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  • Natalie
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    Originally posted by lizziwhizz

    That seems like a lot, so it probably wasn't very helpful. ops:
    I actually think that was VERY helpful! Nicely Done!

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  • novice quilter
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    Well..........I am not very experienced when it comes to binding. I have only put binding on two baby quilts. One of them, I used the same material as the small(inside) border and the other one I used a totally different color to frame the quilt. I guess, I also, let the quilt speak to me. I know when I was taught to do the binding at a beginning quilt class at MSQC I so thought I wasn't going to like doing it, because it involved hand sewing, but I really did enjoy it. I am happy to gain insight from all of your responses here on the forum.

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  • nhsara
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    Binding - perfect time to talk about that as I am in the process of putting a binding on.

    I love to do bindings - they relax me - and make me feel like I've done well and not the project is about finished.

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  • lizziwhizz
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    well as this was something I was working with last week...do you have any pointers as the best way to do the bias binding? I was really struggling with this..and though I did get it done it was a bear and I feel I wasted a lot of fabric...

    and welcome to the forums!!
    I think that link to Heather Bailey's tutorial mentions how to cut and sew bias binding.

    Here are my methods for making bias binding: start with a more or less straight edge across the width of the fabric. lay the fabric out nice and flat. at one cut end of the fabric, put one hand on each corner; keep your right hand more or less in place, and bring your left hand up so that it hits the selvage at the other end of the fabric. Basically you want to make a diagonal folded edge by making one cut edge and one selvage parallel. I then smooth it out (the fabric will pretty much hold itself in place) and put it on the ironing board and iron that diagonal fold in place. I open the fabric up and cut along the crease. Next I want to cut strips, so I fold the piece up along my newly cut line (to fit on my cutting mat) and measure my strips and cut one at a time. The strips will start to get shorter and shorter as you get away from that first cut, and you're right, you end up with a leftover triangle, but that can go in the scrap bin for other projects!

    That seems like a lot, so it probably wasn't very helpful. ops:

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  • Natalie
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    Its funny how all these quilts seem to do the talking! Mine definitely "speak" to me...I too wait to see what the quilt wants. I do love the way a striped fabric cut on the bias looks as binding. Its one of my favorites! It looks like a candy stripe all along the edge of the quilt! Love that!

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  • jenny
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    It is so fun to read all your responses. I like most of you let the quilt speak to me. Sometimes it is nice to blend but sometimes I like to frame things in. My favorite however is a pieced scrappy binding. It always looks cheerful to me!

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  • Misty
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    Originally posted by Quilt Hollow
    Just because the quilt is finished doesn't mean the binding can't also be spectacular!
    I like the way you think!

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  • Quilt Hollow
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    There are lots of variables with this one. Sometimes a quilt looks best with a scrappy binding and others something that blends in and doesn't distract from the main focus of the quilt. Then what about binding on straight grain vs bias binding? Again, this would depend on design in the fabric and use of quilt. If this is a simple wall-hanging it isn't likely it needs bias unless of course the pattern dictates it...example plaids or stripes. Now, if I'm making crib or larger I make sure a bias binding for better wear around the edges. Now these were just simple bindings but what about adding pipes, rick rack, and numerous other trims...the possibilities are endless. Just because the quilt is finished doesn't mean the binding can't also be spectacular!

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  • sbonetsue
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    I sometimes blend my binding in, if the quilt is traditional or a mini. With kid's quilts I like to contrast the binding in a fun color or stripes or even strips of the fabrics from the quilt. Every quilt tells me what it wants for binding.

    I don't have any great tips but I ove doing the binding because it means the quilt will be done - yeah!

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  • shell.scraps
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    Originally posted by lizziwhizz
    I try to make my binding on the bias whenever possible. There is nothing wrong with straight grain binding, except that I get lots of threads unravelling from that cut edge, which doesn't happen with a bias cut.
    well as this was something I was working with last week...do you have any pointers as the best way to do the bias binding? I was really struggling with this..and though I did get it done it was a bear and I feel I wasted a lot of fabric...

    and welcome to the forums!!

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  • Misty
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    lizziwhizz, thanks for all your input!

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  • lizziwhizz
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    I am relatively new to quilting because I've discovered all the wonderful non-traditional designs/methods out there, and I love the idea mentioned above about piping or rickrack in the binding. I haven't yet started a project to try it on, though.

    As for colors, my favorite binding I've done so far (and also my favorite quilt) used a fabric pulled from the blocks, and which was a shade or two darker than my sashing, giving it a nice frame.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lizziwhizz/3409278659/

    It was made for Oh, Fransson!'s Mod Sampler Quilt Along: http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/quiltalong.html

    I did my binding according to Heather Bailey's tutorial (http://www.heatherbailey.typepad.com/, in the sidebar). I sometimes cut my strips 2.5", sometimes 2.25". I love using prints and stripes in my binding. I do a lot of garment sewing, and HATE bias skirts, tops, etc, but somehow making a set of bias binding is the most soothing thing in the world to me!
    I try to make my binding on the bias whenever possible. There is nothing wrong with straight grain binding, except that I get lots of threads unravelling from that cut edge, which doesn't happen with a bias cut.

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  • Leezard
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    I usually like to do something that blends in more with the quilt. I'm new to more elaborate quilting, beyond plain blocks, so maybe as I go along and find more fun fabrics to work with it will change. I also like to make my own binding when I have time because I think it is easier to find colors and patterns that work with the quilt.

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  • midnight
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    I agree with some others that if the quilt is busy, I like a blending binding, but it the quilt is simple I think you can give it a little extra with a binding that pops!

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  • kannrich
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    I'll go with the binding can change depending on your project... whether you choose to self bind... match or contrast... the project will speak to you. I like the idea of a contrast as long as it doesn't take away from the star of the show... the quilt. )... I too love, love, love the new FAB fabric... fun, fun!

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