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Thread: Binding problem!

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    So I am finishing up my second quilt ever made (yay me!) and I am having a problem binding it. I had it in mind to use a binding-less method, but it'd a dismal failure. Here's the problem: I already trimmed it down to finish it without a binding, but I think I may need to do one. How can I finish my quilt so it will look decent at this point?

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    I used to trim my quilts before I added the binding, so not all is lost.

    Recommend a small zig-zag to secure the edges, then attach a binding. There are nice tutorials on the different methods. My favorite is the continuous double-fold.

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    I'll have to give this a try...I haven't done binding before (my last quilt was binding-less but I used a different method than this time) so hopefully i can get it straight....LOL

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    How did you do a binding-less quilt? Do you mean leaving the backing a little bigger then folding it over the front and stitching it down?

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    Youtube has some really great tutorials on binding. I would look them up and find one that you think would work for you! Good luck!!!!

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    I always trim it down before adding the binding. I sew the binding to the right side of the top, turn it over and stich by hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cande
    How did you do a binding-less quilt? Do you mean leaving the backing a little bigger then folding it over the front and stitching it down?
    I actually did it a lot like a pillowcase. I sewed it all together with the exception of one half of one side, turned it rightside-out, stuffed it with the batting, and then handstitched it closed. I had a friend who told me to do it this way but it was such a pain with the batting. I'm learning from the school of hard knocks! ;) lol

    I've been watching youtube now for a while. Good stuff! I think I might have an idea of where to go from here. I'll need to get more fabric though! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahoma Suzie
    I always trim it down before adding the binding. I sew the binding to the right side of the top, turn it over and stich by hand.
    That's what I do also! :D

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    It's easier if you put the batting in at the same time. Put the back and top right sides together. Lay the batting on it and sew around except for the opening to turn. And welcome to the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting
    It's easier if you put the batting in at the same time. Put the back and top right sides together. Lay the batting on it and sew around except for the opening to turn. And welcome to the board.
    Thanks!

    Yeah I learned that after trying it her way the first time. It looks like adding the binding will be pretty easy even with it trimmed. *whew* I was worried I 'd ruined the whole thing. LOL

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    Oh, I understand now! That's like I did witht he very first quilt I ever made, except I sandwiched the batting in like Lisa recommends. My Mother had made beautiful star blocks then got macular degeneration and couldn't see well enough to finish it and I'd never quilted before, I was a bundle of nerves, let me tell you! After I got it turned, I discovered that the back was a little bigger than the front so I just pulled it taut, and sewed so it looked like it had a border. It turned out really well! I'll post a pic over in the picture forum.

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    I always wait until the binding is sewn to the front before trimming, and always use 2 /1/2 in and iron it in ha;f. then use a blind stitch to hand sew it on the back.

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    go to eleanor burns website click on television and videos go to binding video best one i ever saw.

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    Let us know if you need any more help with this, ok? :D:D:D

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    you can cheat..go to the shop in the section where all the braids and ribbons are kept. Now how to describe this is the problem..you need it to be about an inch and a half wide and it is sold by the metre on rolls like ribbon. It is woven and I used it on a quilt as you go rag quilt for a baby and it worked brilliantly. Basically all you do is place it face up and sew along the edge and then fold over edge of the quilt and do the same on the other side.

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