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    This is how we are doing our quilts for the hospital..it works and it is easier for students and why waste fabric as you say, and as hard as it is, try not to waste precious moments in life getting upset over your mother...she does not seem happy..you are enjoying what you are doing...you go girl! I would much rather enjoy a "not so perfect" quilt that have it sit there as an unfinished top...
    maybe you should have her read some of these posts and she may realize how thoughtless unecessary comments can hurt one's feelings...

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    my dear mother used to tell us the following.
    Never miss an opportunity to make someone happy,even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.

    sometimes it works.......jacie

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    This is NOT cheating! I actually have a Quilting book that uses that method as one way to bind. Good for you for being resourceful! Your mother is reminds me of mine. Don't let her bring you down! GOOD JOB! =)

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    That is one of the ways that I sometimes finish a quilt. I know a lady who always puts right sides together and sews all around the quilt, leaving a small section to pull the quilt through when she has finished. She then finishes it off with an invisible seam in that section and does some straight stitching to adhere the backing to the quilt. All of her main quilting is done on the top and the batting, so you can't see if there were stray threads at the back when she quilted it after it is encased in the backing fabric. Her quilts look perfectly fine.

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    It's not cheating many people use that method. I don't think she is aware of it. I break the quilting rules all the time and the quilting police never show up. LOL It's your quilt do what makes you happy.

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    Just say "Yes Mom, I'm sure you're right" and then do it the way you want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isnthatodd
    I have done a lot that way. When I need to get one done in a hurry, it works for me. And I consider every one of them a quilt. :!:
    :thumbup: :thumbup: ditto :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Our mothers can be our worst critics...I think that can be how we become our own worst...

    Most of the quilts found in my grandmother's chest after her death were bound by folding over the backing and hand stitching around. What am I saying, all of her quilts were hand stitched, they didn't get a sewing machine in the house until after uncle joined CCC and sent back money especially for the purpose of buying my mother (his sister) a sewing machine.

    I didn't start seeing these little bias strips as binding until relatively recently so folding over (and tying for quilting, as my mother did) is a very old, legitimate technique.

    Best wishes in your continuing journey to learn all the ways of quilting! ;-)

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    Most of us today can afford blankets for our beds so quilting today is basically a hobby or a service to the less fortunate if we do them for charity, or a labor of love for our families and friends. Therefore this should be a fun endeavor and like people who paint dizzy pictures that may not appeal to some, it should be satisfying to the maker and enjoyed by those who receive the product of your work. If your mom doesn't appreciate your work, give it to someone who does. Enjoy every project and think about the person who will think of you every time they see it and snuggle under it. Her opinion is not the final one. She is not the quilt police. You are entitled as an artist to do whatever pleases you. So be nice to her but do your own thing. That's how you grow in the world of quilting. And come here often for encouragement and the oohs and aahs of your fellow quilters. Toss your hair back and quilt on!

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    I was told more than once...

    It's your quilt so whatever you want to do with it, is RIGHT......

    So sew to your heart's content and enjoy doing it.

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    It's your quilt and you should do it the way you want. That's the only way I do my quilts and I like.

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    Eh, there are lots of purists out there who have their idea of what's "right" and what's not. Really quilting is an artform, and there is no right or wrong. There are still hand quilters out there who look down on machine quilters - and how many of us hand piece and hand quilt our quilts these days? Some do but the majority of us indulge in our machines, and without guilt!

    There are lots of ways to bind a quilt, and turning the backing fabric over to the front is just another method. Nothing wrong with that at all, and hey, maybe Mom didn't mean it to sound as harsh as it did. We all say things sometimes without realizing how it might affect others around us, especially those close to us because we tend to let down our guard and be less careful about what we say because we are so comfortable. I bet if she knew the feelings it brought up in you she would have taken it back.

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    I like this

    [AlienQuilter: quote=...... you get to decide what method you want. And opinions are like hineys - everyone's got one![/quote]

    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    It's not cheating, it's getting the job done!!
    I do a double-fold separate binding myself because I have better luck getting a quilt straight if I trim off the edges first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lclang
    Most of us today can afford blankets for our beds so quilting today is basically a hobby or a service to the less fortunate if we do them for charity, or a labor of love for our families and friends. Therefore this should be a fun endeavor and like people who paint dizzy pictures that may not appeal to some, it should be satisfying to the maker and enjoyed by those who receive the product of your work. If your mom doesn't appreciate your work, give it to someone who does. Enjoy every project and think about the person who will think of you every time they see it and snuggle under it. Her opinion is not the final one. She is not the quilt police. You are entitled as an artist to do whatever pleases you. So be nice to her but do your own thing. That's how you grow in the world of quilting. And come here often for encouragement and the oohs and aahs of your fellow quilters. Toss your hair back and quilt on!
    Amen!

