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Annie posted on Thu, Feb 14 2013 7:37 AM

While I was browsing through my LQS, I came upon a demo quilt that had a wider than usual binding.  The gal who made the quilt just happened to be working there at the time and she showed me her technique.  She used 3" strips instead of 2.5 and did some other tricks while turning the mitered corners.  I tried it at home but failed miserably.  I liked the wider look, and since have gone back to 2.5 strips, I have been using 2.25" for a while but now love the wider look.  

Has anyone used strips wider than 2.5" for binding?  and my question to you all is what is your favorite binding width and do you have any great tricks to the trade for that perfect binding.  I thought I had seen it all, but I was truly mistaken.  I will go back to LQS and take some pictures and post them.

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Annie I have used 3 in strips for binding I don't do it all the time,but it does have a nice look ,I find my miter coners are easier to do with the 3in strips .

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Kris replied on Thu, Feb 14 2013 11:29 AM

I've only used three inch strips when I have a thicker quilt and 2.25 or 2.5 would be too small to hold the edges.

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MNnancy replied on Thu, Feb 14 2013 12:07 PM

I almost always cut 3" binding strips.  I attach with a 3/8" seam, so that eats up a little bit of it.  I finish my bindings by machine using stitch-in-the-ditch (Martelli's system) and I like the finished look. NOTE: I do not enter my quilts in shows.


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I cut 2-1/4" strips. It gives a nice full binding and it lines up on the front and back. Like Kris, if I were to use a thicker batting I'd need to go up to 2-1/2"


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Michelle replied on Thu, Feb 14 2013 12:38 PM
I also like my bindings wider. Most of my quilts I make the back 4 inches wider than the top then turn over 2x to give it an inch wide binding on the front when I finish. Then I hand or machine see the binding to the front. If I do a separate binding I also do either a 3 in or even wider to give me that wide look. I think I just like the wide look, like a blanket binding. I also leave plenty of batting in the binding to give it a thicker feel. So far the "binding police" have been kind to me and let me go with only a "warning".

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Annie replied on Thu, Feb 14 2013 12:54 PM

Wow, I am surprised to hear how many of you out there use the 3" width.  I too, like the wider look and will try it on my next quilt.  

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ls2116 replied on Thu, Feb 14 2013 1:15 PM

I think I"ve been using 2.5 strip i think I'll bump that up to 3 or 3.5 inch.

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Nana replied on Thu, Feb 14 2013 1:29 PM

Annie

I always use 3" strips for my bindings.

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Debbie replied on Thu, Feb 14 2013 1:48 PM

I've always cut a 2" binding but like the idea of 3".  I may try that on the 2 I have to get quilted and then bind.  Do you all make your own binding?

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Nana replied on Thu, Feb 14 2013 2:31 PM

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I always make my own bindings.

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I make my own bindings. Cut the strips, sew them together (angled) to make the length needed to go around the quilt, iron in half lengthwise and you're good to go.

Sometimes I'll do the bias method if I'm using a plaid or striped fabric for the binding. I like the kind of design a bias cut gives.


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I like the look of pieced bindings, but the extra seams make it easier to miss the binding edge when I'm doing the stitch-in-the ditch finish step.


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Diana replied on Thu, Feb 14 2013 5:04 PM

I usually use 2 1/4 inch bindings.  I have a habit of looking for diagonal stripes so that when they are cut straight of grain, they still look like a barber's pole.  I buy some of the wackiest fabrics because if the colors work and since I only see a small amount,  it usually works great.  You'd be surprised at some of my strange binding fabrics.

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MNnancy, I haven't seen a pieced binding ? Do you have any pictures of this? Would love to try something new.

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