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Thread: Easier way to make Diagonal Bindings

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    Senior Member nstitchs's Avatar
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    I wanted to make the Jelly Roll 1600 but I wanted to make it full size and had 83 x 2-1/2 in strips that all had to be marked and sewn on the diagonal. This overpowered me and I thought there has to be an easier way to do this, so this is what I came up with. I have done half my strips and can't believe how fast it has gone so hopefully this comes in handy to someone else as well. Happy Quilting

    I have marked out the meaurements on paper so you can hopefully see it clearly. I prefer to use the following way of using my cutting mat and ruler.
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    Note that you will be putting the first strip just past the third full line showing.
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    Take the first strip just past the line so that you loose the salvage when finished.
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    Lay the second strip on top, going just past the second strip, lining it up with the top of the ruler.
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    Pin either side of what would have been the line you mark on.
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    I don't recommend marking on your machine like I did, but I do alot of this type of thing so I made mine permanent. I would usually have used painters tape to mark straight down from your needle.
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    Put your strips with one end starting at the needle and line the other end up with the line.
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    Sew across to the end.
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    This is where I just chain sewed all my strips at one time.
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    Cut about 1/4 in away from line and cut dog ears off.
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    Your finished diagonal strip.
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    Thanks

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    You are sooo welcome.

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    Very cool. Thanx :thumbup:

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    THANK YOU!!
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    Good thinking! I wish I could just eyeball those diagonal lines -- I HATE marking them. I love your solution. I'm thinking I could put a strip of masking tape down on my machine and cabinet and draw a line on the tape. Then it would not be permanent!

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    I suggest using painters tape because if left on too long, masking tape leaves an awful mess to get off.

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    Thanks, so much!

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    Thanks

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    Bookmarked your tutorial. Thanks.

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    Very clever, thanks for sharing your good idea!

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    Good idea! :thumbup:

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    If you want to remove the marker you might want to try a mr. clean sponge to get the marker off....I used it to get it off a kitchen counter top worked well. It didn't scratch the counter top, but not sure what it will do to the plastic...

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    I bought a binding ruler that is 2 1/2' wide (or you can get one I think 2 1/4 and 3) and it has the angel on one end of it already. I bought mine at Joanns with a 50% of coupon. I paid $6.00 for it. I love it..so easy to also make jelly rolls with now.

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    Thank you! This is a very helpful method and I'll use it for my next binding!

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    I line up the strips as you have shown, but instead of pinning I just fold where the stitching line should be and finger press...then sew.....

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    awesome !! thanks for sharing for sure!!

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    Thank you for sharing a super idea!

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    Great idea. Almost all of my borders are mitered at the corners. This will make the process much more accurate and quicker.

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    Thanks, this is great!

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    Thanks for the binding tute....so clever.

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    to take off the sticky(from price tag to tape) use a non staining oil-I use eucalyptus oil I got in Australia but baby oil will work. It is great for getting the sticky out
    To quote an old commercial-A little dab will do ya!-I use a q-tip.

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    Thank you. This is great!

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    Thanks very much I want to make one of these jelly roll quilts but was put off by having to do the diagonals so will give this a try and then take the plunge

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    Wonderful tutorial. Thank you.

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