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    What size of binding do you usually put on a quilt? I've heard everything from 2" is the basic to whatever you like. I know the quilt police wouldn't approve, but what does everyone usually like? Also, straight or bias? Just curious.

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    I use 2 - 2 1/2 inch depending on how thick my bating is.
    I have always cut it on the straight grain and never had a problem with it.

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    2.5" on the grain, with 45 degree connections. I did one that was straight recently, and OMG it made it bulky in those sections. I didn't realize how much that angle helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
    2.5" on the grain, with 45 degree connections. I did one that was straight recently, and OMG it made it bulky in those sections. I didn't realize how much that angle helps!
    that is how i do it too. sometimes i use 2" if i want a thinner /smaller binding.
    i also press the seams open that are on an angle.

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    I use 2.5 and connect them at a 45 degree angle. It just seems to be a nice size for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I use 2.5 and connect them at a 45 degree angle. It just seems to be a nice size for me.
    Ditto.

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    I use anything from 2.5" to 3.5," with 3" being my usual.
    Strips are cut cross grain, just like any other strips I would use in my quilt. I fold down one corner into a point on each strip, press, and use the fold as my seam line when joining at a 45 degree angle. Baste first, to make sure the strips are lined up properly; then stitch & trim the seam. I start in the middle of a side, leaving a good 6" hanging loose. Stitch to within 1/4" of a corner, backtack & remove. Miter corner & begin again. When I get to the starting side, I leave plenty of room to manipulate my binding so I can line it up, mark with chalk, and again make that 45 degree seam. It's more important to baste this last bit than the initial diagonal seams. Then I flip to the other side and finish by hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
    2.5" on the grain, with 45 degree connections. I did one that was straight recently, and OMG it made it bulky in those sections. I didn't realize how much that angle helps!
    that happened to me, too. I will stick with the diagonal join from now on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
    2.5" on the grain, with 45 degree connections. I did one that was straight recently, and OMG it made it bulky in those sections. I didn't realize how much that angle helps!
    Me too, except I use 2 inch strips on the grain.

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    I use 2 1/4 with straight of grain

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    On small things,I use 2 to 2 and1/4,,,larger I go to 2 1/2.

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    Me, I use 2 1/8th.

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    I use 3" on the straight of the grain, this works great for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k9dancer
    I use anything from 2.5" to 3.5," with 3" being my usual.
    Strips are cut cross grain, just like any other strips I would use in my quilt. I fold down one corner into a point on each strip, press, and use the fold as my seam line when joining at a 45 degree angle. Baste first, to make sure the strips are lined up properly; then stitch & trim the seam. I start in the middle of a side, leaving a good 6" hanging loose. Stitch to within 1/4" of a corner, backtack & remove. Miter corner & begin again. When I get to the starting side, I leave plenty of room to manipulate my binding so I can line it up, mark with chalk, and again make that 45 degree seam. It's more important to baste this last bit than the initial diagonal seams. Then I flip to the other side and finish by hand.
    This is how I do it, but usually 2 1/4 or 2 1/2 width. I only use bias binding when I have curved border. Stopping distance from corner depends on how big of seam allowance you are using on binding. The wider the binding the more distance you need. If using 2 1/2 inch binding, I sew 3/8 inch from edge, so stop at 3/8" and turn corner. Otherwise when you turn binding to back, it is wider than front. Binding should be same width front and back, hand sewing on back should just cover machine threads. Binding should be completely filled with batting.

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    2.5 cut on the bias... and double fold. I love making my own bindings to coordinate with the quilt. I have enough scraps left over to make my own crazy quilt binding!

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    I use 2 1/2"
    Straight if I'm making my own
    I also buy readymade binding, and it's always on the bias

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    3" for me.

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    I cut mine 2,1/2" cross grain unless I want the look that bias would give and I sew it on with a 3/8" seam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    I use 2 1/4 with straight of grain
    I also use this size. Sometimes 2.5, but not often. Straight of grain always

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    2.5 bias with the 45* angle connecting. Works for me.

    Kyia

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    If I am using stripe or plaid fabric I always cut on the bias. It won't look right otherwise!

    Also if you're binding something that has a border cut in waves or in a circle you will need a bias as well.

    2.5" for all and I glue baste my 45* angles. More accurate and easier in the long run!

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    .This is my formula that I use:
    To calculate the width, decide what you want the finished width of the binding to be and then multiply that number by six and add 1/4 (the 1/4 accounts for the turn and height of your batting, adjust up or down for thick or thin batting).

    For example:
    1/2 (width of finished binding) X 6 = 3 + 1/4 = 3 1/4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie in CO
    I use 2 1/4 with straight of grain
    Me too with 45 degree connections.

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