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Thread: Do I have to use a binding?

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    Or can I just sandwich it inside out, stitch three edges, turn it right side out and blind stitch the last edge? I'm trying to save some time..Or will that look stupid?

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    Sure you can do it like that, but I wouldnt leave the entire last side undone., just leave an opening big enough to turn the quilt back through. When done like this they are usually tied, but I think some have quilted them this way too.

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    It feels like cheating..lol..But This quilt has to be done in the next 3 days..So I'm trying to shave some time off..Plus I've never done the binding before..My hubby is loving it already and the top is not quite together yet..Close though

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    Sure hope to see pictures of it :wink:

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    Once you turn the sandwich & close it, if you stitch all the way around, about 1/2" to 3/8" from the edge, it will look similar to binding. A faux binding! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by zyxquilts
    Once you turn the sandwich & close it, if you stitch all the way around, about 1/2" to 3/8" from the edge, it will look similar to binding. A faux binding! :D

    I done several just the same way.

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    You can also leave 1-2inches of the backing extended and turn the back to the front and machine stitch down. I have done that in the past. M

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    The no-binding method is called "birthing a quilt" and, to my way of thinking, if a technique has a name, it isn't cheating! Here is just one of many sites with instructions. http://www.fabriclandwest.com/quilte...hing_quilt.htm

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    I've seen them with ruffles around it and boy was it nice.

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    Last year at the wings falls quilt show they had a display of old quilts, and some of them were finished this way...others appeared to be turned under and sewn

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    sure go for it.

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    There is one disadvantage to a quilt finished with a seam on the outer edge. The edge gets the most wear and tear, so a bound quilt with two layers of fabric on the outer edge will hold up better for frequent use and washing. My quilt guild makes charity quilts that are expected to get lots of use and washing, and we finish them by cutting the batting and backing (after we tie them) about 2 inches bigger than the top. Then we turn then under twice to make a narrow frame on the top of the quilt and machine stitch the "binding" in place. If you are using a thick batting, you will probably want to cut it even with the top and just have two layers of the backing fabric on the outer edge.
    Tying (we use perle cotton) and finishing a quilt this way is a good way to finish up some of those UFO's sitting in the closet. UFO? Unfinished Fabric Object. They tend to breed when left in the dark ; )

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    I was just at a quilt meeting this week where the speaker said you can do just that!!!! Go for it!


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