Finishing Quilt Edge

Finishing Quilt Edge

Post by electro.. » Mon, 24 Aug 1998 04:00:00



Hi!

I'm a new quilter and I took a quilting class in Ontario, Canada.  Due
to unforseen circumstances I never finished my quilt.  The problem is
I moved to Florida so I can longer contact the teacher of the class
and I can't remember the name of the book that she was teaching us out
of.  I made a log cabin, machine quilted piece and I just have to
finish the edge.  I was wondering if anyone knows how to complete the
edge.  Do I sew the binding to the bottom of the quilt and then the
top or do I sew both top and bottom at the same time.

Thank you.
Karen

 
 
 

Finishing Quilt Edge

Post by aqu.. » Mon, 24 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>Hi!

>I'm a new quilter and I took a quilting class in Ontario, Canada.  Due
>to unforseen circumstances I never finished my quilt.  The problem is
>I moved to Florida so I can longer contact the teacher of the class
>and I can't remember the name of the book that she was teaching us out
>of.  I made a log cabin, machine quilted piece and I just have to
>finish the edge.  I was wondering if anyone knows how to complete the
>edge.  Do I sew the binding to the bottom of the quilt and then the
>top or do I sew both top and bottom at the same time.

>Thank you.
>Karen

Karen,
Welcome, can you find a local quilt shop to help?   In what part of
Fla. are you living?  Most areas here have quilt guilds, ours has a
third Tues. quilt bee.  Help for anyone who needs it just for showing
up.  Sounds like you have a nice project going, the binding is not as
hard as some of the other parts you have already conquered.
I find I am not very good at giving directions, I am sure some of the
others of us will pitch in here.  I feel more comfortable with the
showing kind of help.
Will keep a watch out for answers too, maybe I will learn to write
directions, see-one questions and two of us will learn from the
answers.

Happy quilting

Anna Belle inPalm Bay

 
 
 

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Post by Rita Denenber » Mon, 24 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Hi!

> I'm a new quilter and I took a quilting class in Ontario, Canada.  Due
> to unforseen circumstances I never finished my quilt.  The problem is
> I moved to Florida so I can longer contact the teacher of the class
> and I can't remember the name of the book that she was teaching us out
> of.  I made a log cabin, machine quilted piece and I just have to
> finish the edge.  I was wondering if anyone knows how to complete the
> edge.  Do I sew the binding to the bottom of the quilt and then the
> top or do I sew both top and bottom at the same time.

> Thank you.
> Karen

If I understand you correctly, you would sew both at the same time. I
have directions about binding on my site (Projects I).
--
Rita
http://myquilts.hypermart.net
 
 
 

Finishing Quilt Edge

Post by Elliso » Tue, 25 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Howdy!
  Shoot, Karen, you're almost done w/ your quilt!
  When I get to the almost-finished stage, I stitch a
1/4" "finishing" line around the quilt, to make sure I
got it all together; then:      I cut straight-grain binding,
about 2" to 2 1/2" wide, down the length of the fabric;
fold it in half, sew (by machine or hand) the front piece,
then flip it to the back to whip-stitch it.  
   Good luck!
--
Ragmop
http://home.att.net/~Ellison-Texas



Quote:
> Hi!

> I'm a new quilter and I took a quilting class in Ontario, Canada.  Due
> to unforseen circumstances I never finished my quilt.  The problem is
> I moved to Florida so I can longer contact the teacher of the class
> and I can't remember the name of the book that she was teaching us out
> of.  I made a log cabin, machine quilted piece and I just have to
> finish the edge.  I was wondering if anyone knows how to complete the
> edge.  Do I sew the binding to the bottom of the quilt and then the
> top or do I sew both top and bottom at the same time.

> Thank you.
> Karen

 
 
 

Finishing Quilt Edge

Post by Kim Fishe » Tue, 25 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Hi!

[..] I made a log cabin, machine quilted piece and I just have to

Quote:
> finish the edge.  I was wondering if anyone knows how to complete the
> edge.  Do I sew the binding to the bottom of the quilt and then the
> top or do I sew both top and bottom at the same time.

There are probably a lot of ways to finish a quilt, here's the one I
use. I make a binding by folding/ironing a strip the correct length in
half (the width of this strip can vary by your preference, I tend to
make a very narrow binding) Place the double raw edge of the binding
against the raw edge of the quilt, with the fold toward the middle of
the quilt. Sew the binding on through all the layers of the quilt, with
a 1/4" seam allowance. If you haven't trimmed the quilt yet, do so now.
Then fold over the 'fold' of the binding toward the back, and finish by
handsewing.

