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    Do any of you use the "continuous bias binding" method when you make your binding? I have a binding that I want to cut on the bias because of the pattern design - I've seen this method used where you sew it into a tube and do a continuous cut.....any thoughts on this from anyone?

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    Try it on a piece of other fabric first to see if you like doing it. I like this method and when you attach it to the quilt use a walking foot. There is also a great method for finishing your binding so there is no fold over and open seam. It is hard to discribe here. I found the insructions in Leisure Arts book
    'Quilters Complete Guide', by

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    Try it on a piece of other fabric first to see if you like doing it. I like this method and when you attach it to the quilt use a walking foot. There is also a great method for finishing your binding so there is no fold over and open seam. It is hard to discribe here. I found the insructions in Leisure Arts book
    'Quilters Complete Guide', by
    M. Fons & L. Porter
    It is a good tutorial book from A to Z. The finish binding info is on page 97 and continuous binding is on page 95. My other favorite book is by Rodale:
    'The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide'
    These two books have a welth of info in them and are worth the investment. They are teaching tools and I refer to them all the time. Good luck with the binding. Hope you can use this info!

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    To add to this question: how do you know how big to cut the fabric to make the tube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat and pups
    To add to this question: how do you know how big to cut the fabric to make the tube?
    To estimate size of square needed given the length of binding you want: add about 20 extra inches for corners and finishing. You will need a calculator that has a square root symbol. Most calcs have this.

    Length of bias X width of strip = area of strip
    Square root the number you get for the area of strip
    example: 450" long X 2" wide = 900"
    enter 900 on calc. and hit the square root symbol you will get the number 30. so a 30" square will give you 450" of 2" wide binding. hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laughingquilter
    Do any of you use the "continuous bias binding" method when you make your binding? I have a binding that I want to cut on the bias because of the pattern design - I've seen this method used where you sew it into a tube and do a continuous cut.....any thoughts on this from anyone?
    Go to the tutorial at the bottom of the page for how to bind quilts!

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    I uses this all the time. I save all all the leftovers for my scrap quilts.

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    I never use bias binding unless there are curves involved.
    I usually cut binding strips across the grain then join the strips with a diagonal seam.
    There is a wonderful video on quilterstv.com featuring Holice Turnbow who is a quilt judge. He cuts his binding across the grain unless he is doing binding for scallops. His video was very good--long but very informative.
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    I don't like the tube method of making continuous bias binding because of the frequency of seams in the binding. I prefer to cut my fabric into bias strips as long as I can make them, then piece them together. The leftover triangles from the fabric are large, so can be used in other projects.

    My favorite binding to date was a stripe that I cut on the bias. Planning to do this for some Christmas quilts in a red candy stripe.

    I use straight-grain binding on most quilts, but bias binding when I want that candy stripe effect (or have curved edges on the quilt).

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    This is also my favorite way to make binding because it goes together so quickly. I have laminated directions from Fons and Porter called "Quilters "Need-To-Know" card. I have had it a long time. It has lots of info on both sides and one of the sections contains the steps for making the continuous binding. I have to pull it out all the time for the measurements.

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    I have a chart in my hand as I write this that tells the size of square to produce various widths of binding.
    What size is your quilt? I will give you the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltin chris
    I never use bias binding unless there are curves involved.
    I usually cut binding strips across the grain then join the strips with a diagonal seam.
    There is a wonderful video on quilterstv.com featuring Holice Turnbow who is a quilt judge. He cuts his binding across the grain unless he is doing binding for scallops. His video was very good--long but very informative.
    Chris
    I concur....really no reason at all to use bias binding unless you have curves.

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    I cut on the bias. I tried the tube and it didn't work out like I had hoped.

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    I use continuous quite often. I have a chart that tells me how much fabric to use. I also have the Simpliticty bias tape maker that I love. I've been making my own bias tape for years and was excited when the bias tape maker came out.

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    I like the method. Used to use it all the time, but now I cut it straight unless I am doing curves. I do join straight binding strips on the bias, as I prefer the look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallulah
    I like the method. Used to use it all the time, but now I cut it straight unless I am doing curves. I do join straight binding strips on the bias, as I prefer the look.
    Me too!

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