Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I Have a Brilliant Idea

I'd like to think I thought of this new invention in quilting and I am sharing it with everyone, but more than likely I am the last one to think of it.
I have never heard anyone talk about what they do with the pieces of fabric that are left over along the sides of the backing after quilting. I ususally cut my backing fabric 3-5" bigger on each side of the quilt top. After quilting, I square up my quilt and throw away the batting and then put the remaining fabric in my scrap bins. After completing the selvage quilt, which I still need to photograph and share with you, I saw the strips and immediately thought it would make a great binding. 
I cut the fabric into 2.5" strips and sewed them together. Now I have 315" of binding all ready to go for a future project.
If you have not thought to do this, you're welcome! If you've been doing it forever, thanks for not telling me I'm a dim bulb.



17 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

Great idea! I'VE never thought of it! Thanks for sharing it Di!

Nilya said...

:)))) so funny... That´s my device: I think everything was made before I invented it, but I don´t care :))))

Michele T said...

That is a great idea... I am actually the last person to learn about this!! Lol

Dianne Neale said...

Nope, my side bits go in the scrap bin with yours!! I'll definitely try it.

Debbie said...

This IS a great idea! I have used those bits to make binding for the quilt I was working on, but never for a future one. I have one hiccup - I so often spray baste now that often that 'extra' is basted - ie. sticky even if I can get the batting bits off. Something to be more conscientious about...

Debbie said...

Hope you don't mind - I shared on my AQT fb page...

Tina Craig said...

I just did that recently when I trimmed up a couple of charity quilts. I have two rolls of binding ready to go, just waiting for the right quilt.

Lisa C said...

Because I spray baste I have used this fabric for bindings because I don't find it's very useful for anything else. The extra bonus is there's generally a looonnnng piece along the side to use which means less joining of seams for the binding. Yippee!!!

Katy Cameron said...

It's a lovely idea, although my backings tend to be all of about 1" bigger all round :oD

Sandy W said...

Great idea!! I've used my scrap batting for quilt as you go, and cut up the scraps, but this is a great way to utilize the long lengths!!!

Trudi said...

Ive done it before, but mostly, it just goes in the scrap bin, but I may just have to do this as a matter of course from now on, particularly some of those big quilts I make :) ( and for the record, there's nothing dim about your bulb!) x

Tamie said...

Thank you for sharing.

Carla said...

Great tip! I've only done this once but then forgot all about it. Must remember that!

charlotte said...

Great idea!

mascanlon said...

Well that's a big duh for me too! And just last month I did that exact thing because I was binding a quilt from at least 10 yrs ago and I had none of the fabrics or even anything like it in my stash today. Until I read this it still,hadn't occurred to me I could do it as a matter of course. thanks!!!

Michele Nichols said...

Great idea Diane. I'll try it next time. Now what to do with all of those batting scraps, hmmm??

amandajean said...

This is a GREAT idea!!! Never would have thought of it! It's brilliant!

(Sorry about the IG stuff today. What I thought would fix my first mistake didn't fix it anyway and now I feel like a heel.:()