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Thread: Birth it or Bind it??

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    Birth it or Bind it??

    I finished this wall hanging, Sundial by Cheryl Phillips and I'm at a loss at to how to finish it.
    It measures 47" across. Is it too large to try "birthing it"? Will I get lots of lumps when quilting it? Any suggestions on how to do this method without lots of lumps?
    If I bind it, I'm not sure how to do all the small angles. Do you do them the same as corners when doing ordinary binding? Suggestions please!
    I could also finish it out as a square wall hanging and just sandiwich and quilt and bind but I really like the decagon shape and would like to keep that.
    Thanks so much for any help!
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    I have no idea on the quilting. It is beautiful!!!!!

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    that is beautiful~ I'm like Mighty I'm not sure but I would try and bind it the regular way?
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    It is beautiful! I don't like the look of the birthing method after I try to quilt it. I can never get my back smooth and end up with puckers. I would bind it. You can look at http://ankastreasures.wordpress.com for her tutorial on binding odd angles for some pointers.

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    Be proud of yourself. That's a beauty for sure. I'm with the other's - I would bind it. Good luck on all those turns tho.
    I love that pattern.
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    i would bind it, as well. it's really beautiful!
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    No to birthing - you'd never get those angles to lay right IMHO. What will you use for backing? Another option is to choose a backing that would make a good binding and bring the backing over to bind. You still have to fold all those angles and they're tricky - but it's possible. Here's an octagon that has the backing brought over:


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    (I know it's an octagon and not a hexagon, but the tute I used called it that and so did I.)
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    I would quilt it and then bind it. It is not hard to do the strange angles when binding. If you need help with figuring that out, let me know. You want it to be flat when completed, so birthing is risky

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    i too would quilt & bind it- those angles are not difficult- in fact easier than 90-degree corners. it is beautiful- & birthing it would (take away) from that (in my opinion)
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    Beautiful quilt-I would use bias binding, it will stretch easier around those corners. Not to sound stupid, but what is "birthing"? I haven 't heard that term before.

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    Would someone tell me what "birthing" is? By the way it's a beautiful wall hanging.

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    Beautiful, love the colors
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    Birthing a quilt is when you put the quilt top and quilt back right sides together and pin them on top of the batt. You then sew almost all around the quilt and then turn it right sides out through the opening. You can then quilt it or tie the quilt. I find birthing my quilts that I cannot get as smooth a quilt.

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    It sure is pretty.

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    Definitely bind it! It's a beautiful wall hanging!
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    Yes, bind it, and make sure to use binding cut on the bias.
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    It's very pretty. If it were mine I would do a small stipple in the printed middle and stitch in the ditch around each triangle. I would use a bias binding and hand bind it. It's not hard, just do the corners in the same manner as any corner on a quilt. It will just be a little different angle. It will fall into place once you get to it.

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    Eleanor Burns of Quilt in a Day show does birthing a lot. good for quilts you intend to tie. it's where you lay the backing face down on the quilt and batting and sew to the top all around , leaving an opening to turn it right side out. then flatten it out well and quilt or tie. Burns always started sewing hers on the machine but never finished it. i always wondered if she got any puckers.

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    I would bind it , but a thin binding. FYI - Its very pretty! Do show again once you finish.

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    Thanks for all the compliments and suggestions. I will bind it. I think I'll use the same color binding as the outer border so if my corners aren't perfect they won't show as much. I appreciate all your time and comments. I'll watch the tutorial before I start. I always hand sew my bindings to the back; this will be a little difficult because this batik was very stiff.
    Thank you all so much!
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    I would binded it. I do not like the way birthing looks around the edges. I have been having pretty good luck on small items with a backing cut about 1 1/2 larger all the way around and quilting then fold over the backing to the from for binding. You do have a beautiful piece.

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    Personally I would bind it. It is very pretty

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    Its a beautiful job. I would bind it, its really not as bad working with the angles as you think.

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    How very pretty!! To bind it, I would do it the usual way. Your angles will just be at 36 instead of 90. Try it on a scrap quilt sandwich, you'll see its easy.
    If your batik fabric you're using for binding is stiff, try washing it first to soften it up some.
    If you don't square the quilt up, do you have an idea how you will hang it what with all the angles at the top? Will you be stiffening it in some way?
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    Philips Fiber Art has some great Tutorials and patterns etc. I just saw a binding tute. for a hexagon quilt on his site

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