How to finish quilt edges?

How to finish quilt edges?

Post by Isabelle Banvill » Mon, 29 Nov 1999 04:00:00



I am almost finished with my first quilt (the Mickey Mouse for those who
have seen the first pictures, more to come soon).  Machine quilting
worked well.  I decided to use invisible thread and it looks really
good.  From reading the instructions on the batting, I decided to buy
Polyester because you only need to stitch 4-6" apart while the all
cotton needs stitching every inch! Do all of you really do that?  It
seems like a whole lot of stitching!

My question is pertaining to the edge of the quilt.  What is the best
way to finish it?  The quilts sold at Sears have some kind of bias
tape-like finish (3/4 - 1 inch).

Right now, it would be easy for me to just wrap the back border of the
quilt toward the front and make a nice seem.  Is that considered good
finish?  Is it better to cut a narrow piece of tissue and make my own
bias tape-like edge?

Please let me know what experience quilters do.  And please let me know
if there is a web site containing this information.

Thanks again.

Isabelle
-It seems like I will finish that quilt in time for Xmas after all!

 
 
 

How to finish quilt edges?

Post by Kathy Ril » Mon, 29 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Hi Isabelle:

I don't really like to wrap the back of the quilt to the front as an edge
finish.  The edges of the quilt get the most wear, and in time, you may find
that edge getting a bit frayed.  If you apply a separate binding, it can always
be replaced if and when it wears out.

I like to make binding strips cut on the straight or cross grain of the fabric.
 I find bias cut strips difficult to work with, and not really necessary unless
you are working with curved edges.

I also find that commercially prepared bias tapes tend to be of a lesser
quality than the fabric I use in my quilts, so I steer clear of those as well.

This is just my opinion based on my quilt making experiences.  You may find
bias binding easier to work with.  Try different types and see which you
prefer.

Kathy

"Work like you don't need money, love like you've never been hurt....and dance
like no one's watching !"

 
 
 

How to finish quilt edges?

Post by Roberta Zollne » Mon, 29 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Congratulations Isabelle.
I use Hobbs Heirloom for machine quilting, and it doesn't need quilting
every inch, for sure. However, I frequently fill in the entire background
with stippling because I like the look. And I prefer cotton because it
doesn't slip around as much.
For binding, cut straight-grain strips 2 1/2 inches wide, join the ends
until you have a long enough piece. If you can manage to join them with
diagonal seams, it's better for spreading the bulk. Fold the strip in half
lengthwise and press. Then stitch with raw edges to the edge of the quilt
(Double thickness, right?) When you get 1/4 inch from the end of each side,
stop, take the needle out, turn the quilt so it's ready to stitch the next
edge. Fold the binding strip back and up at a 45 degree angle, hold that
fold in place and fold the strip back down so the raw edges again match the
edge of the quilt. With a little practice, this will make a nice mitred
corner fold. I usually stitch the ends of the binding together (on a
diagonal again to spread the bulk). Then you can trim the excess batting and
backing, turn the binding to the back and stitch down by hand.
I think Rita has a much better explanation on her site if I could find the
address.
Roberta in DK


Quote:
> I am almost finished with my first quilt (the Mickey Mouse for those who
> have seen the first pictures, more to come soon).  Machine quilting
> worked well.  I decided to use invisible thread and it looks really
> good.  From reading the instructions on the batting, I decided to buy
> Polyester because you only need to stitch 4-6" apart while the all
> cotton needs stitching every inch! Do all of you really do that?  It
> seems like a whole lot of stitching!

> My question is pertaining to the edge of the quilt.  What is the best
> way to finish it?  The quilts sold at Sears have some kind of bias
> tape-like finish (3/4 - 1 inch).

> Right now, it would be easy for me to just wrap the back border of the
> quilt toward the front and make a nice seem.  Is that considered good
> finish?  Is it better to cut a narrow piece of tissue and make my own
> bias tape-like edge?

> Please let me know what experience quilters do.  And please let me know
> if there is a web site containing this information.

> Thanks again.

> Isabelle
> -It seems like I will finish that quilt in time for Xmas after all!

 
 
 

How to finish quilt edges?

Post by Sandra/Sand » Mon, 29 Nov 1999 04:00:00


I have been looking for this book without success all day, and Mary Beth
happened to mention the same book in a reply to someone else.  Here it
is and it is great for giving ideas about bindings:
Quote:
>you might want to find a copy of Happy Endings by Mimi Dietrich

--
Besos, Sandra/Sandy
http://www.love-that-luis.com

Have fun with our guy!

 
 
 

How to finish quilt edges?

