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    I use 2" bindings, folded in half and sewn by machine to the top and then handstitched to the back.

    It is much easier to sew the bindings to the to the top if you do NOT cut away the excess batting and backing! This allows the quilt to feed evenly through the machine on both feed dogs, instead of pulling away to the left of the machine. After you have the binding sewn on, you trim away the batting and the batting using the rotary cutter. It works nicely, because you measure and cut 1/4" from the seam you just sewed, and you have a perfect binding!

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    Thanks again for all of the help. I just finished binding a wall hanging to go with the quilt. By the time I got to the last side it looked pretty good. I think that I feel confident enough to bind the quilt. Hopefully I'll get the quilt bound this weekend. The wall hanging is just a smaller version of the quilt.

    Wall hanging for spare bedroom.
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    Very pretty! It is so bright and sunny, perfect for a snow filled day like today. :D
    ~Tiffany

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    ccbear~ what a great wall hanging! If the quilt looks that good..u did great!

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    it's beautiful CC. looks like you did a great job!

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    I make mine 2 3/4 inches. I machine sew to the top of the quilt and then hand stitch to the back so it doesn't show through to the front. I have mastered the mitered corners and the technique to meet the binding at the end. I was so proud of myself. If I told my non quilting friends how excited I was when I figured it out they would think I was crazy!!!

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    Thats how I do mine too, Nel. But I can't tell you the number of times I have made the final cut wrong when I come back round to join up again!
    I wish I would just learn it once and for all! I am no master yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    I use 2" bindings, folded in half and sewn by machine to the top and then handstitched to the back.

    It is much easier to sew the bindings to the to the top if you do NOT cut away the excess batting and backing! ...
    AHAH!!!!! That makes a LOT of sense. :P

    No wonder I never thought of it myself. :roll:

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    Cathe, at your Swedehearts, is the beautiful blue eyed girl your extraordinary granddaughter? Thanks for the tip on cutting the batting afterwards. Never thought of that!

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    What has helped me the most was Shelly Q's tip on how to handle the 2 ends of the binding when they meet up. I had tried lots of other tricks but hers worked the best. The last baby qult that I made looked mch nicer than any previous ones because there was not big lump where the ends met.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaRae
    Cathe, at your Swedehearts, is the beautiful blue eyed girl your extraordinary granddaughter? Thanks for the tip on cutting the batting afterwards. Never thought of that!
    No, that is a little girl from church who sometimes models for me. Isn't she cute??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Carnahan
    I have tried several experts methods. I sew mine in the ditch using a stiche in the ditch foot. It has a metal guide in the center that keeps you in the ditch.
    Also I use iron on thread, it holds the binding in place instead of pins that keep poking you.
    Also when you are sewing the binding on the front stop at 1/4 inch from the corner and turn your fabric at an angle and sew off at the point. This helps make the miter easier.
    i think i will try this, hope i understand it correctly! Is the iron on thread so that when you fold over, the fold sticks down after you iron it???

    thanks much. also didn't know there is such a thing as stitch in ditch foot.

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    She sure is. Extremely cute! But how about a picture of the granddaughter? Or did I miss it?

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    I seem to have missed ShellyQ's tip and can't find it. I'm guessing it's right there in front of me but.... Please help me.
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    It is called fusible thread, I found it at Joanns in the Viking sewing center.
    You need a hot iron, I use steam. It is better than having pins stick you when you are sewing in the ditch.
    The stiche in the ditch foot works very well since you have the metal bar guide right in the ditch, no wandering off.
























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    One thing I found out about the fusible thread (the not so fun way) is, if it is going to show anywhere it does have a shiny appearance, which I guess is suppose to be clear but you can see it somewhat. Sew you still want to make sure your stitches are not seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    ccbear~ what a great wall hanging! If the quilt looks that good..u did great!
    You need to repost your quilt pic on this thread so folks can see them together. You did a really nice job on both!!!

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    Here is the pic of the quilt top. I'll repost it again just as soon as I get the binding on which will hopefully be tomorrow or Monday.

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    ccbear,
    Your quilt is great! Nice job, nice colors, nice pattern!
    Jo

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    You dont stitch with fusible thread, it melts. I lay it on the stiche line then fold the binding over it and iron it on. Then you stitch in the ditch with regular thread on the front of the quilt.

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    Hey! What a good looking quilt! Now that looks very familiar. I believe we've used a lot of the same fabrics. I made my table runner for my mother-in-law and she would drool and beg for your quilt if she saw it. It matches her kitchen perfectly. :lol: I'll post a picture of what I made her below. I'm planning on quilting it next week and getting it to her for her birthday.
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    Rose, Well I did what the package said and put the fusible thread in the bobbin and stitched. It actually worked great except in a few areas where you could see the shiny glint. But I actually do mine the same way you do except I use steam a seam instead of fusible thread, and do my back binding with it and then do the front binding of my quilt by sewing same as you. Same thing but I wonder which is cheaper? Hmmmm But I did like putting the fusible thread in the bobbin because it actually saves you the step of doing the back binding. Just have to get better at it. :wink:

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    Tiffany, It is beautifulllllllllllll. Forget your mother in law and her birthday, send to me for mine. :lol:

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    O00000000h! I like that Tiffany. the center of interest is very effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisae
    I cut my binding strips 2 and a quarter inches. I then fold strip in half, with the raw edges matching. I do this because the binding is normally the first part of a quilt to show wear. I sew it on by machine, then hand sew it to the back. I like the way that looks best.
    I do the exact same thing, only I cut min around 2 1/2", sometimes 2 3/4" depending on thickness of the quilt. I have one long continuous piece and miter my corners.

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