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    Smile When do you put binding on?

    I know this is a dumb question but when do you put the binding on? Before you quilt, after quilting is done, or does it matter? I have done both but never knew which was right. Please let me know because i don't want to be busted by the Quilt Police.
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    Hi Sewflower, I have always put the binding on after quilting the sandwich and squaring the quilt. This is how I was taught at the classes I have taken, also what I have read in the various books I use for inspiration. Not to say that there are not other ways and I am sure others will let you know what they do.
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    I have always put it on last after the quilting. I wouldn't worry about the Quilt Police, though. I think it's a myth.

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    You should always put the binding on last. Quilting will "shrink" the top just a bit and make it a little smaller than the backing.

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    I've done both ... on the same quilt.

    Normally I quilt it first, that way I don't have to worry about running into the binding with my quilting stitches. When quilting near the side - I can just run the machine off the side and I don't have to worry about burrying or tying off those particular threads.

    That said, once binding was complete if I see an area that needs more quilting attention I don't hesitate to quilt some more on it.
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    I never knew anyone who put binding on before quilting. I've always done it as the last step. But to each his own.
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    If you are hand stitching the binding to the back after stitching it on the front....Don't trim away the excess batting and backing. Line the edge of the binding with your top and machine stitch it on. Then take it to your cutting table and trim leaving a little more than you think you need. When you roll the binding to the back to hand stitch, the binding should be nice and stuffed full of batting and fabric. Not so much it's hard to stitch just full. This is one thing a quilt judge will look for. Even if there are no quilt police the judges look for this for a reason. A full binding will wear less than one that is not full,
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    Quilt first, bind last.
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    It only matters if you think it matters! You say you've done it before. Did you get the same results as doing it after quilting? If so, who cares? Are you going to be showing your quilts in competitions? If not, throw away the rule book and make up your own rules .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Needle View Post
    If you are hand stitching the binding to the back after stitching it on the front....Don't trim away the excess batting and backing. Line the edge of the binding with your top and machine stitch it on. Then take it to your cutting table and trim leaving a little more than you think you need. When you roll the binding to the back to hand stitch, the binding should be nice and stuffed full of batting and fabric. Not so much it's hard to stitch just full. This is one thing a quilt judge will look for. Even if there are no quilt police the judges look for this for a reason. A full binding will wear less than one that is not full,
    Exactly what I was going to tell her! I lost points at a quilt show because my binding was not "full" enough. I don't trim away the backing or batting until after I stitch on the binding. I think it doesn't get those anoying little puckers in the back becaue it lays flatter with the extra fabric on.

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    It's the last thing I do. I always look forward to the binding and then it's on to another quilt!

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    I quilt first..ALWAYS. You will like your finished quilt better. After that its a personal preference. If I quilt it on the long arm, I often apply the binding on the top, then unload, then trim, then do the hand stitching on the back. I try to square up the corners as I go along, marking the squared edge if necessary as a guide. If I apply the binding on the quilt on my DSM, I trim first, then apply, then turn. I really rather do it on the long arm, but sometimes its just not feasible. (like on my show wallhanging I just finished...it was a 10 sided quilt. I decided to do the binding off the frame!)
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    The binding is the second to last thing I do on a finished quilt. The last thing I do is put on a label. As others have mentioned we are not the quilt police, do what works for you. Some people don't use binding at all when they do the pillowcase method and "birth" their quilts. That's when you sew the quilt top and back inside out with the batting and leave an opening to turn it right sides out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    I've done both ... on the same quilt.

    Normally I quilt it first, that way I don't have to worry about running into the binding with my quilting stitches. When quilting near the side - I can just run the machine off the side and I don't have to worry about burrying or tying off those particular threads.

    That said, once binding was complete if I see an area that needs more quilting attention I don't hesitate to quilt some more on it.
    I agree that you can quilt right up to the edges of your quilt and after you are all done quilting, put the binding on. Did you put the binding on both sides before you quilted? I don't know how you could do that and have the quilt come out right. But, like everyone says, there's more than one way to do it.
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    I guess I kind of go against the grain - it's probably my OCD tendencies. I think that some "rules" exist for good reason - following them gives you a nicer, longer-wearing finished product than other methods. Quilting can "un-square" a quilt and ruffle your borders. A bias-cut double binding can help you get those edges to lie flat and it will wear better than any other type. And gosh - I have enough trouble keeping the quilting away from the very edge of the quilt without having to worry about sewing into the binding, too.

    I think whether you're painting or sculpting or sewing or quilting, if you learn to do things the "right" way - the way that's proven to give you the finest results - then you will have the skills to make a high-quality product. As you work more with the different methods, you learn which ones work best for you and which rules you can safely dispense with and how to substitute your own methods.

    I wouldn't listen to the "quilt police" kind of hyper-critical "I'm-know-better-than-you-do" type of comments. But as with anything else in life, if people with a lot more experience than I have in some particular skill want to offer comments about what has worked best for them, I'm glad to listen and absorb their experience.

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    With small projects I sometimes bind first. But usually last so one can square it up fiest.

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