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Date: 9/10/12 3:41 PM



We were talking in another thread about bindings - I do mine all by machine. Im never a perfectionist - I perfer to finish projects. I make utility quilts for my own enjoyment.

Here is a vintage quilt where the back of the quilt was used as the self facing binding ..



Here is a pic of a deco stitch binding --



I love doing bindings. I never get afraid of crooked seams or stuff like that. I quilt for my enjoyment.

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Date: 9/10/12 3:52 PM

I wish I could get rid of the perfection thing. I have to somewhat. But bindings I get so upset if my corners don't look right. I mean they make it look so easy on the sewing shows etc. I have a beautiful quilt I made folded up in my sewing room cos I haven't finished the binding. I use to do a lot of turned quilts so I wouldn't have to a binding but then had so much trouble getting them smooth to quilt.

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Date: 9/10/12 6:00 PM

I think if the quilter is happy with the results, then it is perfect. I find I prefer to do rounded corners because if I don't get the mitered ones perfect it drives me nuts. I've also been know to take out stitches in both quilting and garment sewing that aren't perfectly straight. Thank you for sharing your bindings!

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Date: 9/10/12 6:23 PM

In the past I have always sewn the binding on the back and brought to front then used a wave stitch to secure because I could never get the straight stitch even on the binding. But for the first time I used my stitch in the ditch foot to secure it and it is pretty darn even on the front. I ran the center metal thing on the foot along the left side of the binding and moved my needle to the right far enough to catch the binding.

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Date: 9/10/12 6:53 PM

Your quilting is such an inspiration! I have been reluctant to try as I cannot get things "perfect" no matter what I do. I know it takes practice but I can neither cut perfect nor sew perfect. This gives me some hope that maybe I need to just "do it." I like the deco stitching on the binding!

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Date: 9/10/12 6:55 PM

Quote: quiltingwolf
I wish I could get rid of the perfection thing. I have to somewhat. But bindings I get so upset if my corners don't look right. I mean they make it look so easy on the sewing shows etc. I have a beautiful quilt I made folded up in my sewing room cos I haven't finished the binding. I use to do a lot of turned quilts so I wouldn't have to a binding but then had so much trouble getting them smooth to quilt.

Yes, is does look so easy on TV, as we are usually watching someone who has sewn that mitered quilt binding about a zillion times.

I have found that I am lousy at eye-balling that 45-degree angle at the corners, so now I use a small quilt ruler with a diagonal marking to check the accuracy of my binding fold EVERY time. I use a small ruler like this.

I really like Terry Switzer Chilko's Magic Strip Binding method. There's no stitching in the ditch, you can see exactly where you are sewing that final line of stitching, and the stitching on the back falls just inside the binding, blending in completely. If you use a contrasting fabric for the Magic Strip, you get a nice decorative "punch" similar to an inserted piping, as seen in this photo.

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Date: 9/10/12 6:57 PM

I wrap fleece backs around to the front, it makes the quilt extra cuddly to have a fleecy edge. Sometimes I hand stitch it and sometimes I machine stitch.

I also add separate cotton bindings, and they are always machine stitched. I will pick out really uneven stitches, it makes me CRAZY to look at it!

I am not a perfectionist with quilts, but am for dress fitting. I DETEST an ill fitting dress and will spend hours to get it to lay just perfect. For quilts I relax a little, but not too much, it still eats at me when I see my own crooked work!

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Date: 9/10/12 7:08 PM

YES!

I say... just sit down and do it! I just cut up some shirts into blocks .. Im new to cutting blocks and hoping to line up seams .. but -- 10' inch blocks look really cute .. Im glad I cut them off grain I think it adds -- I think all personal "flaws" add .. anyhow --



Like I said - all the pieces are recycled shirts -- the batting is some old polyester double knit and the back is that stuff you can see in the above pics .. cotton will tear on the grain line into even strips -- thats how I "cut" the fabric for this read quilt ... its all strip sets .. simple.



-- that is all recycled sheets..

I really just disagree with any quilt teacher that uses the words... "must have" "need to" "never" "allways" ...

Unless they say ...

"My goal is to bring as many people into quilting as possible, I "need to" "allways" support creation, people "must have" that kind of support."

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Date: 9/10/12 7:36 PM

You have the best attitude, I wish I were more like you in my quilting. I have a friend who says, "Better finished than perfect," and I am trying to remember that and live by it.

Your bindings look fine to me, actually.

Also, your shirt quilt above, where you think you might be off-grain is actually within the true tradition of quilting. If you look at nineteenth century quilts you will find that in the vast majority of cases those quilters paid no attention whatsoever to stripes and plaids and cut their scraps to fit, regardless of how straight they were. The plaids pointing in various directions add a lot of life and movement to your quilt, and I like it a lot.

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Date: 9/10/12 7:54 PM

I love utility quilts - the world has always had them.

Sure there are lots of style of quilts - I dont think any style is of better quality than the others. Hnad turned applique quilts take lots of hard work -- but, i dont really like the look of them. Its all personal preferance.

I think my style is just fine, too!

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