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Thread: How Do You Make Bias Binding?

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    How Do You Make Bias Binding?

    I've searched, but cannot find an answer on the board. My apologies if I'm asking a dumb question

    I recently took a quilting class for a victorian table runner, but we did not get far enough to learn how to bind the darn thing. It has curves and inside angles.

    I'm assuming it needs to be bound with bias binding, but I do not understand the tutorials I've found online on how to make bias binding.

    I would greatly appreciate if you have any links or information.

    Thanks!!

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    This is the video that I used to learn how to make it. I have been converted to using only bias binding; I doubt that I will ever use straight of grain binding ever again. I just love how it hugs the quilt edges, straight and curved, and I NEVER get puckers and lumps like I do when I use straight of grain binding.

    http://www.ehow.com/video_4433309_cut-bias-binding.html
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    Use this ruler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gJN2dyYlIQ

    I have the ruler and it's the easiest to use, no thinking involved.
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    I love bias binding. I make mine in the round. Tutorial is here
    http://sandyquilts.blogspot.com/2009...-tutorial.html
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    Thank you all. I'll look at all of those links

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    This is my go to video for continuous bias binding. It's from McCalls Quilting and it even has written directions below the video. http://www.mccallsquilting.com/mccal...ontinuous_bias I use this method because I don't like sewing all those bias strips together. I think she gives a very good explanation on how to do continuous bias binding.
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    Is there a specific reason you need bias binding? It's lots easier to make straight grain binding if you don't need to go around curves. Very few quilts before 1920 had bias binding (indeed Barbara Brackman, the renowned quilt historian, says she has seen only one case of bias binding prior to 1900). There are those who believe that bias binding wears better. Personally I am not one of those. I've been making, using, and washing my quilts for 30 years and have had no binding failures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Is there a specific reason you need bias binding? It's lots easier to make straight grain binding if you don't need to go around curves. Very few quilts before 1920 had bias binding (indeed Barbara Brackman, the renowned quilt historian, says she has seen only one case of bias binding prior to 1900). There are those who believe that bias binding wears better. Personally I am not one of those. I've been making, using, and washing my quilts for 30 years and have had no binding failures.

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    In her original post, she states "I recently took a quilting class for a victorian table runner, but we did not get far enough to learn how to bind the darn thing. It has curves and inside angles."
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    In her original post, she states "I recently took a quilting class for a victorian table runner, but we did not get far enough to learn how to bind the darn thing. It has curves and inside angles."
    Well, gee whiz. I guess I'm blind, LOL!
    Oops, sorry!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Well, gee whiz. I guess I'm blind, LOL!
    Oops, sorry!!

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    I use the bias binding ruler demonstrated on the MSQC video. It is fantastic.

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    Sometimes when I want just a little bias binding I just use a yard of fabric and cut the strips on the the 45 or bias. I iron the fabric open and starch my fabric and use my large square with the 45 degree angle and draw the first line with my pencil on the wrong side of the fabric.
    I put the 45 line of the ruler on the straight raw edge of the fabric, the ruler will be pointing up onto the fabric on point. I then draw along the ruler edge as far as my square goes and extend that line with another ruler to the selvage edge. I now have the first bias line and I use that line to mark another line further up the thickness I want for my binding and so on. When I have enough binding lines drawn, I cut along the longest lines and sew the strips together (fewest joins).
    I do use the continuous bias binding technique if I am doing a whole quilt with scallops. If it is a really small project that needs bias binding.....I look for a men's neck tie that I can cut and use. Ties are made on the bias and you can get one of two pieces from a tie for binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    This is the video that I used to learn how to make it. I have been converted to using only bias binding; I doubt that I will ever use straight of grain binding ever again. I just love how it hugs the quilt edges, straight and curved, and I NEVER get puckers and lumps like I do when I use straight of grain binding.

    http://www.ehow.com/video_4433309_cut-bias-binding.html
    This is how I do mine. I was just informed this is not bias binding. She then proceeded to tell me a much more complicated way to do it. My eyes glazed over after the first sentence, so I missed most of her instructions. LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by true4uca View Post
    This is how I do mine. I was just informed this is not bias binding. She then proceeded to tell me a much more complicated way to do it. My eyes glazed over after the first sentence, so I missed most of her instructions. LOL.
    You don't need her instructions anyway! You already know how to make bias binding by watching this video!!!!
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    Yes. I'm doing a table runner with curves and angles that curve to the inside. Straight grain binding just isn't working on this one.

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    Thanks, all. I have it cut. Now to see if I can get it attached to the table runner! Wish me luck.

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