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Old 06-25-2012, 04:43 PM
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Question how to trim quilts for binding

I am fairly new to quilting and have made 3 lap quilts for my bridesmaids as part of their gifts. I have got them all quilted together but have no idea how to trim them up for binding. Do I have to square them up? Do I just cut beside the topper? Please help! Thanks

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Old 06-25-2012, 04:53 PM
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Could you post a pic? I do square up the corners and even out the sides according to the borders. Trimming up the sides and making them straight gets the quilt ready for binding.
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:20 PM
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Squaring up a quilt top is always easier if you can see it being done. Here's a U-Tube video made just for beginning quilters: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPlo79fz6P0

And here's a wonderful Quilting Board Post on this very topic: <cite>www.quiltingboard.com/.../squaring-up-quilt-top-prior-binding-t937

Hope this is helpful. If you have more questions, please write back! We're here to help! If you do write, a photo of one of the quilt tops would be helpful.

Lucky bridesmaids, getting quilts for gifts! Wish I had been so lucky! Kudos to you for making the quilts, and Congratulations on your wedding. May your marriage be blessed with happiness and longevity.



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BTW, very cool gift for the bridesmaids. I am sure they will love it.
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you can trim a bit off if just a plain border near the edges. not if pieced blocks go out to the edge of course.
i usually trim 1/4 inch from the edge of the quilt top, leaving a bit of batting showing to fill the binding.
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:33 PM
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Squaring up a quilt top is always easier if you can see it being done. Here's a U-Tube video made just for beginning quilters: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPlo79fz6P0

And here's a wonderful Quilting Board Post on this very topic:<cite>
http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...ding-t937.html

Hope this is helpful. If you have more questions, please write back! We're here to help! If you do write, a photo of one of the quilt tops would be helpful.

Lucky bridesmaids, getting quilts for gifts! Wish I had been so lucky! Kudos to you for making the quilts, and Congratulations on your wedding. May your marriage be blessed with happiness and longevity.



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here is a pic of one of them. The white all around is the batting and backing that is showing. I'm still lost as to how to trim it all up.
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Oh, your quilt is soooo pretty. Lucky bridesmaids. Keep watching. Someone will help you.
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I am not a pro and my quilts are not perfect but I put the quilt on the floor. I place the cutting mat underneath the side and use the ruler to rotary cut to trim the edge. I try to cut straight lines. I don't enter contests so I am not concerned with it looking perfect. Your quilts are gorgeous.
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Love the quilt. Those will be a really nice bridesmaid gift.

I'll tell you how I square up my quilts. I have to disclose that I am not a porfessional quilter, I only quilt for fun, so here goes.

I trim the extra batting and backing off even with the top. Then I line up my quilt on my cutting mat and try to square it up with the lines on the mat. I use my 3.5" x 24" ruler, for the sides and top, and my 6.5" square, for the corners, with my rotary cutter to trim off the excess pieces that don't line up. I make it as simple as I can for me.

Have fun.
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