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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I'm new here too and I have learned a lot from these talented posters. One thing I didn't know to do for a long time is if I had more than one border to put on a quilt, sew the borders together first. This way you only have to wrestle the whole quilt top one time in the machine to get the borders sewn on.
    Why didn't I think of that!!! I'll be passing that tip on to my quilt buddies...

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    Hi Everyone
    In case some of you missed my last post it didn't work out because I used the wrong "B" word. I wanted to say binding, not boarder. I'm not putting a boarder on this. I need it to be roughly 50x60. I wanted to put a 2 1/2" binding on the quilt and made a mistake by cutting the fabric at 2 1/2". I should have cut it 4 1/2". Fabric store is 1 1/2 hours away. Not worth running to Vegas just for that, and my next trip won't be until sometime in April :( I'll just have to figure something else out until then. If I can't find the print I'll just have to use a solid. Don't want this to go to waste just because I can't get the print. Thanks all for your help.

    Kris

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    Kris 4 1/2 in is a pretty wide binding. If you cut 2 1/2in, double it and sew it on 1/4in on top of quilt then flip and blind stitch it to the back you'll have a regular size quilt binding of 1/2' which I think is pretty normal. Most of the patterns I've used say cut 2 1/2 Some people like the binding a little fluffier and cut the binding strip 3". or 3 1/2 but I would think 4 1/2 would give you an awfully large binding. What you could do with the 2 1/2 if you don't think it is big enough for your binding is just make it a border around your quilt. Have you started quilting it yet? If not it may take you a while to do it. And by then you may have made a trip to a quilt shop.

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    Top is already done. I always thought the binding was 4" wide I must be confused. But I still don't have enough to do the binding. I messed up on a few strips with the ruler slipping so I used more fabric then I had planned to. I even bought more then I should have. Being a newbie I know I will make mistakes. Guess I just need to buy even more fabric. What a bummer :lol:

    Kris

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    That is why all of us have such large stashes of fabric. We've been there. Believe me. I made a quilt for my sister last year and honestly had a piece of fabric about 4X6 left and I had to piece my border several times. I've been at this for years and the seam ripper is my best friend. I think I enjoy making throws so much because there isn't a normal size, it's what it is. When you make one for a bed it has to be in a close neighborhood to the size of the bed.

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    Hi. I'm sending you some good advice here: when you go to the store (in April?) get some Invisigrip to stick onto the bottoms of all your cutting rulers and templates. The @$%&)*(&^% acrylic and/or metal rulers and templates slip all the time if you do not have some non-slip stuff stuck onto their bottoms; even the ones that are "designed not to slip" DO slip. When you are cutting anything and especially a narrow strip of fabric, it is infuriating when the ruler slips. You can almost secure a wide ruler or template with your other hand and arm, but a narrow ruler is impossible to control properly without "gripper" on the bottom. I used to have the little vinyl circles stuck onto the bottoms of my rulers and templates but they are too fat and allow the rotary cutter to get underneath the ruler, causing more crooked cutting! So, I pulled off all the vinyl bumps and replaced them with Invisigrip. It's not inexpensive, so if you can use coupons or get it on sale would be good.

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    Cut the binding strip you have into about 16 inch lengths, sew two lengths together to get a 3 3/4 inch wide strip. Use another fabric cut 3 3/4 inch wide and alternate the strips, sewing them into the length you need for the binding. You'll have a nice looking binding and no one will ever know you didn't plan it that way.
    The way I measure binding width is double how wide I want the binding to be on the quilt and add 1/4 inch. I press it half longways and sew the raw ends to the quilt, turn and hand sew the folded end to the other side. Happy quilting. :-)

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    Kris:
    Ok still no worries as long as you have enough length to do around the whole quilt then this measurement should work. I always cut my QUILT BINDING (is this the right B word??? :wink:) at 2 1/2 inches and I do what is called a double fold or french binding. That is where once you piece the lengths together you fold the binding in half and sew that to the quilt. YouTube has some great videos on how to make a double fold binding and how to attach a binding to a quilt. I am dyslexic and always have a problem joining the double fold binding together to finish off the quilt. The videos helped alot.
    Don't stress, have fun! :D

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    Welcome from Florida.

