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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Please help me figure this out

    you will definitely need 6 strips
    I always calculate how much I need then add 10-12 inches for seam allowances between strips and finishing it off
    Happy Quilting!

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    Get creative. I did a binding in 2 colors because I was a bit short.
    I sewed 2 regular sized strips first, diagonally, like normal, then alternated several aprox 5" pieces of a contrast color to my third strip making it equal to the extra length I needed, then sewed on my 2 regular stips after that. That's how I made a 6 strip length from only 5 strips.
    I made them land near a corner, so it looked like I did that on purpose.

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    The Rest of the Rhombus Star quilt is here

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    Default Re: Please help me figure this out

    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyCurious View Post
    Get creative. I did a binding in 2 colors because I was a bit short.
    I sewed 2 regular sized strips first, diagonally, like normal, then alternated several aprox 5" pieces of a contrast color to my third strip making it equal to the extra length I needed, then sewed on my 2 regular stips after that. That's how I made a 6 strip length from only 5 strips.
    I made them land near a corner, so it looked like I did that on purpose.

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    The Rest of the Rhombus Star quilt is here
    You have a great blog, and your tutorial is wonderful!

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Please help me figure this out

    Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions. I appreciate your help very much. After looking at this every which way, I've concluded that I either need to get creative or find another fabric for the binding. I am using an "out of print" fabric. I found a half-yard piece on ebay or etsy for $30, but I'm not that desperate. Thank you all so much for your help!

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    Just another comment ~ The binding doesn't have to be the same fabric all the way around. I recall one of Jenny's older tutorials where she sewed leftovers from 5" charms. Many times I have used strips from FQs (cut the length of the FQ). The binding can be all one fabric or several different fabrics, depending on what you have on hand. The trick with that is to hope you don't hit a corner with a seam, but that is manageable if it happens. Your rhombus quilt turned out great.

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    Default Re: Please help me figure this out

    Quote Originally Posted by Astatoo View Post
    Believe it or not but...I have been so short on binding fabric that I have, cut it 2.25" wide to save an inch or so of fabric and a time or two I added a contrasting fabric from the quilt top to add a few pops of color in the binding (for example if I had 4 binding strips and needed 5 when sewing them together I would sew in a 12" piece between each strip, even beginning or ending with a contrasting strip).
    I usu do 2.25 because that's what I was taught before precuts. : ) I also like pieced bindings and do them fairly often. As a couple others said, you can put short sections of a coordinating fabric from the quilt between your other strips so it looks planned.
    Last edited by cathym; January 30th, 2018 at 10:30 PM.

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    Default Re: Please help me figure this out

    You need (45"x2)+(51"x2)=192"+12"=202". The question is: How many strips? 202"/40"=5.05 strips. Can you get 5 strips from the fabric you have? If you cut the strips 2.5", you will need 12.5" of fabric. 2.25" strips will require 11.25" of fabric. This is selvage to selvage, with the selvage trimmed.
    I hope this helps.

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Please help me figure this out

    You will need 5 strips - 2.5" by WOF (at east 42")

    For future calculate it as follows -
    1. 2(length + breadth). Add 16"
    2. Divide the above by 42"

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    Default Re: Please help me figure this out

    I would cut 6 strips. Having cut them 2.25, you will get a tight 1/4" binding. I tend to cut my bindings at 2.25" unless the backing is a Shannon Cuddle or I have very thick batting.

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    I have ran out of fabric for my binding. You can always piece it with to colors and then single fold over the piece that you don't want to show. There is a designer (is it Elizabeth Hartman?) that purposely uses a scrap piece in her binding. You can always do that too. Your quilt, so do as you wish!
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