetic, so don't use a cotton setting on your iron. Press in half, so now it's 1" wide. Working from the back of your quilt, open the ribbon and match the fold with the raw edge of the quilt. Pin in place and stitch close to the edge. After you have stitched all the way around, turn the quilt over, fold the ribbon down and pin. Stitch close to the edge. In theory, you could just fold it over the raw edge, pin and stitch from the front, but doing it from the back first will give you a better result and won't take that much longer.
    You will need to miter the corners and join the 2 ends. here's a link to binding tutorials on this site:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/search....inding&u=&s=10

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    That's fantastic x thank you very much x

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