Congratulations on your quilt!
Also Kim

 
 
 

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Post by sarah curr » Tue, 25 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Howdy!
>   Shoot, Karen, you're almost done w/ your quilt!
>   When I get to the almost-finished stage, I stitch a
> 1/4" "finishing" line around the quilt, to make sure I
> got it all together; then:      I cut straight-grain binding,
> about 2" to 2 1/2" wide, down the length of the fabric;
> fold it in half, sew (by machine or hand) the front piece,
> then flip it to the back to whip-stitch it.
>    Good luck!
> --
> Ragmop
> http://home.att.net/~Ellison-Texas

> And I'm with Ragmop, Karen -- SOME people (I am NOT in that group) have
> figured out a way to do the top and bottom at the same time -- but I don't
> sew a straight enough seam. (that's one excuse, anyway).  If you possibly
> can, get Harriet Hargraves' book (Heirloom Machine Quilting) which has
> GOOD instructions (with GOOD pictures) for binding your quilt.

    So, I do exactly what Ragmop does -- including the little 1/8"
quick-stitch all around the outside of the quilt (which does a couple of
things -- helps you figure out where you are (including those times when
you've cut the backing off a wee bit CLOSE, sigh); and it keeps those seams
which end at the edge from coming apart as you "rassle" that quilt during
the quilting process).  Then, a 2 1/2" strip of binding, folded in half
lengthwise, with the raw edge stitched to the raw edge of the quilt.
Dunno if anyone else has this happen, but I also end up with one side of the
binding, after I've flipped it, WIDER than the other side.  Of course, I
can't remember which way it goes (and I have to do a little practice-thingy
for this one, too -- EVERY time), but if I want the binding on the front to
be thin -- or if I want it wider -- I'll sew the binding on from the front,
or the back.
    Enjoy!
    Sarah in Las Cruces, NM
 
 
 

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Post by Elliso » Wed, 26 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Howdy!
  Yepper-do!   Sometimes the binding's wider on the
back than it needs to be, but, I adjust.    That's the
great part about hand-sewing:  I can adjust almost anything!
<g>
   The rest of the binding process, I do like Sarah describes.  
--
Ragmop
http://home.att.net/~Ellison-Texas



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Quote:
> > And I'm with Ragmop, Karen -- SOME people (I am NOT in that group) have
> > figured out a way to do the top and bottom at the same time -- but I
don't
> > sew a straight enough seam. (that's one excuse, anyway).  If you
possibly
> > can, get Harriet Hargraves' book (Heirloom Machine Quilting) which has
> > GOOD instructions (with GOOD pictures) for binding your quilt.

>     So, I do exactly what Ragmop does -- including the little 1/8"
> quick-stitch all around the outside of the quilt (which does a couple of
> things -- helps you figure out where you are (including those times when
> you've cut the backing off a wee bit CLOSE, sigh); and it keeps those
seams
> which end at the edge from coming apart as you "rassle" that quilt during
> the quilting process).  Then, a 2 1/2" strip of binding, folded in half
> lengthwise, with the raw edge stitched to the raw edge of the quilt.
> Dunno if anyone else has this happen, but I also end up with one side of
the
> binding, after I've flipped it, WIDER than the other side.  Of course, I
> can't remember which way it goes (and I have to do a little
practice-thingy
> for this one, too -- EVERY time), but if I want the binding on the front
to
> be thin -- or if I want it wider -- I'll sew the binding on from the
front,
> or the back.
>     Enjoy!
>     Sarah in Las Cruces, NM

 
 
 

Finishing Quilt Edge

Post by Ginger Hamilto » Thu, 27 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Because I can't do much hand work, I sew the binding on the back FIRST and
then sew it on the front.  All by machine.  I also leave an extra 1/4" of
backing and batt, extending beyond the top,  to "fatten up" the edge of the
quilt.
Ginger Hamilton
Westminster, Colorado
 
 
 

Finishing Quilt Edge

Post by SbTorre » Fri, 28 Aug 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>Because I can't do much hand work, I sew the binding on the back FIRST and
>then sew it on the front.  All by machine.  I also leave an extra 1/4" of
>backing and batt, extending beyond the top,  to "fatten up" the edge of the
>quilt.

You can also do this by sewing the binding on the front, then turning it to the
back and sewing it "in the ditch" from the front side.  You do need your
binding to extend a little further on the back, instead of just to the
stitching line.
---ttfn---     Susan
a Canadian in Panama City