Post by John McKinno » Tue, 30 Nov 1999 04:00:00


My LQS has recently got in a roll of the Hobbs, and it's just wonderful and
really reasonable in price, for Australia.  I am a bit confused as to the exact
$$ at the moment, but I will check it out.  I am glad that you said you don't
need to quilt every inch.  Any ideas as to just how wide apart the stitching can
be?  I will definitely try it on my next project!

John

Quote:

> Congratulations Isabelle.
> I use Hobbs Heirloom for machine quilting, and it doesn't need quilting
> every inch, for sure. However, I frequently fill in the entire background
> with stippling because I like the look. And I prefer cotton because it
> doesn't slip around as much.

--
John
Armidale NSW Australia
 
 
 

How to finish quilt edges?

Post by Chickenlad » Tue, 30 Nov 1999 04:00:00


I have brought the back over to the front of quilts and hand stitiched the
egde down, and for some quilts, i think that looks best (you tend to get a
wide edge with this method.  I have also made my own bias tape for binding
quilts - sometimes with one piece of fabric, and sometimes as a scrappy
binding (It depends on my mood, the fabric I have left, and what I think
will look best on the quilt).  I have also used bought binding (when I
didn't have time/couldn't be bothered to make the binding myself).  I have
also used straight strips of fabric, cut with the grain rather than on the
bias to bind a quilt - again, it depends on my mood/the look of the quilt..

I would say do what suits you best, and what you feel up to tackling.  The
binding that you buy is not the same quality that you can make yourself, but
if you don't mind that, it is probably one of the simplest methods.

Chicken


Quote:
> I am almost finished with my first quilt (the Mickey Mouse for those who
> have seen the first pictures, more to come soon).  Machine quilting
> worked well.  I decided to use invisible thread and it looks really
> good.  From reading the instructions on the batting, I decided to buy
> Polyester because you only need to stitch 4-6" apart while the all
> cotton needs stitching every inch! Do all of you really do that?  It
> seems like a whole lot of stitching!

> My question is pertaining to the edge of the quilt.  What is the best
> way to finish it?  The quilts sold at Sears have some kind of bias
> tape-like finish (3/4 - 1 inch).

> Right now, it would be easy for me to just wrap the back border of the
> quilt toward the front and make a nice seem.  Is that considered good
> finish?  Is it better to cut a narrow piece of tissue and make my own
> bias tape-like edge?

> Please let me know what experience quilters do.  And please let me know
> if there is a web site containing this information.

> Thanks again.

> Isabelle
> -It seems like I will finish that quilt in time for Xmas after all!

 
 
 

How to finish quilt edges?

Post by Rita Denenber » Tue, 30 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Didn't see the original post so have to piggy back on Chickenlady's. I have
instructions on bias seam binding on my site. Just go to projects after clicking
on the Hypermart addy below my sig. Instructions are for bias tube.
--
Rita
http://myquilts.hypermart.net
http://www.geocities.com/Wellesley/4240/

Quote:

> I have brought the back over to the front of quilts and hand stitiched the
> egde down, and for some quilts, i think that looks best (you tend to get a
> wide edge with this method.  I have also made my own bias tape for binding
> quilts - sometimes with one piece of fabric, and sometimes as a scrappy
> binding (It depends on my mood, the fabric I have left, and what I think
> will look best on the quilt).  I have also used bought binding (when I
> didn't have time/couldn't be bothered to make the binding myself).  I have
> also used straight strips of fabric, cut with the grain rather than on the
> bias to bind a quilt - again, it depends on my mood/the look of the quilt..

> I would say do what suits you best, and what you feel up to tackling.  The
> binding that you buy is not the same quality that you can make yourself, but
> if you don't mind that, it is probably one of the simplest methods.

> Chicken



> > I am almost finished with my first quilt (the Mickey Mouse for those who
> > have seen the first pictures, more to come soon).  Machine quilting
> > worked well.  I decided to use invisible thread and it looks really
> > good.  From reading the instructions on the batting, I decided to buy
> > Polyester because you only need to stitch 4-6" apart while the all
> > cotton needs stitching every inch! Do all of you really do that?  It
> > seems like a whole lot of stitching!

> > My question is pertaining to the edge of the quilt.  What is the best
> > way to finish it?  The quilts sold at Sears have some kind of bias
> > tape-like finish (3/4 - 1 inch).

> > Right now, it would be easy for me to just wrap the back border of the
> > quilt toward the front and make a nice seem.  Is that considered good
> > finish?  Is it better to cut a narrow piece of tissue and make my own
> > bias tape-like edge?

> > Please let me know what experience quilters do.  And please let me know
> > if there is a web site containing this information.

> > Thanks again.

> > Isabelle
> > -It seems like I will finish that quilt in time for Xmas after all!

--
Rita
http://myquilts.hypermart.net
http://www.geocities.com/Wellesley/4240/
 
 
 

How to finish quilt edges?

