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Thread: Some binding questions -- help please

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    Some binding questions -- help please

    I just got a quilt back from the LAQ and am getting ready to bind it, but I have questions:

    1. Do I cut the binding from the LOF or WOF? The edges are straight, not scalloped, so I am not going to cut on the bias.

    2. What width works best for you? For the few quilts I have made in the past I used 2-1/2 inch binding strips (can't remember how I cut them, hence question #1) and it seemed to be OK, but I am not sure it was the best choice.

    I would be grateful for any advice.
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    I prefer WOF for binding. WOF gives it just a tiny bit of stretch which I like.

    The width I cut binding depends a lot on the type of batting used. I like thin battings, so usually 2" works well for me. However, I'm pretty sure that would not work well if I used Warm and Natural batting; for that I would probably go with 2.5" . If you are not sure, and the batting is the same as your last quilt, try going with 2.25" and see how that works for you.

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    I cut 2 -1/4 inch WOF strips and join them with 45* for double fold binding. I do 1/4 inch binding and find that measurement gives me slightly wider than 1/4 inch on the back.

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    I cut WOF at 2", join strips together on diagonal press seams open, press both sides. Press strip in half, sew cut sides to quilt on front. Using 1/4- 3/8" seam, turn to back and sew to backing, covering the seam. I hope this helps. I only use high loft poly batting.
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    I cut mine from the WOF. I would only cut them LOF if I cut them first and then used the rest to cut the pieces for the blocks. I'm sure I've read pros and cons about both, but can't remember details.

    I usually cut my binding strips 3", because I like a wider binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I cut 2 -1/4 inch WOF strips and join them with 45* for double fold binding. I do 1/4 inch binding and find that measurement gives me slightly wider than 1/4 inch on the back.
    this is just the way i do it as well. i find that the 2.5" strip leaves the binding just a little too 'empty' for my taste. the 2 1/4" is just enough room to sew the second side just covering the 1st side's seam
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I cut 2 -1/4 inch WOF strips and join them with 45* for double fold binding. I do 1/4 inch binding and find that measurement gives me slightly wider than 1/4 inch on the back.
    I do this as well unless it is for a quilt that is going to be laundered a lot, then I use continuous bias binding.

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    I cut 21/2 inch on the wof . If you use your walking foot and a generous over 1/4 " seam then folding over is full binding.

    Some good tutes and utubes on binding .
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    I would suggest you make a sample with same fabric and batting as your quilt
    then you will know what width is right for you.
    Personally, I use mostly W&N batting and I prefer to cut 2 5/8" WOF, and use 3/8"
    seam allowance. This gives me the best coverage when I sew to the front then SID.

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    I, too, use 2 1/4" WOF for my binding strips. I use W&N batting and a 1/4" seam from the edge of the quilt top. No issues so far!

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