Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 35

Thread: backing/binding

  1. #1
    Senior Member barking-rabbit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    east of Seattle
    Posts
    430
    I was wondering if the backing of a quilt could be brought to the front and used instead of binding? Is this done at all?

  2. #2
    Senior Member mom2suki's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Grants Pass, Oregon
    Posts
    626
    I did this with a wall hanging that my SIL had started before she got sick. There wasn't enough fabric left to make binding, and instead of buying something to contrast I just decided to pull it around the front and tack it down like a binding. It worked fine and I think it looked OK. Will be interested to see if anyone else has done this!

  3. #3
    Super Member Quiltforme's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Beautiful Washington state!
    Posts
    3,341
    I have a quilter friend this is all she does and it is beautiful. Worked perfectly for her. I have not tried it just the old fashion way. I say go for it! And welcome to our board!!

  4. #4
    tooMuchFabric's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    TX
    Posts
    1,275
    Blog Entries
    3
    Self-binding using the backing is a very old method, has been done for many many decades.

  5. #5
    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    7,167
    Blog Entries
    3
    i do it whenever my backing fabric coordinates well with the fabs in the top.

  6. #6
    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    11,167
    Blog Entries
    1
    it takes good pressing/pinning; but you could probably use the elmers glue method to hold it for stitching doing it this way. i have not tried the gluing methods yet, but i have done self-binding on a couple quilts.

  7. #7
    Super Member quiltmaker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    In Hiding
    Posts
    1,227
    Quote Originally Posted by tooMuchFabric
    Self-binding using the backing is a very old method, has been done for many many decades.


    This is absolutely true....that is how they used to do it years ago and many people still do it that way today.

  8. #8
    Super Member Shelbie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    1,945
    I use this method all the time for our Community quilts that our guild gives away. I also use it on quick quilts that are going to get a lot of use. It's a fast way to get done and I find that it wears well. I just cut my backing fabric 1" wider, fold under 1/4", wrap to front making sure everything is tucked in and top stitch on the front sometimes using a machine decorative stitch. It looks great and unless you were a quilter you would never know that I hadn't applied a separate binding. It's guaranteed to match! My MIL who is still quilting at 87 has always finished her quilts this way and she learned it from her grandmother in the 30's.

  9. #9
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    964
    Blog Entries
    11
    I know alot of people that do it. I read somewhere if you make your own binding it is stronger.

  10. #10
    Super Member grammyp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    2,488
    Yup, that is the only way my grandmother did hers.

  11. #11
    Super Member dakotamaid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    South central Nebraska, US
    Posts
    5,585
    I do it this way for charity quilts but I go one step further and make sure I have enough backing to double it before stitching down. Makes for a more durable binding that doesn't wear thru as quickly.

  12. #12
    tooMuchFabric's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    TX
    Posts
    1,275
    Blog Entries
    3
    A doubled layer where the backing/binding comes over to the front of the quilt will last longer than a single layer.
    This is true no matter what method of binding you use.
    More layers means it will take more wear.
    And if you wear out a single layer of self-binding, there is nothing to fall back on in years to come - it would have to have a new binding anyway.
    If the quilt is not for long-term life, then it doesn't make a lot of difference.
    .

  13. #13
    Super Member TammyM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    1,005
    I just did this on a customer's quilt for her. It is what she wanted and it looked great.

  14. #14

    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    556
    Quote Originally Posted by barking-rabbit
    I was wondering if the backing of a quilt could be brought to the front and used instead of binding? Is this done at all?
    Sure - many people used to do this in the olden days. I have several quilts, both antique and made in the 60's to 70's that use the backing as the binding. I know there are some folks that still do it today, especially for wall hangings, as I read questions about it periodically. I don't know that I'd do it for a show quilt though.

    The only reason a regular binding normally is used is to double the fabric on the edge, as the binding is the first item to show wear. Using a bias, where the threads run diagonally will show wear even less than the straight binding. Both can also be used as an artistic detail.

    At least...this is what I was taught by a very old quilter :)

    Debbie in Austin (who didn't read all the feedback and hope she's not repeating!)

  15. #15
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Alturas, CA
    Posts
    8,403
    Certainly you can do it. I personally don't care for the method but you can do it whichever way you want to, it's your quilt. No quilt police here. LOL

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Bushkill, Pa
    Posts
    535
    I embroider lap quilts, and when I'm done, I put a thin
    piece of batting on the back of the quilt and use fabric as a backing to cover up the threads from embroidering the quilt. I always bring the back fabric over the edges and use it as binding. Looks nice and works well. The only difference between this way of binding and the traditional way of binding is when it comes to the ends of the quilt and the ends are round, I do need to gather the binding a bit to get it to gracefully turn the corner.

  17. #17
    tooMuchFabric's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    TX
    Posts
    1,275
    Blog Entries
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by dgmoby
    The only reason a regular binding normally is used is to double the fabric on the edge, as the binding is the first item to show wear.

    Plus, a self-binding is part of the main body of the quilt and if the binding is damaged, the main part of the quilt is damaged.

    if the separate binding gets worn, the main quilt is not damaged, and you (or someone down the years!) can just replace the applied binding with another, and on the quilt goes for its next 50 years!!
    .

  18. #18
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    2,041
    I have used this method if my backing makes a good binding color to match the top.I am not really picky about by backing and tend to use a solid color. If I do that and I do not want that solid for my binding then I make my bindiing out of a coordinating print.

  19. #19
    Senior Member quiltin chris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Greenville, OH
    Posts
    359
    Yes, it is one of the oldest methods of binding--you see it quite often on antique quilts. Not a good idea to do this on a quilt that is going to get a lot of wear and cleaning. The binding just doesn't hold up as well.
    Usually it is ok to use on wallhangings.
    I have a wallhanging I am ready to do self binding. It has been hand pieced and hand quilted and I didn't want to use machine applied binding. I guess I just want to be able to say I did it ALL by hand.

    Good luck
    Chris

  20. #20
    Senior Member MomtoBostonTerriers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    461
    My grandmother and aunt (now 91 years old) did all their quilts that way.

  21. #21
    Super Member sewingladydi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Woodhaven, Michigan
    Posts
    1,983
    I've done it-don't love it, but it's really personal choice.

  22. #22
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,958
    I have done it on quilts before and it worked great. They have held up just fine too.

  23. #23
    Super Member tjradj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    London, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    1,329
    Blog Entries
    1
    I do it all the time. Usually on items that aren't going to get a lot of handling or washing like wall hangings and table toppers.
    There are no quilt police. Go for it.

  24. #24

    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Toledo, OH
    Posts
    26
    I do this all the time. It works great for me.

  25. #25
    Super Member Annaquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    9,700
    Quote Originally Posted by barking-rabbit
    I was wondering if the backing of a quilt could be brought to the front and used instead of binding? Is this done at all?
    I do it all the time, either to the front or if it works out better to the back. I especially like it for usuable quilts and kids quilts as the edge is a lot softer and you do not add weight.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.