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Thread: WHY are quilt bindings cut on the BIAS

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamer2009
    Can someone explain this to me please...
    They are only cut on the bias if you have curves or a scalloped border. Otherwise they can be cut on the straight of the grain. I've NEVER cut bias strips. As a matter of fact, the one time I did a scallopped border, I went out and bought pre-made bias strips and used those.

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    The only time I cut my binding on the bias is when I am binding a curve or if i want to use a stripe or plaid and have the bias look. I use a straight width of fabric cut for straight edges.

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    I have never cut on a bias for my binding. I could see if you are going to have scalloped edges it would be better, but not for a square quilt.

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    If you cut one yard of fabric on the bias by 2-2 1/2 inches you will get yards and yards of binding. Much more than straight of grain. Anyway (Bias binding) that is all I have ever known.

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    This is a good explanation, Gale, of the reason for bias binding. Two of them have to do with strength and durability and the last is for aesthetic reasons.
    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    Here's a blog post that explains the differences between bias and straight of grain binding:
    http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/2011/01...cs-part-1.html

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    The older members of my guild thinks if binding isn't cut on the bias it's not real binding. Bias binding is a pain in the butt to make so I don't make it. I use double fold straight 2 1/2" strips cut with my Go and run it through the Simplicity Binding machine. I have yards of binding in minutes. I think double fold is stronger then bias.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    According to Barbara Brackman, reknown quilt historian, bias binding was rarely, if ever, seen on quilts prior to the scalloped-edge quilts of the 1920-1930s.

    I prefer the look, feel, handling, and strength of double fold (aka French fold) binding with mitered, hand-turned, handsewn corners.

    But, as you can see, it's a purely personal preference.

    Jan in VA (quilting nearly 30 years.)
    When I use bias binding (which I have only done on curved projects so far) I use double fold just as if I was using straight-of-grain binding.

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    The bias binding I make and use is always double fold.

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    Thanks for the question and all the answers since I was wondering also...I never have done curves and always cut on the straight grain...

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    They do not have to be, only if you are doing curves, I cut mine straight grain just fine

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