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TOPIC: Bias or Straight binding?

16 May 2009 22:27 #35279

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What absolutely beautiful quilts! You must be patting yourself on the back-vigorously!!!!!

My understanding of the reason for bias is that if the edge begins to wear in a spot, it won't run the whole length of the quilt because it will simply run the length of that particular bias section of the binding.

Having said that, I would use bias, vs. straight because I make my quilts for use - not display. Don't know what your boys intend to do with them..... I think Ricky often uses straight grain ... and like all of quilting there is probably no RIGHT and WRONG!

Your quilts are breathtaking! Good work Florence!
Lynn
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16 May 2009 22:00 #35278

thanks for the kind words... this is why I haven't been on the board much this spring, they've been ALL-consuming... and now I'm actually taking next week off from work to get them basted & hopefully well on their way to quilted. Deadline June 12... maybe I should put that on the prayer list!!
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16 May 2009 20:00 #35275

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Florence those two quilts are astounding! Both of them have so much work in them and are really beautiful. Sorry I have no real advice on the bias, just compliments. It seems to me there would be no need for bias binding since you would be mitering and not going around a curve.

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Bias or Straight binding? 16 May 2009 17:06 #35273

I usually do straight bindings, with mitered corners, on basic rectangular quilts. But one of my current quilts is trying to go "out of the box"... There are points mid-way on each side of the square, and I'm thinking of leaving them hanging out there.
(See my show & tell in my profile, I finally posted pics of the twins' graduation quilts. This question concerns Scott's, the red one.)
So this will mean a 135-degree angle, followed by 90-degree, then another 135-degree to get back to straight.
So the question is, would this be best with straight, and the 2 obtuse angles get a sort of reverse miter, or is there any reason to use bias?
Thanks, Florence
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