    You've come to the right place to ask questions, these quilters are great!

    Put your border on then batting and backing.

    Have fun with it. Learning is an adventure. :D

    simple quilter :) :D

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    Hi Dingle and welcome.

    I don't know if anyone has suggested this but I have done it a few times and it always turns out great. Make a pieced binding with the fabric you have left. I had 12x2.5 strips left over and sewed these strips together on the diagonal, pressed the seams to one side, folded it in half lengthwise, sewed it to the front of my quilt then turned it to the back and hand stitched it down. Turned out wonderful and I didn't have to go out and buy more fabric. Good luck with whatever you choose to do.
    Grammie2twins

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    Well I guess I better make me a list of things I need next time I go to town. This is what I already have. Cutting mat, rotary cutter, different sizes of quilting pins, 3 rulers, replacement needles for my machine, lots of neutral thread, extra clear bobbins, seam ripper and a good pair of scissors. What else am I needing? Remember I am new at this so I can't just jump into a quilt that takes alot of piecing. I think I might get frustrated with that and just quit. I need to stay simple until I really get the hang of this.

    Also, what works best when putting the quilt all together? Pins, basting gun, basting pins or???

    Thanks all of you for your help. I think I may really enjoy doing this!

    Kris

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    One suggestion - check your top for squareness before putting on the border. Measure at the top, middle, and bottom, then adjust so they are the same.

    Check the top in a couple places also - it will save a lot of adjusting later on.

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    Re: What else do you need?? Extra rotary blades for one thing. I have a suggestion for you. Look through catalogs ... ones you get in the mail or go on-line to all the places that sell quilting notions. You might get ideas of your needs from seeing what is available. There should be a detailed description of the purpose of each item. I must confess that I have bought a lot of things over the years that I have yet to use and a few things that I've tried but don't like.

    Your other question about how to secure your quilt sandwich ... the answer somewhat depends on what sort of area you have available in which to lay out the layers and put them together. A lot of people put their layers on the floor and work on their hands and knees -- in that case, I think kneepads would be helpful. I have a 1/2-inch thick sheet of plywood quite high up on sawhorses so I don't have to bend over far. I'm able to smooth and pull the 3 layers taut, clip them to the plywood and then pin them together with quilter's safety pins. It works exactly right for me, but there's a lot of different ways to go.

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    Hi and welcome,
    I know exactly how you are feeling. I'm newer to quilting and still making mistakes. Also rural and on my own. Everyone here has great ideas. You will be so happy you found us. Your border goes on next. There is a lady in the quilt world named Jean Brown that tells us to put the binding on before you sandwich the quilt with batting and backing. It sounds wrong, but makes sense. The edges of the quilt top will not frey with the binding attached. Then, it is an easy finish when your done with the quilting process. I have not done that yet, but will on my next quilt. As for the oops on the binding size. If you are using 1/4 inch seems, it should have worked. If not, then don't let it get the best of you. The borders are for framing the quilt and no one is going to get a tape measure and double check your work. Bottom line is that each quilt made is a reflection of the person who made it. Not one of them are perfect so go easy on yourself. You said that all of your seems matched up, and I think that is a larger hurdle than the borders. Lay the quilt out on the bed and look at it from the doorway. Can you tell that the border is not exactly 2". It doesn't matter that is is not. Unless you give someone the pattern, they will never know. I think you are doing fine. And yes, we love pictures here, so when it is finished, please post some. :D

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    I just wanted to say how glad I am I found this forum - you're all so helpful and I've already learnt loads!

    With regards to binding, I always use the double method too; much easier to hem the folded edge on the back and I read somewhere that on ancient quilts it's always the binding thqt's the most worn out, so it makes good sense to make it strong! I'm sure all our works are the heirlooms of the future, so we should make them to last!

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    I see you have been given your answer. the rail fence is a pretty pattern. Glad you found us Welcome from Alabama. Happy quilting

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I'm new here too and I have learned a lot from these talented posters. One thing I didn't know to do for a long time is if I had more than one border to put on a quilt, sew the borders together first. This way you only have to wrestle the whole quilt top one time in the machine to get the borders sewn on.
    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{BOOIINNNGGG}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} I didn't know that!!?!! :oops:

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