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I Learned Something About Mitered Corners

Old 08-23-2019, 05:02 AM
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Mitering corners is my biggest weakness when it comes to finishing a quilt. It has become my habit to do a straight on finish rather than a miter where I feel it would look awful if the miter is not perfect. I watch tutorial after tutorial on mitering corners. I can make a perfect mitered corner on a bed but when it comes to a quilt forget it! With all the years I have been quilting I have never mastered mitered corners. Maybe it is time to try again and do a lot of practice tries. there is always an inspiration to be found here.
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Old 09-17-2019, 07:04 PM
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I never paid attention, I will in the future. My miters on corners usually always look good.
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Old 10-12-2019, 05:02 AM
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I can give you a tip that could help tremendously. If starting with a 2.5” binding, folded in half equals 1.25. So you would stitch 1/3 of the 1.25” binding, I sew the binding on the quilt with a little smaller than 1/3. By doing this you leave a little bit of extra room to turn the binding over the edge. Then 1/3 goes up (I always press the binding up away from the quilt), and then you bring it over for the last third. If sewing By these measurements the corners should come out perfectly. Another good tip that someone else mentioned was to trim a little of the extra bulk in the corners. Good luck.

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Old 10-12-2019, 08:33 PM
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Yikkies. I just checked the metered binding corners on th quilt that I was sitting under..and I have a piggies nose..will be binding a quilt next week...goal make the mitered binding as Watson did... perfect timing....hum now wondering if all my meters have been piggies. Life does go on..

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Old 10-15-2019, 02:08 PM
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Great tip! Thank you!
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Old 10-17-2019, 05:17 PM
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Susan Cleveland has a great class on Blueprint all about bindings and paying attention to the corner fold is one of her tips. I ended up buying the class just for reference.
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Old 10-26-2019, 06:49 PM
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thanks for the tip. most of my corners come out great. but, the few that don't, must be this problem.
I must keep this in mind next time i do a binding.

Now, if i can just get the binding meeting the right way. I must be all thumbs when it comes to that.
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Old 10-27-2019, 03:31 AM
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Another thing that some instruction books say about binding - "stop stitching 1/4 inch from the end" - before doing the folding for the miter -

which works fine if that is the seam width.

I trim the sandwich before putting the binding on - and my seam allowance of the binding is 1/2 inch - so I stop stitching 1/2 inch from the end (or even a thread or two more than 1/2 inch).

If one stitches into the seam allowance of the next side - the binding can't fold back properly.

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