I have just made my binding for my Roses quilt.  When I made my binding I made straight joins in the fabric, but should I have made 45 degree joins?  Previously I have made a binding with 45 degree joins in it? I am wondering what the norm is people. I have read some magazines and books and there seems no right or wrong way.  So I thought I would seek further information from you guys out in the quilting world.  Can anyone suggest anything further on this matter.  Thanks heaps. Julie.

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I'm not sure what the "rule" is, but when I took quilting classes to learn all the "how-tos" I was taught to do 45 degree angles when joining binding.  I do think it looks better.

Thanks Karen for your response.  I agree that the 45 degree angle certainly looks better.  When I made my binding it was extremely late and didn't really think about it when I started sewing.  Oops!!!!!!!  I made my binding with all straight seams.  I won't be making that mistake again.  Thanks and happy quilting Julie.

Hello, I do it both ways. But I like the 45 degree rule. I go by this thought. If it is for a very special person one way and just a quick project the other way.

Julia thanks for taking time to answer my question.  I am unsure to whether I will unpick my binding. I am in two minds at the moment.  One reason for not doing this will it damage my edge of the quilt?

Julie, from all I've read in the books and magazines the way is the 45 degree. I mostly self taught. I've taken a few classes and they say also to do it that way. But I say that if you feel that you like it and it makes you feel good, leave it alone. Don't change a thing. You have a different way to do your binding.

While a straight join is perfectly fine I generally encourage a 45 degree join for 2 reasons:

1) when the binding is attached it reduces the bulk of the join.  If you feel the join you just made and the join made with a 45 degree join you will feel that the bulk is distributed over several inches because of the angle & distance traveled in the join.

2) visually this type of join isn't noticed by the eye the same way a straight join is noticed.



As far as I am concerned there are very few right and wrongs, just stuff that makes life easier and you gotta do what works for your design choices and sewing preferences.  I made a binding with a whole bunch of 12" strips, all joined on the straight.  I'll never do that again.  too much bulk in all the joins.  Because of that bulk my preference is for the 45.  I was told/taught that the 45 somehow tricks the eye so it doesn't see the seam.

Thank you very much for all your very informative emails.  Your answers have helped me leave my straight seamed binding as it is.  I am proud to say that my Roses quilt is almost completed.  I have been working very hard on this project. I have been stumped by my design for the top layer as I can't do free motion quilting as yet.  I have done some echo quilting in various positions which looks reasonably balanced. I have signed up at craftsy.com and are doing a course in machine quilting and more.  So far the course is very good and I have learnt quite a few things that my teacher has neglected to tell me.  I really think she did know these things in the first place.  But I might be to critical as the quilting world is very very big and infinite. Well that's it from me for now. Happy quilting Julie.

I've always mitered my corners, but I wish I knew how to do it the other way for my little Alzheimer's quilts.  It would be so much easier for me to do on those small ones.  I also wish I could remember the old way of putting the ends together.  I now do the disappearing way where you can't tell where the binding begins or where it ends, but I used to know how to put one end into the other and then turn it over to sew.  I really wish I could remember how to do it that way because the disappearing way is sooooo hard to do on small quilts!

By the way, here is another place that gives free machine quilting lessons: http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/  Under the education section you'll find free videos.

Can't wait to see your roses quilt!

I like the 45 joints so there is less bulk since it runs diagonal instead of lining up front/back on the binding side.

If any of the Newbies are interested, I've posted a tutorial blog on bias binding a scalloped quilt. Just go to my page (Riana Noyes) and click on the words "blogs posted" under the badge/ address area:)


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