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    Questions on Calculating Binding Requirements

    Why do I try to work beyond my capability ? :-)

    I have a quilt that is 50x53 and ready for binding.
    I want to bind it with a collection of 2.5" strips that were used to make the quilt top.

    I 'auditioned' various lengths for these strips and determined that 11" would look good. So
    I cut a lot of strips that are 11.5" long (accounting for 1/4 inch seams) by 2.5" wide.

    1. If I ultimately want 11" strips in the end to show up on the final quilt,
    and I am joining the strips with a diagonal seam, did I screw up by
    cutting the strips at 11.5? Do diagonal 'joining seams' require more fabric?

    2. I used a binding calculator app that said that based on the dimensions of the quilt and the strips,
    I would need 216" of binding length. Does that seem right?

    thanks!
    Donna

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    Re: Questions on Calculating Binding Requirements

    Yes, diagonal seams require more fabric . You'll lose a couple of inches on each strip. Your total length is probably OK but your sections won't be 11 inches.

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      #3
      Re: Questions on Calculating Binding Requirements

      You lose the entire 2 1/2" of length when you do diagonal seams. Or how ever wide your cut your strips.
      Blankets wrap you in warmth, quilts wrap you in love

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        Re: Questions on Calculating Binding Requirements

        Originally posted by Devchdm View Post
        Why do I try to work beyond my capability ? :-)

        I have a quilt that is 50x53 and ready for binding.
        I want to bind it with a collection of 2.5" strips that were used to make the quilt top.

        I 'auditioned' various lengths for these strips and determined that 11" would look good. So
        I cut a lot of strips that are 11.5" long (accounting for 1/4 inch seams) by 2.5" wide.

        1. If I ultimately want 11" strips in the end to show up on the final quilt,
        and I am joining the strips with a diagonal seam, did I screw up by
        cutting the strips at 11.5? Do diagonal 'joining seams' require more fabric?

        2. I used a binding calculator app that said that based on the dimensions of the quilt and the strips,
        I would need 216" of binding length. Does that seem right?

        thanks!
        Donna
        The calculation for length of binding you'll need is: sum of the length of four sides of your quilt plus extra for corners and finishing. My personal preference is to add about 15" for the 'extra' (because I struggle with joining those final ends so I like to have a bit more fabric to play with.) For your quilt I would create a long strip of fabric that is 50+50+53+53+15=221". The 216" from your app gives you about 10" extra, which should also be fine.
        Slainte!

        Liz


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          #5
          Re: Questions on Calculating Binding Requirements

          I use the Quilt Fab app or the Quilting Calc.
          Have a blessed day
          Pam[/I]
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            #6
            Re: Questions on Calculating Binding Requirements

            I always use the Robert Kaufman Quilt Calculator App: http://www.robertkaufman.com/quilting-calculators/ . It hasn't steered me wrong yet.

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              #7
              Re: Questions on Calculating Binding Requirements

              I add up the dimensions of all 4 sides of the quilt top & add 10". I do diagonal piecing.

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                #8
                Re: Questions on Calculating Binding Requirements

                The chances of your 11 inch pieces coming out right at the end where you join the sewed-on binding together is pretty slim. Would you consider random length pieces? Say, from 9 to 13 inches, maybe even a few smaller pieces. That way, when you join the two ends together, it won't look odd not being 11 inches sewn to 11 different inches.

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                  Re: Questions on Calculating Binding Requirements

                  Originally posted by Snip Snip View Post
                  The chances of your 11 inch pieces coming out right at the end where you join the sewed-on binding together is pretty slim. Would you consider random length pieces? Say, from 9 to 13 inches, maybe even a few smaller pieces. That way, when you join the two ends together, it won't look odd not being 11 inches sewn to 11 different inches.
                  Oh boy I never thought of that! Bummer! But appreciate suggestion. About ready to get superglue and spray paint to finish this thing! Thanks!

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                    #10
                    Re: Questions on Calculating Binding Requirements

                    Love the idea of the random lengths. That makes perfect sense.

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