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    I have never done it that way or thought of being able to do it, but it is a great idea! I will have to try it. Don't listen to your mom, like someone said, "She is miserable" and wants people around her to be miserable also. Get above it and enjoy your quilt making. I have tied some quilts and they are just so cozy looking. You should try stitch in the ditch on your machine, it is not hard. Enjoy your quilting you are doing a good job and are a very good person and don't let anyone tell you different.

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    It is definitely not cheating. It is a completely acceptable way to bind any quilt project. The only time I don't do it is if I want to change the color/fabric of the binding. On the Downey Quilts for Kids, they suggest this method to alleviate one more area that can get caught on equipment or frayed by the laundry. Sorry to hear your mom has a "mean voice" you are so familiar with. Bad mommy!

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    {Deanna},

    Without speaking to your Mom's problems I will tell you something. If you are putting love into your quilts, that love will come back to you. Don't let anyone make you feel bad about how you do what you do, because you are doing your best with what you have, and that is virtue.

    My church has a sewing day every month, and we "sew" comforters for "burn-outs"; people in a several-county wide area who have lost their homes in fires. We use pretty sheets for the fronts and backs, and batting in between. Then six or eight of us tie the comforters with yarn or floss, and another one folds under the edges of top and bottom and machine stitches around the edges.

    It's not "quilting". But guess what? We get a LOT more of them done, and the need is so great. The people at the local American Red Cross office do not criticize our work, or tell us that we are "cheating". They are so thankful. They tell us stories about the people who have received these comforters, and how much they mean to them. That's love.

    Prayers are coming your way (and Mom's too).

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    Hi to u I have done method--it work just find.
    I have learn binging now next is to learn now to do my own quilting

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    We are not sitting in little desks, waiting for a teacher to "grade" our efforts. No one will go to the principal's office if they don't do things the approved way. THere is no "cheating" in quilting. There are various methods, all of which work, and the method that best fits your project/time/money is the method you should use.

    My first quilt was tied and the backing was brought to the front for binding. Those are the kind of quilts I grew up with, and I have many fond memories of them. I still do the backing as binding thing once in awhile, and will probably tie another quilt or two, although it is no longer my preferred method.

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    Is your mom a quilt police. I think that very creative and it's your quilt your rule.

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    As far as I'm concerned, it's not cheating.

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    I wouldn't pay your mother any mind. Some people just cannot be happy for someone - because they for whatever reason are not happy themselves. Every method you are using to accomplish your quilts are one of several methods any one of us on here could employ to finish a quilt, all without machine sewing. If sewing/quilting makes you happy - and your methods are in line with working with what you have for the time being, and it makes you happy being able to complete the quilt - she has ZERO business telling you what you should and should not do.

    (IMHO) - Unless you are borrowing any sort of money from her to buy your supplies etc, or are starving any children you may have to support your quilting habit (which I'm sure isn't likely the case) you're a big girl that can do what she pleases with her income and quilt in whatsoever manner she sees fit. As for your mother - she has not a single iota of say in how you spend your personal income (whatever its source). Who made her the quilting police?!? Furthermore - If she herself has any experience quilting, and has personally owns a sewing machine, then perhaps she should be offerring you some time on her machine, or offering to do it for you. However, on the flip side - if she doesn't have any quilting/sewing experience, but is instead basing her opinions and regurgitating what she knows from reading a book/magazine/or simply buying or being gifted a quilt, then she doesn't need to contribute commentary on a subject she knows nothing about. Sorry, I don't pull any punches. ;)

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    Deanna,
    Please read the beautiful piece under your signature:
    There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE...Getting back up is LIVING...

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    It is perfectly ok to finish your quilt that way-that is how my grandmother taught me and I tend to like it-gives a more tailored look- unless the quilt calls for a fancier binding. Moms tend to get on our nerves-we just need to try to remember what bothered us so we do not turn around and do it to our own children one day. As we so often hear "there are no official quilt police, just self-proclaimed ones". Your quilt is your own work of art and you can finish anyway you wish1"

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