Thursday, June 21, 2007

Q*U*E*S*T*I*O*N

If you thread baste a quilt, can you bind it before hand quilting it?

11 comments:

Vicky aka stichr said...

I don't see why not. I do things like that so I don't have to breathe the mini fibers floating around my snozzz.

Vicki W said...

It's just a guess - I haven't test this, but I think that the quilting stitches draw up the quilt enough that the outside dimensions to change a bit. If you bind it first you may risk having a slight ruffle on the edge of the quilt after quilting.

Jeanne said...

I at least run a row of staystitching around the outer edge before I hand quilt. More often I actually sew the binding around ... and then blindstitch it down a thread's-worth now and then as a change of pace from the quilting.
I find that some type of machine stitching around the perimeter helps keep everything together. But of course everyone's different -- no "right" answers.
Jeanne :)

Hanne said...

Off course you can :-)

May Britt said...

Never never put the binding on a quilt before you handquilt it!!! I only baste the back up on the front of the quilt so I keep the batting on place.

Shelina said...

Hmm, I have no idea, but I enjoy seeing all the varying opinions. I like the idea of covering up the edges so that they won't be in your way, and you won't have any fuzzy things showing, but I can see how that could be a problem if you stretch the fabric. On the other hand the binding might help keep you from stretching.
Are you using a quilting hoop? I would think that would help you from stretching too much. It probably also depends on how meticulous you are about basting.
I think I would be afraid that if I bound first, I might consider the quilt done before its time. :)
Note that this opinion is coming from someone who hasn't hand quilted anything besides one little pillow.

Quilting Pirate said...

I agree with May....do not put the binding on before quilting (hand or machine). You should never square up a quilt until it's quilted.

Patti said...

As long as it is thread basted well - about every 3-4 inches in all directions, you can definitely bind it first. I've done this several times and it works just fine.

flippytale Quilter (Christine) said...

I don't until I get close to the border. I want to square my quilt up before I bind it and the quilting sometimes shifts things. I will baste the edge of the backing over a bit to keep the raw edges protected if I am hand quilting.

Rian said...

Go for it. You can square it up later by getting it wet.

Patti said...

As long as it's stretched evenly so all three layers lay smoothly together, and your thread basting is no farther apart than 3" to 4" in both directions, then the answer is yes. I used to do it all the time. If your thread basting is much farther apart, however, the layers can still shift.

I'm guessing this question is WAY to old for my answer to do you any good - I'm sorry!