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As I made some bias binding this afternoon, I was thinking it was somewhat tedious and awkward, but rather satisfying as I'm cutting (with scissors, even) what seems like miles and miles of binding.  That a smallish piece of fabric can just go on forever is rather mind boggling.

And as it turns out, I have about 100 inches more than what I need!   How did that happen?  Since I'm mathematically challenged, I used a chart.  It said for x inches of binding cut at x width, I'd need 2/3 of a  yard for bias binding.  It's possible my chart was for regular bias binding and not continuous, but I would think it would be the same for both.  I'm guessing I should have cut it into a square and not used the entire width of fabric.  At any rate, I may be able to bind a future baby quilt with the leftovers.  

Just another "happy accident" from my quilt corner.

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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 29, 2017 at 4:23am

Peggy, your method for figuring binding is the same one I use for straight binding, only I was taught to add and extra 14" instead of your 10".  I've always had enough extra to make me feel comfortable.  This binding is striped, and it's going on a kid's twin size quilt that will be used and washed a lot.  I always use a double-fold binding, whether straight or bias.  I completely agree with you that bias binding is a lot more work!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 28, 2017 at 9:33pm

I only make bias binding if the fabric is striped, checked or plaid. Supposedly it wears better, but it’s so much trouble. Good for you, ending up with extra! I add up the dimensions of my Quilt (L and W), double it to get the total perimeter, then add 10” to have enough for the corners and overlap. I’ve had more than I needed before, but never not enough.

Comment by Barbara Graham on December 22, 2017 at 3:59pm

It started snowing late this morning (Friday) and it appears to be prepared to continue. We are supposed to fly out of our small airport tomorrow at 6:30 AM. If the plane can't get here tonight, well, hmmmm. It is impossible to guess what will happen.

Comment by Pam/NY on December 22, 2017 at 1:13pm

LOL A quilter after my own heart!!!!

Comment by Irene Gallway on December 21, 2017 at 4:10pm

It's hard to judge how much binding to make. I sew a few strips together and then I pin one end to one of the corners and then roughly run it around the quilt to see if it goes all around or if i need to add another strip.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 21, 2017 at 4:03pm

Are  you getting snow today, Barbara?  We've just had a skiff.  

Comment by Barbara Graham on December 21, 2017 at 3:43pm

Ah, a quilter after my own heart! I either end up with lots of excess or I have "almost" enough.  Better safe than sorry.

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