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Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas gift help wanted!!

I just finished a octagon table topper...............but how do I attach the binding? I fell in love with the pattern and forgot I don't know how to bind it. Can anyone explain or send me to a website that has directions. If directions are long my addy is ggmpm2000 at aol dot com
Thanks much, Phyllis in Minnesota


  • At December 18, 2009 at 9:19 PM , Blogger Jane in NC said...

    I haven't explored web sites but I'd suggest you Google Fons and Porter and go to their web site. The pattern maker shouldn't have omitted the binding instructions. I assume that you will have to use bias binding and miter the inside corners and perhaps the outside corners by backing up a stitch then rounding the outside corners. I'm talking off the top of my head and haven't ever done it. Just thinking "out loud" so to speak.

  • At December 19, 2009 at 12:40 PM , Blogger pirate said...

    Eventhough the corners are not square like a quilt, just miter them with the same technique.

    You won't get a 45° miter; you'll get something else but it doesn't matter *what*, because it'll miter just the same.

    Be sure to start/stop your binding in one of the straight edges between the corners! In other words, do NOT start/stop your binding at a corner. That would result in a VERY bulky corner and look awful.

    My personal preference is to always use bias binding. Since this octagonal quilt doesn't have curved edges, you don't HAVE to use bias. However, using bias binding (especially double fold bias) is absolutely, positively the most durable edge you can put on a quilted item. Edges always take the brunt of abuse and wear; straight of grain binding or even worse, single fold binding, will wear through much, much sooner than bias binding.

  • At December 19, 2009 at 9:08 PM , Blogger Phyllis in Minnesota said...

    Thanks ladies!! I just finished the binding and it looks great. Whenever I have difficulty or questions, quilt.com is always the first place I go for help and have never been disappointed. Quilters are the BEST!


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