Thanks May..i did it this way with the other 21" square..it worked fine, but i needed more that it yielded. That is all the fabric i had left, of the blue stripe, from the little quilt i just made..2 squares. lol i would say that is cutting it way to close. Plan "B" was to try to fine a blue or brown that would go with it.. it is all quilted now..tomorrow, the binding will go on.
Feb 11, 2013, 08:01 PM
Love the quilt....
May "In Michigan"
Feb 11, 2013, 08:05 PM
The reason for the bias being stronger is that the straight binding has the weave all heading along the fold lines whereas the bias has different parts of the weave along the fold.
That said, I only do bias when I want strips to do the spiral effect or it's a curved border.
Kim, your cuts are still parallel to the lines instead of on the true bias. I just cut my bias strips from the fabric and then seam them rather than your tube sewing.
I'm not sure any of what I just posted makes any sense, so if it doesn't just ignore it.
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Feb 11, 2013, 09:39 PM
Good point, needlecrazy, about the weave. Never did hear that before.
I'm with you on trying to achieve the twisted stripe; I'd make the bias cuts and sew them together. Wonder how cutting a bias square to begin with would work?
Feb 12, 2013, 01:26 AM
Kim I have been making bias binding for 20+ years with that tube method. And if I'm not careful with those triangles I will end up with straight of grain binding every time.
Feb 12, 2013, 06:36 AM
Kim - Strut526
when i am done with this quilt, i will work with some muslin, mark a couple lines of it, to represent stripes, and just play around, do see what i did or didn't do. Thanks for all the ideas and links!
Feb 12, 2013, 08:19 AM
I'm in the camp which always uses bias binding. But the continuous kind - don't you have to mark, then cut with scissors? That method worries me. I'm not sure I'd cut straight enough. So I cut the bias strips, then join together. Oh well. There's a rebel in every crowd, right?
ETA - I love making bias plaid or striped binding. It adds an extra touch. Good luck with your binding project!This message has been edited. Last edited by: SeeingStars,
I have of those that use the serger to cut the tube. No thread in the needle or loopers. Goes fast, but do have to watch the seams.
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Feb 12, 2013, 10:11 AM
It's been a while since I did it that way, but I too came out with straight grain at least once. I caught it early enough one time to unsew and resew along the correct edges.
I now just lay the fabric flat, cut across at a 45 degree angle, then cut in the appropriate width strips and sew together...making certain I mix the short and long lengths so that I don't have a bunch of short pieces side by side.
This is what I have been wanting to learn!! ) Perfect timeing!!
When I first tried it - the continuous bias tube method - when I sewed the triangles together, it just did not look right! So, I did some frog sewing and took it to a friends house... yup, I had done it wrong and even when she showed me how - it still is not computing in my brain!!! But I want to learn this skill - because I to want the angles down the side of my quilt and straight bias won't do it!! I should just do the cut the strips and sew method, but by sewing two seams (so they say!) you end up with TONS of bias.... so I do want to lean how to do it!
Thanks for this topic. And yes, bias is supposed to be stronger because of the way the threads lay on it.... just like Needlecrazy said!
Feb 12, 2013, 02:15 PM
The tutorial I posted shows step by step photos ... makes it very clear.