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Do I have to use a binding?

Old 08-12-2008, 09:13 PM
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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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Old 08-12-2008, 09:17 PM
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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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Old 08-12-2008, 09:20 PM
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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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Old 08-12-2008, 09:45 PM
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Sure hope to see pictures of it :wink:
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Old 08-12-2008, 10:46 PM
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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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Old 08-13-2008, 03:19 AM
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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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Old 08-13-2008, 03:27 AM
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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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Old 08-13-2008, 03:50 AM
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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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