Wednesday, May 12, 2010

2 1/2" or 2 1/4"

Bindings... do you like yours standard or skinny?  2 1/2" or 2 1/4"?

Usually, when I cut my binding strips, I use the standard 2 1/2" measurement.  It's fine.  It works.  I was reading this book by Sandy Klopp and she was explaining that when she uses a thin cotton batting, she prefers 2 1/4" strips.  That got me thinking...  My quilt edges never seemed full and tight.  My corners are never quite right.  I use thin cotton batting.  Could it be??

I tried it and I LOVE it!

So from now on, I like my bindings like I like my lattes.. skinny.

Skinny jeans?  Not on this Mama.  But that is a story for another time.  : )


  1. There you go back up to the top of my blog list. ;-) Mine would actually be at the bottom at the moment I think!
    I usually cut them at 2.5 inches, but last night as I was sewing the binding onto the 9-patch (yes! *that* 9 patch!) I had to make my seam a bit wider than the usual 1/4 inch. Cutting the binding a bit skinnier would solve that problem I suppose - very good idea!
    Skinny jeans are not for me either. Oh no, no, no. Bridget asked me a couple of days ago - Mum, since your tummy is so big, do you have a baby in there? :-/ Ummm, no *you* stretched it!!!

    (BIL came out of surgery late last night, he didn't get to go in until 4pm, so a long day for them. Tumour was much bigger than expected and heading into the speech part of his brain. He wasn't awake when I was speaking to Mum, so not sure how he is yet. Apparently he should be out of hospital today though - amazing.)

  2. Great tip! I'll have to try that next time.

  3. Mine are 2 1/4. I like them fitted! -

  4. this makes so much sense -- I usually cut 2.5" but it's always too much when I only back the quilt with flannel and no batting. I'll have to go skinny next time!

  5. Hmm, I usually do 2" :) How's that for an additional choice?
    I sew binding on with a really scant 1/4" seam, so that gives me very tight, very skinny and very neat binding.




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