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    I have to piece some fabric together to have enough binding to go around my quilt. In piecing together, do you piece it on the diagonal or just straight . Information will be greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeterthanwine
    I have to piece some fabric together to have enough binding to go around my quilt. In piecing together, do you piece it on the diagonal or just straight . Information will be greatly appreciated.
    I always do the diagonal because it is more aesthetically pleasing. Also, if you want to enter it in a show the quilt it will do much better this way.

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    For bindings I always do it on the diagonal ... less bulky when you get to the seam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat
    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeterthanwine
    I have to piece some fabric together to have enough binding to go around my quilt. In piecing together, do you piece it on the diagonal or just straight . Information will be greatly appreciated.
    I always do the diagonal because it is more aesthetically pleasing. Also, if you want to enter it in a show the quilt it will do much better this way.

    ali
    piecing it on the diagonal creates less bulk on the binding as well - otherwise you have a seam front/to back on the binding in the same spot and it causes a "lump" (learned from piecing a flannel binding without doing it on the diagonal! :? )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeterthanwine
    I have to piece some fabric together to have enough binding to go around my quilt. In piecing together, do you piece it on the diagonal or just straight . Information will be greatly appreciated.
    If I am using the same material to make enough binding to go all around the quilt, I piece it on the diagonal.

    However, I have also made pieced bindings with all of the fabrics that are in the quilt. When making this type of pieced binding, I piece them straight.

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    I do the same as Bluphrog!

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    Diagonal for me, less bulk if the seam is distributed diagonally instead of straight across from top to back. I just like it better but I think its whatever you like and works for you.

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    I always piece bindings on the diagonal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnieKat
    For bindings I always do it on the diagonal ... less bulky when you get to the seam.
    Exactly what I would say. If you are using "thinner" cotton, it might be OK to do a straight seam. Usually I do a diagonal seam, though.

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    Speaking from experience-piece it on the diagonal unless you don't have enough fabric.
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    I do it on the diagonal because when I didn't know how to do it the board said to do it on the diagonal.

    I just do what the board tells me and it works every time. When the board has differing opinions, I do it the way that looks easiest.

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    I always piece on the diagonal. I think it looks nicer.

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    Always diagonal piecing for my binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnieKat
    For bindings I always do it on the diagonal ... less bulky when you get to the seam.
    same here

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnieKat
    For bindings I always do it on the diagonal ... less bulky when you get to the seam.
    Ditto :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I do diagonal binding, just because I like the look better.

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    It depends on the look I want for individual projects. If it's on a large quilt, I usually do double fold binding, pieced and joined on the diagonal. If I want to use all the pieces from a scrap quilt, I do it with straight seams to mimic the piecing in the quilt. I press the seam allowances open to reduce the bulk. I reduce the seam allowance a smidge over the joins because the joins are a little more difficule to fold to the back(you need a smidge more fabric to fold over) I also have used straight joins on small pieces like a mug rug because there isn't enough room to do a bias join with double fold binding. Do whatever join you want for the "look" you are going for. The only time it might concern me is if it was going into competition.

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    This quilt will never, ever be going into any kind of quilt show. I'm not nearly good enough for that sort of display. I think I will do the diagonal as most of you have suggested. Thank you all for all the good info. on this subject. Everyone on this board is so helpful and willing to share their thoughts. Thanks again.

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