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Date: 1/29/12 7:20 AM

Well finished my stripped quilt as you go project I started 2 weeks ago.This is my first finished work in a year and I'm quite happy about it for a few reasons. I no longer fear bindings and mitering corners. I sewed the binding to the back and brought it around front and used a blanket stitch to stitch it down. Even though it appears a little wonkey in parts on the back it's ok. I alway wondered why sometimes my corners don't turn out. I was catching the fold after you turn the corner when stitching the binding on. I have done this about 50% of the time and could never figure out exactly what I was doing wrong. I still have my big big animal quilt to bind now I can do so without nervousness or fear. I'm going to start cutting the binding today.

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Date: 2/1/12 2:13 PM

Mitered corners were such a mystery for me for so long. It is liberating to lose fear of mitered corners.

I could never get a mitered corner right until I read detailed instructions that said to sew within 1/8 inch of the edge(past and under where the fold will be) and then take the work out of the machine, pin and press the fold, turn my work and start at the folded edge and sew down the next side...to repeat the process on each edge. Then I had to do the same on the back side.

What a time-consuming method, but I did it on a doggie blanket for a customer and it came out great. She loved it, and it is a good thing I was working by the hour.
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Date: 2/1/12 6:44 PM

I use a similar method, where I take the quilt out of the machine at each corner.

What drastically improved my corners was measuring the angle as I folded the binding. I use a very small quilt ruler, like this one:
Omnigrip 3 1/2-inch ruler

I line up the fold on the 45-degree angle line and mark the 1/4-inch seam line starting point for the next seam to sew with a marking pencil. At first I thought this was overkill, but I soon realized that my "eyeballing" skills are not that wonderful when making those 45-degree folds in the binding.

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Date: 2/2/12 8:18 PM

Quote: CM_Sews
I use a similar method, where I take the quilt out of the machine at each corner.



What drastically improved my corners was measuring the angle as I folded the binding. I use a very small quilt ruler, like this one:

Omnigrip 3 1/2-inch ruler



I line up the fold on the 45-degree angle line and mark the 1/4-inch seam line starting point for the next seam to sew with a marking pencil. At first I thought this was overkill, but I soon realized that my "eyeballing" skills are not that wonderful when making those 45-degree folds in the binding.



CMC

It was amazing to me how hard it was to get it right by eye, but how easy to see it once I got it sewn in off-kilter.

I have an omni-grid, so will try that next time for some improvement. That should really make it easier.
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