Post by ..Mickie Swall. » Tue, 30 Nov 1999 04:00:00


(re-posting this with an altered subject line)


Quote:
> Reading from a Hobb's Heirloom Premium
> Cotton Batting label:
>   "...can be quilted as close as 1/4" and as
> far as 3 1/2" apart.  Close quilting will be very
> flat, and more space between the quilting will
> give a slight amount of loft."
> My experience with this has so far only been
> machine quilting, mainly in-the-ditch, with just
> a bit of free motion, most of it at least 3" apart.
> Hope this helps
> Mudkat



> > My LQS has recently got in a roll of the Hobbs, and it's just wonderful
> and
> > really reasonable in price, for Australia.  I am a bit confused as to
the
> exact
> > $$ at the moment, but I will check it out.  I am glad that you said you
> don't
> > need to quilt every inch.  Any ideas as to just how wide apart the
> stitching can
> > be?  I will definitely try it on my next project!

> > John


> > > Congratulations Isabelle.
> > > I use Hobbs Heirloom for machine quilting, and it doesn't need
quilting
> > > every inch, for sure. However, I frequently fill in the entire
> background
> > > with stippling because I like the look. And I prefer cotton because it
> > > doesn't slip around as much.

> > --
> > John
> > Armidale NSW Australia

 
 
 

How to finish quilt edges?

Post by Elliso » Tue, 30 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Howdy!
  It's from Texas, you know.

Ragmop, couldn't resist ;-D

Quote:

>(re-posting this with an altered subject line)



>> Reading from a Hobb's Heirloom Premium
>> Cotton Batting label:
>>   "...can be quilted as close as 1/4" and as
>> far as 3 1/2" apart.  Close quilting will be very
>> flat, and more space between the quilting will
>> give a slight amount of loft."
>> My experience with this has so far only been
>> machine quilting, mainly in-the-ditch, with just
>> a bit of free motion, most of it at least 3" apart.
>> Hope this helps
>> Mudkat



>> > My LQS has recently got in a roll of the Hobbs, and it's just wonderful
>> and
>> > really reasonable in price, for Australia.  I am a bit confused as to
>the
>> exact
>> > $$ at the moment, but I will check it out.  I am glad that you said you
>> don't
>> > need to quilt every inch.  Any ideas as to just how wide apart the
>> stitching can
>> > be?  I will definitely try it on my next project!

>> > John


>> > > Congratulations Isabelle.
>> > > I use Hobbs Heirloom for machine quilting, and it doesn't need
>quilting
>> > > every inch, for sure. However, I frequently fill in the entire
>> background
>> > > with stippling because I like the look. And I prefer cotton because
it
>> > > doesn't slip around as much.

>> > --
>> > John
>> > Armidale NSW Australia

 
 
 

How to finish quilt edges?

Post by Roberta Zollne » Tue, 30 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Ha! Texas, home of giant batts. Knew there was something strange about the
place.
Roberta in DK


Quote:
> Howdy!
>   It's from Texas, you know.

> Ragmop, couldn't resist ;-D


> >(re-posting this with an altered subject line)



> >> Reading from a Hobb's Heirloom Premium
> >> Cotton Batting label:
> >>   "...can be quilted as close as 1/4" and as
> >> far as 3 1/2" apart.  Close quilting will be very
> >> flat, and more space between the quilting will
> >> give a slight amount of loft."
> >> My experience with this has so far only been
> >> machine quilting, mainly in-the-ditch, with just
> >> a bit of free motion, most of it at least 3" apart.
> >> Hope this helps
> >> Mudkat



> >> > My LQS has recently got in a roll of the Hobbs, and it's just
wonderful
> >> and
> >> > really reasonable in price, for Australia.  I am a bit confused as to
> >the
> >> exact
> >> > $$ at the moment, but I will check it out.  I am glad that you said
you
> >> don't
> >> > need to quilt every inch.  Any ideas as to just how wide apart the
> >> stitching can
> >> > be?  I will definitely try it on my next project!

> >> > John


> >> > > Congratulations Isabelle.
> >> > > I use Hobbs Heirloom for machine quilting, and it doesn't need
> >quilting
> >> > > every inch, for sure. However, I frequently fill in the entire
> >> background
> >> > > with stippling because I like the look. And I prefer cotton because
> it
> >> > > doesn't slip around as much.

> >> > --
> >> > John
> >> > Armidale NSW Australia

 
 
 

How to finish quilt edges?

Post by Lynne in Toront » Tue, 30 Nov 1999 04:00:00


Isn't EVERYTHING bigger in Texas??? Including the batts?

Cheers,

Lynne in Toronto

Quote:

> Ha! Texas, home of giant batts. Knew there was something strange about the
> place.
> Roberta in DK



> > Howdy!
> >   It's from Texas, you know.

