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Thread: Recently adopted two methods I learned on this board - great success!

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    Recently adopted two methods I learned on this board - great success!

    For the last couple of quilts I have finished, I have tried two things I learned on this board:
    1. Basting with Elmer's glue
    2. Not ironing the binding

    Both of these things are WONDERFUL and I will do it this way forever! Everything comes out easier and nicer and without eating up so much time.

    I was skeptical on the glue at first and started adding pins, but then I made myself be patient and let it dry all the way and sure enough it ended up working like a charm.

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    If you have a hard time being patient, you can iron it dry. That's what I do because being patient is not my strong suit.

    I've also stopped ironing bindings for the most part.

    You got to love the knowledge on this board!

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    I'm going to try and glue as soon as I get out to buy some. It's been below zero today and I decided to wait Donna

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    1) Basting with glue is a great help! Wish I had heard of this sooner, smile.

    2) The only time I iron the the binding is when I fold the strip wrong sides together and iron it flat before attaching to the quilt.

    There are no hard and fast rules there...whatever works, works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilttiger View Post
    1) Basting with glue is a great help! Wish I had heard of this sooner, smile.

    2) The only time I iron the the binding is when I fold the strip wrong sides together and iron it flat before attaching to the quilt.

    There are no hard and fast rules there...whatever works, works.

    The reason some don't iron a crease in the binding is because the outer layer has to go further than the inner layer - and because of that, the center fold is off by a few threads. I do pin the edges together so that they stay together while I sew the binding on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post

    You got to love the knowledge on this board!
    I have learned soooo much on these boards! The depth of knowledge is unbelievable!

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    Whatever works is right!!! I tried the glue --- too darn messy for me (yeah, I'm a messy gluer - always have been, always will be I guess). I tried not ironing the binding on my last piece and did NOT like it --- will go back to ironing!!!
    Dee


    "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." by George Bernard Shaw

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    I stopped ironing the binding in half before sewing it on; works great! However, following another tip from this board, I now iron the binding away from the quilt body before folding it over. This also is a great tip, at least for machine binding (I no longer hand sew bindings). Both tips together mean my bindings fold over the edge more easily *and* more evenly!

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    I'm with you! Am just now quilting a quilt that I basted with Elmer's glue as suggested here. Can I just say that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it? No wrinkles or tucks anywhere, and that puppy is STUCK. I glue basted and left it for about 3 weeks before I got to it again, and nothing shifted or anything. Extra bonus: don't have to watch out for pins or threads while quilting. I can't see ever going back to thread basting. Now to try the no-iron binding technique. :-)

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    I use glue stick and iron to turn my fabric edges over interfacing. Works perfectly.

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