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Old 02-05-2011, 03:36 PM
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I am doing binding on my quilt. There is enough of the backing fabric that I can just fold it over on all sides and hand sew it for the binding. My mother just called me and asked what I was doing and I told her that I was doing the binding on my quilt. And she proceeded to say "How are you doing it? You cheating and just folding it over or did you make real binding for it?" in just her normal mean voice she uses with me whenever she talks to me. I told her I just folded it over, no need to waste the fabric when its already there. And I can't afford to buy the extra fabric. So I use what I am able to use. I see no problem with this but she sure does and definitely makes me will aware of that fact.
When I make a quilt, I complete the whole thing before I go onto the next one. I do have a few quilt tops, mostly lap quilts that I have not gotten the backing on. Now she has probably a hundred if not more Tops that will never get done as she only likes to make the tops. But yet she complains and tells me how to do my quilts. Most of the time I can remind myself to just "rise above it" and "this too shall pass" attitude, but this time it seems to have really upset me. Because not only did she say that she also told me that I was wasting all my time making quilts since I don't have the money to get them machine quilted. I tie all of them, but one day, I am going to be able to get one machine quilted. I don't think I am wasting my time not at all. I enjoy making them even though I am not very good at it, but I am learning maybe slowly but I am learning. Okay...that said..."this too shall pass" finally kicked in and now I'm waiting for "Rise above it". Maybe if I fix me a cup of hot tea that will help. LOL :) Thanks for letting me vent.
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:38 PM
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That's one of the 3 ways I know to finish the quilt - perfectly legit.
You're not wasting your time at all. Tying quilts is an old, old custom.
You know - there are some people, even those related to us, that are just nags. If she's always carping and critical think how miserable she is. Just be happy yourself.
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:39 PM
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It was traditional to turn the back to the front for binding so as to not waste fabric. My Amish quilting friend does it. It can be done very nicely, mitering the corners.
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done all the time.
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:40 PM
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No it is not cheating this is how they used to do it long ago. It is hard to listen to our moms tell us their own opinions when we know they are not right. Please don't listen to her you have some amazing quilts and there is no right or wrong way to make them.
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Lots of people use the fold over method.
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:40 PM
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Yes it's cheating but I've done it many times! :lol: I like to use a decorate stitch on the front rather than stitching it down by hand because it secures all the edges together. Go for it!
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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. :!:
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It's your quilt and you do it anyway you want. I have a friend that watches her caller ID and if it's mom she doesn't answer if she is not up to it at the time. My mother and grandmother use the bottom for the binding for all the quilts they did. It is a real binding:) I love to tie my quilts also. I think the best quilt is the one done and keeping someone warm:)
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stop by and 'breath' any time...don't take it personal...the way you are doing it is an ok method, especially for utility quilts that are being used and loved. there's no reason to cut it off then try to come up with fabric for the binding when the fabric is right there. look forward to your next project, you are finishing another one and that all in it's own is A WONDERFUL THING!
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