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Thread: Can anybody help me with this tabletopper

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    Senior Member cinnya's Avatar
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    Can anybody help me with this tabletopper

    I made this for a friend and everything went well until I had to add the binding.
    I cannot figure out how to get the binding into the sharp corners. you can see how it ripples if I leave it in one piece, I cut the binding on one side just to see if it would lay straight.
    I don't have a pattern I can follow, just seen this runner in a picture.
    Needless to say I am so frustrated, I would like to make her another one, because I will not give this one to her.
    She doesn't know she is getting one, so I have time to make a new one, if I can get the binding right.
    Arghhhhh I meant to post that in the main forum...sorry
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    Last edited by cinnya; 02-19-2012 at 05:37 AM.
    Christina


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    Try steaming it into submission!
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    I tried that too, it still ripples. It just seems that there is too much fabric in the corners.
    Christina


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    Sorry, no picture on my end...

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    Did you cut the binding on the bias? Bias bindihg 'bends' much easier!
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    Is the binding bias or straight cut?

    If you bias cut the binding you'll have an easier time with the fold on the inside corner and you won't have to clip them like you did.

    Also, it looks like you machine stitched the front of the binding, I'm "guessing" you attempted to fold the binding and stitch both front and back at the same time?? Correct me if I'm wrong. But I think this is why you are getting the ripples because you are trying to hold both sides of the binding taught and sew at the same time - and stretching the quilt in the process.

    At a minimum you are going to have rip the binding off and make a new one, preferably a bias cut binding so you can turn those inside corners.

    Once you have the binding off take a look at the quilt to see if those edges are still rippled. If they are, you should probably block it to get it to lay straight again. I'll be honest, blocking something that shape isn't a chore I relish

    When you attach the new binding, sew it to the front first by machine, then fold it over to the back and by hand, whip stitch it to the back. I think with the number of corners you have this will be the easiest and most accurate method to bind.
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    Yup plenty of mistakes.Yes it did lay flat before adding the binding. No ,I didn't cut it on the bias. Sewed it on the back first and folded it to the front to sew it down by machine....tried to get it done today, before going to work.
    Thank you all for the help,my seamripper and I have a date this afternoon. I will follow your suggestions and redo this binding.................and it will be a LONG time before I make another one with all those angles
    Christina


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    What a pain..I hate taking seams apart! But it is sooooo beautiful it is worth all the trouble! I hope the next binding goes on easier and it changes your mind on doing more.

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    Oh Cinnya please don't let this discourage you from doing another one. This is how we learn, and get better as quiltersr (and in other parts of our lives). You've got a lovely table runner ... and once you try it with bias binding, machine stitch front, hand stitch the back, I think you'll be quite pleased. At the corners (inside and outside), be sure you fold them carefully and accurately ... that can make a huge difference between a square and flat corner or not. Good Luck!!
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    here's a great video by Marcia Baker of Alicia's Attic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VGNcDoI-R8
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    here's a great video by Marcia Baker of Alicia's Attic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VGNcDoI-R8
    Great Video!
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    My first thought was bias binding as well. Also check out Sharon Schambers binding the angels youtube video. I just used her technique and it is absolutely amazing.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE

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    Another possibility is to use facing instead of binding. This is really much easier and results in an edge that lays perfectly flat. The only drawback is that you don't have that strip of color that the binding makes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwPe_84GBfY

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    What a great video. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    here's a great video by Marcia Baker of Alicia's Attic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VGNcDoI-R8
    Thank you ,thank you ,thank you .What a great video. I am so exited, knowing I might be able to save this runner.
    I never even thought about the staystiching and clipping.
    I love this board and all you Ladies .Thank you again
    I will show it off when I get done, might not be for a couple off days.
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    Put it on your serger and do a 3 thread rolled edge.

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    That's a fantastic video about inside corners. Thanks for the link.
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    here's a great video by Marcia Baker of Alicia's Attic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VGNcDoI-R8
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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    Put it on your serger and do a 3 thread rolled edge.
    I don't have a serger..
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    here's a great video by Marcia Baker of Alicia's Attic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VGNcDoI-R8
    Excellent video .... explains the process fully and easy to follow.

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    I think I saw some you tube videos of how to do those corners. I remembered thinking it wouldn' be to hard after I'd watched it.

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    This is why I seldom bind table toppers. They have to lay flat and binding, even if it lays flat, causes a bump. I simply sew on the backing and turn it inside out. I do this by seaming the backing and cutting the seam to turn. This leaves the edges uniform and the seam is easily stitched back together. No one will see the back anyway.

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    Boy, it that a great video. I went to the web page and they have a ton of videos. Thank so much for sharing.
    I think I will still turn my table toppers but that's great info for quilts.

    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    here's a great video by Marcia Baker of Alicia's Attic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VGNcDoI-R8

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    here's a great video by Marcia Baker of Alicia's Attic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VGNcDoI-R8
    Great video.....you will definatly need to cut the binding on the bias for this application.

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