> > Ragmop, couldn't resist ;-D


> > >(re-posting this with an altered subject line)



> > >> Reading from a Hobb's Heirloom Premium
> > >> Cotton Batting label:
> > >>   "...can be quilted as close as 1/4" and as
> > >> far as 3 1/2" apart.  Close quilting will be very
> > >> flat, and more space between the quilting will
> > >> give a slight amount of loft."
> > >> My experience with this has so far only been
> > >> machine quilting, mainly in-the-ditch, with just
> > >> a bit of free motion, most of it at least 3" apart.
> > >> Hope this helps
> > >> Mudkat



> > >> > My LQS has recently got in a roll of the Hobbs, and it's just
> wonderful
> > >> and
> > >> > really reasonable in price, for Australia.  I am a bit confused as to
> > >the
> > >> exact
> > >> > $$ at the moment, but I will check it out.  I am glad that you said
> you
> > >> don't
> > >> > need to quilt every inch.  Any ideas as to just how wide apart the
> > >> stitching can
> > >> > be?  I will definitely try it on my next project!

> > >> > John


> > >> > > Congratulations Isabelle.
> > >> > > I use Hobbs Heirloom for machine quilting, and it doesn't need
> > >quilting
> > >> > > every inch, for sure. However, I frequently fill in the entire
> > >> background
> > >> > > with stippling because I like the look. And I prefer cotton because
> > it
> > >> > > doesn't slip around as much.

> > >> > --
> > >> > John
> > >> > Armidale NSW Australia

 
 
 

How to finish quilt edges?

Post by John McKinno » Wed, 01 Dec 1999 04:00:00


Hiya and Howdy Ragmop.  Well of course it is, 'cause all good things come from
Texas don't they?  (That's what you KEEP telling me! <VBG>)   I got myself a
metre today, and it's quite luxurious. I fell in love with it a few weeks ago at
my last quilting class.  The teacher handed out squares of this and some
quilters muslin and we went to town with it, madly quilting up a storm, and it
seemed to cope quite well!  At only about $9US a metre, for the wide stuff, it
's a bargain.  I'd say it's nearly 8 feet wide, although I am NOT getting out my
tape measure to check it out....long pause.....(Acutally, I just had to know the
truth, and yep, after the official check,  it's 8 feet wide!!)   The
instructions say that you can quilt anything from 1/4" to 10" apart.  Tell me,
those who've used this, 10" sounds a bit wide for comfort!  True?  And does it
shrink much??  They say up to 5%!

So thanks for the answers, in advance.  BFN,

John

Quote:

> Howdy!
>   It's from Texas, you know.

> Ragmop, couldn't resist ;-D

--
John
Armidale NSW Australia
 
 
 

How to finish quilt edges?

Post by colle » Wed, 01 Dec 1999 04:00:00


OK, John, so for the other Aussies here, how much is it in Australian $$$$?
I'd love to know!

Janet in Oz
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.....

Quote:

>Hiya and Howdy Ragmop.  Well of course it is, 'cause all good things come
from
>Texas don't they?  (That's what you KEEP telling me! <VBG>)   I got myself
a
>metre today, and it's quite luxurious. I fell in love with it a few weeks
ago at
>my last quilting class.  The teacher handed out squares of this and some
>quilters muslin and we went to town with it, madly quilting up a storm, and
it
>seemed to cope quite well!  At only about $9US a metre, for the wide stuff,
it
>'s a bargain.  I'd say it's nearly 8 feet wide, although I am NOT getting
out my
>tape measure to check it out....long pause.....(Acutally, I just had to
know the
>truth, and yep, after the official check,  it's 8 feet wide!!)   The
>instructions say that you can quilt anything from 1/4" to 10" apart.  Tell
me,
>those who've used this, 10" sounds a bit wide for comfort!  True?  And does
it
>shrink much??  They say up to 5%!

>So thanks for the answers, in advance.  BFN,

>John


>> Howdy!
>>   It's from Texas, you know.

>> Ragmop, couldn't resist ;-D

>--
>John
>Armidale NSW Australia

 
 
 

How to finish quilt edges?

Post by John McKinno » Wed, 01 Dec 1999 04:00:00


$14 per metre for the cotton batting by Hobbs!  The polyester pellon I use is
$7.50 pm but only 115cm wide, which is less than half! It has a high loft though
and is quite "springy" (like my technical terminology?  <BG>)   The cotton is
much wider at 240cm.  Then there's wool I use at $15pm, but again, a bit
narrower at only 210cm!  Sorry about the metric measurements, ladies.  I am too
tired to convert!  Time for some zzzzzzzzz'z

See ya,

John

Quote:

> OK, John, so for the other Aussies here, how much is it in Australian $$$$?
> I'd love to know!

> Janet in Oz
> What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.....


--
John
Armidale NSW Australia