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.
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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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.
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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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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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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I always use 3" strips for my bindings.
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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Debbie from OKC
I always make my own bindings.
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.
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.
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.
Diana (Bink) in East Tn.