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Date: 9/6/13 7:15 PM

Honestly the quilt I am trying to finish is 'one of those" type quilts. You know. The kind that does not want you to finish it. The quilt itself is the Trip Around the World one in a 24 x 24 pattern. I FMQ'd it for the first time and enjoyed it very much.

However, the binding is driving me crazy. I had it sewn down on the front side, ready to turn over and clip down for hand sewing. The final seam of the binding where the 2 ends meet is a disaster. It took me many tries just to get it together and to lay down flat. I sewed one part of it many times, as the fabric decided to really ravel on me.

I thought I finally had it ready to turn, and sure enough, that final seam has moved and the bottom fabric, the front of the quilt, it had come apart AGAIN and I had to rip again. I have done this so many times now, fixing a spot here and there and there and there.

I finally took the binding off. I will take apart one of th4e seams and measure, so I have a good idea of how much I binding I really need. Then I will buy some BATIK fabric, which does not ravel and use it for the binding.

Tell me I am not alone in this FUN journey of the quilt that just won't end.

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Date: 9/6/13 7:38 PM

Sorry you're having such a hard time with this small quilt. I use only cottons and haven't had an issue with it unraveling. I have had issues with seams coming undone and may just secure the end with a back stitch or two next time I piece a quilt.

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Date: 9/6/13 7:51 PM

Yes I have had "problem child" quilts, and I usually resort to hand sewing when I have reached my limit.

Hand sewing is WAAAY more versatile and flexible for stubborn places. You can tuck extra bits in and hide them much easier than machine sewing.



Sorry your quilt is giving you fits!

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Date: 9/6/13 8:41 PM



I have had bindings where I have joined the strips at 45 degrees and sewed them all wrong. Ripped them out, and then sewed them wrong again... So I totally hear ya.

Hang in there, dear

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Date: 9/6/13 9:43 PM

You're not alone. Sometimes a project is just AWFUL. I had a Clay's Choice block like that a week or so ago. (At least it wasn't a whole quilt!!!) It took HOURS and I had to wrestle with it at every seam. It was horrible, and I only stuck with it because I hate to quit.

It came out ok in the end, but it was practically not worth it it was so much trouble.

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Date: 9/6/13 10:30 PM

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It came out ok in the end, but it was practically not worth it it was so much trouble.

I feel like this right now!

This &*&(^* swirl quilt!

I. AM. SICK. TO. DEATH. OF. THIS. QUILT.

It is way too big to be enjoyable. I am SO OVER this thing!

I finally got it all quilted and trimmed, the back didn't go all the way to the edge in a few places and is a little wonky on that edge.

I will not be able to make the binding like the instructions, but will make it the normal way.

I STILL have to sew 400 inches of binding strips together, then bind the quilt.

It makes me grumpy just thinking about it.

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Date: 9/6/13 10:51 PM

Sorry you are having a tough time with the binding. You have several options...

1 Walk away and put the project down to start something different
2 Go make a small practice sandwich with muslin, make binding per usual and then use it as a practice to finish binding
3 Take a deep breath - go meditate- go for a walk- take a bath- then to to sleep. When you feel refreshed try again
4 Ask for help at your quilt shop to get the thing basted where it needs to be sewn... baste the binding together by glue stick

I have been were you are--- the first time I did the bumpless binding I nearly cried. Once you've done it successfully it will be easier the next time.

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Date: 9/6/13 11:04 PM

This is how so many UFOs are born ...

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Date: 9/6/13 11:14 PM

We've all been there....

You might try wider binding the next time....and sew the attachment seam deeper.

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Date: 9/6/13 11:29 PM

I am learning to move the walking foot 3 places to the left when sewing the binding on. I don't know if I can move it 4 places or not. Much easier with the foot moved over. Catches better on the back too. Bindings are 2 1/2 inches wide strips.

I am so glad to know i am not alone on this.

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I am a Quilter at heart. I love to play with fabrics, patterns and colors. Recently I have discovered I enjoy doing applique. I love making pictures. Using a sewing machine is much easier than counted cross stitch or oil painting for me. I enjoy landscape quilting as well. I am working on my first applique project in the spring of 2014.
Bernina 630, my main machine
Pfaff 2036, my class machine
Babylock Molly
Bernina 1200DA serger
Unique Sewing Cabinet 450L

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