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    Silly question??? When you trim away your batting and backing do you cut exactly along the line of the top or leave just the tiniest margin beyond the top for a firmer edge still keeping to the 1/4" on the top piece. I do double binding so maybe that's enough. Think I'm over-thinking🤔

    #2
    I cut my batting about 1/4" beyond the top to give a bit of bulk within the binding.
    ~ Carol from PA

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    • sewUK
      sewUK commented
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      That's what I was thinking but do you cut your binding wider than 'normal' ?

    • Dove
      Dove commented
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      I start with 2 1/2", folded in half, for the binding. Attach binding to front, then cut batting and backing 1/4" past edge of top. Fold the binding to the back and sew in place.

    #3
    You'll get different answers to this one. Partly due to different descriptions, and also different methods to the same result. Some use 2 1/2, and others use 2 1/4, etc.

    Personally I trim them even because it's less fiddley. I like a full binding, and also a little wider exposed on the front. Using 2 1/2 inch folded and pressed. I stitch it at 3/8. This fills nicely.

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      #4
      I'm not quite sure if I understand the question. After the sandwich is quilted, I trim the batting off right at the edge of the quilt. Otherwise, you risk having batting show through when you sew on the binding. I don't understand why you'd want to leave a 1/4" of extra batting showing along the edges, unless you're planning to sew a 1/2" seam, rather than a 1/4" when you sew on the binding. I use 2.5" binding strips.

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        #5
        Like Joy, I also trim my backing and batting to the edge of the quilt.
        Carlie

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          #6
          I have always trimmed to the edge of the quilt, but I sometimes wish I had wider binding. It makes sense to me to leave the extra batting and backing for that purpose. Would it not work well? I use French binding so the extra fabric layers should hide batting colour.
          Rainy days are for quilting. Thank goodness I live in a rainforest! 😁

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          • Hillbillyhike
            Hillbillyhike commented
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            Thanks. I've thought of that but then my blocks and pieces won't be square and even.

          • oldmanquilts
            oldmanquilts commented
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            That's what borders are for.

          • Hillbillyhike
            Hillbillyhike commented
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            That makes sense. I'm not big on borders for certain things, but if I want a wider binding that's a good idea. Thanks!

          #7
          I leave a 1/4 of an inch. Honestly most of my quilts have borders so when I trim I'm squaring with the border width. I use 2 1/2 binding unless it's coasters or mug rugs then i use 2 1/4.

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            #8
            Does anyone combine the border and binding or bring the backing to the front to create the binding?
            Rainy days are for quilting. Thank goodness I live in a rainforest! 😁

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            • Granny Fran
              Granny Fran commented
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              I have done this on several quilts. Just depends on the use it gets. If it wears out you can always french bind to repair.

            • Momofmonsters5
              Momofmonsters5 commented
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              I was taught to do it separate. I have a friend that brings it from the back. I never struggled with bindings so I never changed ways.

            • Dove
              Dove commented
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              I sometimes bring the backing to the front for binding. It depends on the quilt. Usually I make the binding strips. Also, sometimes the backing fabric just doesn't look right against the border on the quilt top.

            #9
            Thanks Fran!
            Rainy days are for quilting. Thank goodness I live in a rainforest! 😁

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              #10
              I trim to the edge of the quilt, cut a 2 1/4" binding, sew onto the front with a 1/4" seam, roll to back and hand stitch. Sewing the binding is my favourite part of making the quilt.
              Maria

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              • Hillbillyhike
                Hillbillyhike commented
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                That's what I've been doing. Hand stitching the binding favourite partbas well.

              #11
              I trim to the edge of the quilt. I use a scissors and cut both layers at the same time. I think it would be hard to try to roll the batting out of the way and cut it separately trying to keep an even 1/4 inch wider than the quilt edge. I also do double fold cut at 2.5 inches. I admit I am set in my ways and like to do some things the same way all the time.

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                #12
                I leave a 1/4" beyond the fabric. I do a double binding and find the extra batting fills the binding in firmly for a nicer look in my opinion.
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