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    not your typical fold down edge binding

    Not sure if I am going to describe this correctly, but I saw a quilt that had binding where the corners didn't have the little fold. It looked like the finish I might find on napkins or placemats. So I have been doing all sorts of "googling" trying to word it correctly and have not found anything yet. Obviously I can't figure out how to do this, so am in need of some assistance. Thanking replies in advance.

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    Do you mean a serger? Did the quilt have a like threaded binding like you find on the edges of knit type material? If not, I can't help you figure this out. Good luck.

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    I'm not sure I'm understanding what you mean, so I went and checked out my napkins. They very clearly look folded over and mitered, but the edges of the fold are stitched down, which is how I do my bindings anyway. Is this what you mean?

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    I've seen binding done like you would finish a waistband on a skirt or a pair of pants, is that you were talking about?
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    Was the corner rounded? I have done that by stretching the bias binding, but trying to get the rounded corners the same size was a pain, it was on a square quilt that I made for a table topper for a round table
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    Is it a "knife edge" binding? Some of newer quilt designers like to have no binding on their quilts and instead fold in a 1/4 in on the top and 1/4 inch on the back and have the 2 folded edges meet to form a knife edge that they ladder stitch together. There is also some that like to do a "facing edge" where the binding strips are sewn to the front and the whole binding strip is hand stitched to the back. There is also a self binding technique that is on the Missouri quilt co. you tube videos on "self binding" a receiving blanket? Hope these give you some ideas to search for.

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    I think I saw that in one of the books I had - one sews sort of an L shape at the corner and then one does some clipping (I think)

    I think I tried it and I didn't do it very well - - - -

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    I might know what you are talking about, maybe! If it has the binding showing only on the front (or the back) of the quilt, and there is a mitered seam (no little fold) on the corner, then I have done many of them! It is sewn on in 4 seperate strips, stopping the stitching 1/4" from the corners, but leaving "tails" that extend over the corners by several inches. Then you fold the corner back and mark the binding on the proper angle and stitch. Turn the whole binding back over to the other side (I like to top stitch on the right side, not the back) and it hides the little corner mitered seam inside the seam, very neat and clean. Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by linda8450 View Post
    I might know what you are talking about, maybe! If it has the binding showing only on the front (or the back) of the quilt, and there is a mitered seam (no little fold) on the corner, then I have done many of them! It is sewn on in 4 seperate strips, stopping the stitching 1/4" from the corners, but leaving "tails" that extend over the corners by several inches. Then you fold the corner back and mark the binding on the proper angle and stitch. Turn the whole binding back over to the other side (I like to top stitch on the right side, not the back) and it hides the little corner mitered seam inside the seam, very neat and clean. Linda
    I think Ricky Tims binds his quilts this way.
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    Perhaps you are talking about how it looks when you attach the binding using a binder attachment on a serger?

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    I wonder if you're referring to a binding like this:

    http://www.pieceandquilt.com/2009/06...-tutorial.html

    The tutorial is for a receiving blanket but would work for a quilt as well. You could Google "self-binding quilt" to get more information.

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    This is the one I was thinking about. I haven't tried it but it looks like it would be a neat finish. Because it is a single layer of fabric, I don't think it would wear as well as a traditional folded binding on a regular quilt but would work well where there is less stress and wear on the edges (napkins, place-mats, small wall-hangings, etc.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Chay View Post
    I wonder if you're referring to a binding like this:a

    http://www.pieceandquilt.com/2009/06...-tutorial.html

    The tutorial is for a receiving blanket but would work for a quilt as well. You could Google "self-binding quilt" to get more information.

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    Are you talking about bringing the backing to the front and having mitered edges that you top stitch by Maxine? If so, that is the technique used with the Creative Grids Quick Trim Ruler.

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    I use a 'binding mitre' tool. You get sewn corners, not the folded one.

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    I guess I'm boring, but just do the same thing everyone else does.Stitch to the back, having ironed it in half, down the middle. Sometimes I stuff the binding though. I cut some felted type stuffing 1/4" wide and place it on the inside layer. It makes a nice, flat, yet full look. They lay down anyway and look flat.
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    Maybe you should try the "double mitered binding" . I am using it on a king size quilt. You have to finish each corner separately but it really makes a nice mitered corner. No little humps, bumps, seams in the corner to sew, etc. The instructions were on here (the quilt board) in February, I think. search for that topic. I think you will like this way to miter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbeaulieu View Post
    Not sure if I am going to describe this correctly, but I saw a quilt that had binding where the corners didn't have the little fold. It looked like the finish I might find on napkins or placemats. So I have been doing all sorts of "googling" trying to word it correctly and have not found anything yet. Obviously I can't figure out how to do this, so am in need of some assistance. Thanking replies in advance.
    Check double mitered binding on the Feb. 20, 2012 post from Mad Quilter. She or he had a PDF file and pictures.

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    I do know what you are talking about I've seen it also. I don't know what it's called ,but if I find it I
    will let you know.I think someone on Nancy Zieman's show did it.

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