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Date: 11/24/12 6:47 PM

I started the Turtle Travels quilt about 6 years ago when I was pregnant with my first son. It is SOOO labor intensive. It's my first quilt, so I'm not sure why I'd choose one with paper piecing, applique, AND patchwork.

Anyway - I am pregnant again, and decided I needed to finish this monster! I've been working really hard on it the last month or so. This long weekend has been great - I'm almost done with the top! woot!

Anyway, I'm bound and determined to get this thing done this weekend! I have a general idea how to bind it, but want to make sure I'm doing it right before I mess it up. Do you have a favorite process or tutorial you can share? Something that looks nice, but is easy so I can just get it done.

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Date: 11/24/12 6:54 PM

binding tutorial

another tutorial

Here you go. There is help galore on youtube.

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Date: 11/24/12 7:49 PM

Terry Chilko's Magic Strip Binding technique (opens a PDF)

This binding technique has become my favorite. I can do 99% of the entire process on my machine, there's no stitching-in-the-ditch, you can SEE what you are doing as you do the final stitching, and the final stitching looks great on both the top and bottom of the quilt because you've used matching thread - blends right in. The only hand stitching I do is to stitch the miters closed on the corners when I've finished the binding.

You can use a contrasting fabric for your "magic strip" which adds a bit of "punch" to the binding. Here's an example photo from Terry's website:
Close-up photo of Magic Binding with contrasting Magic Strip

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Date: 11/24/12 9:28 PM

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Terry Chilko's Magic Strip Binding technique (opens a PDF) This binding technique has become my favorite.


That's exactly what I am looking for! Thank you!
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Date: 12/18/12 8:15 PM

I read this 3 times and being so new to quilting do not "get" this LOL

Have watched some you-tube from a Quilt company in North Dakota (maybe South Dakota) and I bind from the back, slip beginning and ending into a "pocket" fold, flip to the front and miter corners. This looks Easier, but I can't wrap my mind around what they are trying to say??

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Date: 12/18/12 9:20 PM

Here's the same technique, on a web page where you can click each photo to enlarge it. It may make it easier to follow if you can see the photos enlarged. Magic Strip Binding, web page.

I have searched for a video of someone doing this technique, but have not found anything yet.

The basic goal of this technique is to be able to wrap the binding from the back, and edge-stitch the binding on the front of the quilt, AND have the stitching on the back of the quilt fall INSIDE the binding, not on the quilt backing. To do this, you sew a plain strip of fabric on the front of the quilt at the same time as you sew the binding onto the back of the quilt.

When you wrap the binding from the back, it will NOT cover that line of stitching at 3/8-inch on the front (the stitching that sewed on the binding).

The Magic Strip is Terry's method to cover and hide that line of stitching at 3/8-inch on the front of the quilt. She instructs you to stop and fold the Magic Strip over on each corner after you reach the corner of the quilt with the binding, which I think is the most confusing part. If you don't fold the Magic Strip over at the corners of the quilt as you sew the binding on each side of the quilt, you won't be able to do it later. Use Elmer's Washable School Glue on the Magic Strip! See link to Sharon Schamber's videos below.

But here's a thought about how to use a variation of this technique:

Make 2 1/2-inch binding strips and fold in half. Sew the binding onto the back of the quilt with a 3/8-inch seam. Don't even bother with the Magic Strips.

Press and wrap the binding around to the front. On the front, you'll see the 3/8-inch stitching line, but the edge of the quilt binding will be very close to it, but it will not cover it. If you can use thread that matches the border of the quilt, that line of stitching will blend in pretty well.

Use a decorative stitch on your machine to sew the binding down, a deco stitch that puts stitches on both sides of the needle. The deco stitch should fall on the quilt binding and onto the front of the quilt.

The deco stitch will probably cover or camouflage the 3/8-inch stitch line on the front, and on the BACK of the quilt, most of the deco stitch should be on the binding.

If you don't mind seeing that 3/8-inch line of stitching on the front of the quilt, then you can just leave out the Magic Strip.

Other options to consider:
Prudent Baby tutorial for sewing the binding on the front of the quilt and stitch-in-the-ditch to catch it on the back of the quilt. I'm not very good at this method, but you may find that it works well for you. Since I can't see the back of the quilt as I am stitching-in-the-ditch, this is not my favorite, but I've used it successfully. Sometimes I've had to do some small repairs by hand where I missed the binding on the back, but it does work fairly well. See the Sharon Schamber videos below for tips about using Elmer's Washable School Glue to glue baste the binding in place.

I have not tried this method: Susie's Magic Binding, but it looks interesting. I wish she had posted a picture of the BACK of the quilt. I'm kind of confused about where the stitching falls on the back.

Sharon Schamber, 3 binding videos. Here Sharon demonstrates the amazing Elmer's Washable School Glue to glue baste bindings. This binding technique is very detailed, but watch the videos just to see how she uses the Elmer's Washable School Glue. In video #3, she wraps the binding to the back of the quilt and glues it OVER the stitching line. At this point, you can stitch-in-the-ditch from the front, no pins.

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Date: 12/19/12 3:07 AM

Thank you for sharing. I just started quilting. Had problems with binding.
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Date: 12/20/12 7:55 PM

Okie dokie. Last night I did Sharon Schambers glue binding method... it was awesome and totally worth it. One difference from the video though, she shows herself glueing one side then sewing, glueing another side then sewing... I actually glued the entire thing then sewed, flipped to the other side glued and mitered, and sewed again. My binding looks perfect, the glue came out completely in the wash and did not gum up the mashine, the time spent glueing and ironing was the same or less as my usua. l frustration pinning and and binding clips but the results were soooo much better. Infinitely worth it. I bought a large bottle of washable school glue and filled one of my small plastic bottles with fine tips I use for henna for the actual application. I used about 1/2 of that very small bottle so plenty of glue in the big bottle for other quilts. My quilt was 60x60

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Date: 12/20/12 9:42 PM

Quote: HDWen
I read this 3 times and being so new to quilting do not "get" this LOL



Have watched some you-tube from a Quilt company in North Dakota (maybe South Dakota) and I bind from the back, slip beginning and ending into a "pocket" fold, flip to the front and miter corners. This looks Easier, but I can't wrap my mind around what they are trying to say??




Neither do I and I have been making quilts for about 30 years!

Alex Anderson or Fons & Porter have books that are great resources for your quilting library.

Found this one - Start Quilting With Alex Anderson

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Date: 12/22/12 5:29 PM

I'm kinda old skool, but I prefer to sew the binding to the front and hand sew the binding down on the back. A nice Zen way to finish the quilt.

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