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    Binding corners

    The corners on my a quilt are developing a strange shape. I hope you can tell by the photo that they are "jutting" out to one side. It seems like there is too much fabric in the corner so it bunches up a bit. I machine sew to the front and then ladder stitch to the back. I have used this technique on several other quilts and don't remember having this problem. In addition, the stitching on the front is pulling out at the corners. What is going on? Any advice out there?
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    Just noticed the dog hair in the picture. The old iPad takes better pictures than I thought! Sorry. Gross!

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    I get that sometimes as well. My guess is that we either do not have a straight stitch when attaching our binding or our quilts have minds of their own and like pointy wonky corners. Hopefully somebody smarter than me will shed some light on this issue.
    By the way, everything looks better, and tastes better, with a dog hair in it LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by wattse2000 View Post
    Just noticed the dog hair in the picture. The old iPad takes better pictures than I thought! Sorry. Gross!
    No suggestions but a question. Did you post the picture from your iPad? I haven't had any luck doing it. The area to select the picture from your computer was greyed out. Any suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pattypurple View Post
    No suggestions but a question. Did you post the picture from your iPad? I haven't had any luck doing it. The area to select the picture from your computer was greyed out. Any suggestions?
    I took the pics on the ipad and there was an option to select "camera roll" when I went to attach the image. Does that help?

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    Did you trim your corner square with a square ruler? If your miter fold doesn't line up exactly with the point it can end up a little wonky too.

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    I also find that at times if my stitch, when I attach by machine to the front, is not exactly to the end when I start each side, and the layers of fabric are not fully to the edge that the mitered corners can be off just a bit.
    Sometimes they are perfect, sometimes not so much without a lot of manipulating as I hand stitch it.

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    Looking at the grain in your excellent pictures, it doesn't appear to me that the corners of your quilt aren't square.
    If they are square, then the problem is with the attachment of the binding.

    Are you stopping the stitching that attaches your binding to the front at exactly the same distance from the edge as the seam allowance width and backstitching there? When you start the seam on the next edge after the corner, your line of stitching will touch (or nearly touch) the stopping point of the other seam. If those seams overlap or cross in the corner, your fabric won't turn correctly.

    Another possibility is that when you make the fold in the binding at the corner, you may not be making a 45 degree angle with the fabric that folds under the stitching. A little wonky there can make a mess. Looking at your picture, I think that fold technique might be your problem.

    I am hoping others can zero in on it and help you more.

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    I always measure and mark with a pencil where to stop stitching before turning the quilt for the next side. I use 1/4" seams so I mark 1/4" from the edge, stop with needle down and take several stitches backwards. When folding the binding up I am extremely careful the corner forms a perfect right angle and the folds are exactly matching. When i am ready to start down the next side I start with the binding under the presser foot and backstitch to the edge then start forward again. IMHO a walking foot is necessary for good results. Hope this helps. I also like the ladder stitch for attaching to the back.
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    Silver Needle has done a much better job of describing the technique that makes excellent corners.

    I use a 3/8" seam allowance when attaching the binding. When I get about 4" from the corner, I measure up 3/8" from the end and mark it with a pin perpendicular to the end. I slowly approach the pin and stop right when I get there and then backstitch. It works every time for me.

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    You can get the pagodas from any of the above mentioned reasons.
    (I think it's because either your corner isn't perfectly square and/or you're not stopping and starting in the right position from the edge.)

    You might want to take a look at Sharon Schamber's video on binding.
    Even if you don't follow her method exactly, it's full of great tips for every single step of the binding process - at least you'll be able to pinpoint where you can improve your technique.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE

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    I think it is Heather over on www.ankastreasures that refers to those as "bird's beak" corners. She says it is indeed from too much fabric in the corners. Make sure you stop sewing the width of the binding from your corner and when you fold it up and then down to go down the next side, make sure that the new fold is not above the sandwich edge. She has some good tutorials on binding at her site that might help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattypurple View Post
    No suggestions but a question. Did you post the picture from your iPad? I haven't had any luck doing it. The area to select the picture from your computer was greyed out. Any suggestions?
    Patty, have you followed Sandygirl's instructions for posting from the Ipad. I followed her instructions and can now post photos that are on my Ipad camera roll onto QB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I think it is Heather over on www.ankastreasures that refers to those as "bird's beak" corners. She says it is indeed from too much fabric in the corners. Make sure you stop sewing the width of the binding from your corner and when you fold it up and then down to go down the next side, make sure that the new fold is not above the sandwich edge. She has some good tutorials on binding at her site that might help.
    Thanks Tartan! I thought this was her problem but I couldn't figure out how to word it!!
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    Mark your 1/4 inch dot and sew on the back, fold to the front and Make sure you still have that 1/4 inch on both sides of the corner when sewing down. Mark your dot! Check your sides of the quilt on the corner
    if one side is a Stitch line thicker or thiner than the other side, you will get a wonky corner
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    Silver Needle has done a much better job of describing the technique that makes excellent corners.

    I use a 3/8" seam allowance when attaching the binding. When I get about 4" from the corner, I measure up 3/8" from the end and mark it with a pin perpendicular to the end. I slowly approach the pin and stop right when I get there and then backstitch. It works every time for me.

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    How wide is your binding strip if you use a 3/8" seam allowance

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    Blackberry,

    My binding is 2.75" before folding in half. Depending on the thickness of the binding, sometimes the seam allowance has to be adjusted slightly. I like the extra "wiggle" room this size binding gives me over the standard 2.5" cut.

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    I've been having this same problem. I always make a half inch finished binding. I cut fabric 3". So I added a 1/4" and cut 3 1/4" strips, now my corners come out much better.
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    It appears that your seam is not consistent at the ends and start. One appears to be narrower than the other. Controlling these points is the best way to assure a good mitre

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    Another possibility is that when you make the fold in the binding at the corner, you may not be making a 45 degree angle with the fabric that folds under the stitching. A little wonky there can make a mess. Looking at your picture, I think that fold technique might be your problem.

    I think this is the problem...are you stitching to 1/4th inch, lifting the pressure foot, turning, folding a miter and then resume stitching down the next side? I don't see a miter at the corner at all....
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