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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > Self binding question ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Sewncooknmom
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Date: 4/12/13 9:28 PM

I am getting ready to quilt my ds' quilt. Yay! Anyway, I am planning on self binding it. Is it better to quilt first or sew the binding first?

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Date: 4/12/13 9:42 PM

Definitely quilt first!

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Date: 4/13/13 8:20 PM

I took a workshop with a nationally known teacher (the name escapes me at the moment) who actually bound first, then quilted. She said it kept the batting from collecting lint, etc. I never tried it, I sometimes have to true the quilt before I bind it. I also like to have that excess area to just stitch into if I'm doing walking foot quilting across the quilt - no ends to take care of that way. (I've also been known to use the excess area to test the quilting stitches and threads.)

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Date: 4/13/13 10:51 PM

When you say you want to self bind, do you mean to wrap the excess backing around the the front and finish it that way? Or to just use some of the excess fabric to make a separate binding? Either way, I would quilt first as it is not unusual for the layers to shift slightly during quilting, or for extra fullness in the centre to get pushed to the edges. If either condition occurs, you could end up with a lumpy misshapen quilt.

I also strenuously recommend making and applying a separate binding. That way you can square up the quilted piece before binding. Often, a back-to-front edge finish results in a misshapen quilt with waving edges (I have a few like that my grandmother made!).

BTW, I recall a quilting buddy I knew several years back who used to bind her quilts before quilting. I think she hand quilted everything and was confident she could control the shifting and fullness that way. Anyway, her main reasoning was so that she could begin using the quilt long before it was actually finished.

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Date: 4/14/13 5:25 PM

Yes, I meant to fold the back fabric to the front.

Thank you all for answering my question. I enjoyed reading all of your responses. As usual, I always learn from this board!

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Date: 4/14/13 6:17 PM

I would quilt first and then bind. If you need to square up your quilt after quilting, I would use strips of binding.
I really like the fold over (bringing the back over to the front) binding on a Tablerunner or small item. It lays nice and flat.

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