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Instead of binding--turning in the raw edges?

Old 01-13-2018, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Teen View Post
This sounds like a beautiful way to finish a quilt. However; with a sandwiched quilt and machine quilting, you'd have to be careful to not quilt at the the very edge so it can be turned under....and then what do you do with the batting at the edge. I'm trying to visualize this.
...see my note #10 here ..i explain how i deal with the batt. and no, you plan your quilting to stop w/in and inch or so of edge. after edging finished you can add an additional line to make it more "finished" looking according to your preferences.

...another note to all ...this makes a heavy secure edging for quilt that holds up very very well to washing & use
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Old 01-13-2018, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
I believe what you are referring to is the "knife" edge way of finishing a quilt.
I had never heard this term before, but, yes, apparently this is what it's called! Thanks, Tartan!
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Old 01-13-2018, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by roguequilter View Post
...see my note #10 here ..i explain how i deal with the batt. and no, you plan your quilting to stop w/in and inch or so of edge. after edging finished you can add an additional line to make it more "finished" looking according to your preferences.

...another note to all ...this makes a heavy secure edging for quilt that holds up very very well to washing & use
Thanks, RogueQuilter. This helps a lot. And, yes, this Is a lovely book. I can't wait to try "knife edge finishing."

One more question, a quick Google search seems to suggest that some find this way of finishing to be Less durable. One blog I found (https://www.thespruce.com/sew-knife-...inding-2821319) specifically said to only use this kind of finishing for wallhangings or small quilts. Have you really found this way of finishing to be as durable as traditional binding?

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Old 01-13-2018, 01:57 PM
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I did it with 2 baby quilts that I embroidered and started to do it on a GFG and decided it was just too time consuming.
The main reason I did them was I was just learning to quilt and wanted them to be 100% hand sewn.
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It makes a lot of sense as binding called for more fabric.
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Old 01-13-2018, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by roguequilter View Post
...see my note #10 here ..i explain how i deal with the batt. and no, you plan your quilting to stop w/in and inch or so of edge. after edging finished you can add an additional line to make it more "finished" looking according to your preferences.

...another note to all ...this makes a heavy secure edging for quilt that holds up very very well to washing & use
thank you! This makes more sense to me.
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Old 01-13-2018, 05:31 PM
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I would prefer to just binding all the quilts I make.
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:36 PM
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I have done this. The first time because I did not have any binding material and I wanted to finish up. I hand quilt so, it made no difference in time. It came out good. I have finished a few more that way.
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Old 01-14-2018, 04:36 AM
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A number of years ago I had several embroidered quilt kits from Hershnerrs and this is the method those kits recommended for finishing. This finish does not detract from the stitchery but takes more time than using binding fabric--my opinion.
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Old 01-14-2018, 06:00 AM
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Originally Posted by asabrinao View Post
I recently found a book on French quiltmaking at a used bookstore. The book, which is not particularly old (copyright 1996), is mostly historical and informational. However, there are three projects at the end of the book to give one an opportunity to try classic styles from Provence. I found it so interesting that none of the three projects end with a binding. Instead, the directions say to "turn in the raw edges by 1/2" and finish with a line of running stitches just at the edge of the folds."

Why have I not heard of finishing quilts in this way before?

The three projects vary in size--(68" x 61"; 19" x 18"; and 91" square) and all are meant to be used and laundered.

Bindings are my least favorite part of the quilting process, so this alternative intrigues me. I plan on trying this out with a small sample, just to see how it looks and launders. But, I'm wondering if there are any folks out there who do this regularly. Do you like the way it looks? Does it hold up well? I'd never heard of finishing the edges of a quilt this way and I'm wondering if I've found a way around doing those pesky bindings.

The book, by the way, is called Quilts of Provence: The Art and Craft of French Quiltmaking by Kathryn Berenson. It's a lovely introduction to French quilts--lots of historical information and great pictures.
You can do this, but most quilts will fray at the binding first. It is recommended that a bias double fold binding is used for binding durability.
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