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Instead of binding--turning in the raw edges?

Old 01-14-2018, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by judykay View Post
I often make my backing much larger than my top and trim back when finished hand quilting. Depending on what size I want my binding I fold in half to the edge of the top then over the top to where ever I want it and stitch down . You can stitch in the ditch, decorative stitch or hand stitch. i hope this makes sense, easier to do than explain.
Oooh. Interesting idea. I'll try this too! Thanks!
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Old 01-14-2018, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Iwantasew View Post
My mother did this on some often washed utility quilts and they are still good. She passed away over 30 years ago. I've also used it and it works fine.
Wow. That's good enough for me!
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Old 01-14-2018, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by asabrinao View Post
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?
yes, i have. the first time i used it was on a 'quilt', more like a comforter actually, that i made for my son in early 90's. found a wonderful heavy decorater print of catscatscats! my son loved cats. had seen the fabric and wanted me to buy it for '"something mom, anything!" and it became a christmas surprise. i backed it w heavy flannel, cross hatch domestic machine quilted it, knife edge finish with a stitch line about 1/4" in with another line about 1/2" in. the backing & top were quite thick. so double stitched edge. he was preteen ..it survived his high school & college years, became beloved by his youngest toddler ..finally finished. i have made several quilts for each of my grdaughters using faux fur, flannal backings, flannel top, minky backing ..especially using faux fur and minky this makes best edge finish. i am a reader of the spruce site & enjoy her thoughts, projects & patterns, but i am the rogue quilter & since i first learned to quilt i have devised my own ways of doing ..if they work, i continue on; if they don't work ...i examine and try until i have proved to myself that it just wasn't a good idea. and my knife edge binding works ..survived a rowdy teen, and current quilts are still useable & attractive favorites of my wild and crazy grand treasures.
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Old 01-14-2018, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by onemoe View Post
would this be like finishing a birthing hole?
yes ..exactly
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:18 PM
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I have always known this as a knife edge finish. A nice simple way to get the edge done.
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:24 PM
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Birthing or pillow casing is different that turning the edges under, although you can close the opening in a birthed quilt with a knife edge.

The knife edge is done all the way around the quilt. Tuck the edges under and use either a whip stitch or railroad stitch to close the entire quilt edge.
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by onemoe View Post
would this be like finishing a birthing hole?
That's exactly what it looks like. We try to not let the stitches show.
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:40 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.
Knife edge is the term to use here. We finished a Grandmothers Flower Garden for a woman who had MS and was unable to complete it. One of our club members did the knife edge binding and it was beautiful.
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:01 PM
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We teach our students how to do this, ages 7-8 through 15 or 16 years old. They do not have a problem doing it. A very quick way to bind a quilt. But the fabric is only 1 layer thick so remember that it will wear out sooner than the quilt. Then you can rebind with a double fold if needed.
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...another note to all ...this makes a heavy secure edging for quilt that holds up very very well to washing & use[/QUOTE]

roguequilter::
Thanks for that last statement: I was wondering about the strength of the edge holding up to wear. I had learned that the reason to do double fold binding is to keep it strong over the ages.
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