I jinxed myself

I know a lot of quilters cut and resew their bindings if a seam falls at the corners but I usually try to make it work if I can. I was congratulating myself that no seams had fallen on the corners yesterday or this morning so of course, the last seam on the 3rd quilt did.

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However, you can see (sorry for the blurry photo) that the corner does fine when folded over so I did NOT cut, and resew.

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What do you do? Make it work or redo?

31 thoughts on “I jinxed myself

  1. Gailm

    I try to plan out my seams and it works out good on smaller projects, It’s harder to plan on bigger projects but if one does happen in the corner. I make it work!

  2. Linda

    I tend to make it work. On a larger project especially it’s just too much hassle to try to cut it back a little & add piece to keep the seam away from the corner. My quilts are to use, they’re not show quilts so I don’t worry too much about seams at the corners.

  3. Elaine Adair

    Depends — if it’s a giveaway, I make it work. If the recipient is someone I KNOW knows sewing, I fix it.

    I want to know, when I am sewing the binding on by hand, why is it that the quilt seems to have at least 7 corners? LOL

  4. Mary

    Hi Mary,
    I have done it all, make it work, cut and resew the binding so it missing the corner but mostly, I go around the quilt with the binding to make sure the seams don’t land on a corner. The problem for me when I try to make it work, I always hate it when I’m doing the hand sewing part.

  5. Kathy E.

    If I see a seam will fall on the corner I open the binding up and trim out as much of the seam allowance as I can, then refold the binding and keep going. This gets rid of the extra bulk and you almost do not notice that a seam is there.

    Kat

  6. Mariel

    I don’t plan ahead, I just pin on some of the first side and start sewing. The seams have sometimes landed in the corners but I just make it work and keep going…got too many more quilts to be done to worry about it!

  7. Paulette Doyle

    I try to make it work but if it won’t lay flat then I pick and add a section….however I must admit I have been VERY lucky in this regard….did I just jinx myself? oh oh….
    Paulette

  8. Mary-Kay

    I try to make it work. I never take it apart. I guess if it was a quilt the was going in a show I would redo it but I don’t enter shows so it stays.

  9. Carol E.

    I used to lay it out on the floor to plan ahead. Now I don’t even bother with that, and I just make it work.

  10. Michelle Wyman

    I guess I am the odd quilter out here! I do lay the quilt out on the bed, then lay the binding on it to make sure the bias seams don’t land on the corners. I may have to shift it a bit, but when it’s in place, I just put one pin in the starting point and then sew it on. Easy peasy, only takes a few minutes, and then I never have to worry about this problem.

  11. Lisa

    Never thought about it as I’ve never had a seam fall on a corner… yet… luck I suppose… I would definitely try to make it work!

  12. Gari

    I recently read where someone undid binding, cut it in the center of that side and moved the seam to that center just to keep the seam from the corner. I had never heard of that and today, when a seam made it to the corner, I decided that I just didn’t care. I am so happy with the miters look good and the binding looks even, I don’t worry about where a seam falls. And no one has ever reprimanded me for how “sloppy” my bindings are, either!

  13. LindaKs

    What a coincidence. I just had my first ever seam hit a corner on my last quilt. When I saw what was happening…I sat, studied it a bit and wondered what the quilt police would say about this…. and decided “Oh Well” (locked my doors so they couldn’t come in) …and kept right on sewing. Worked like a charm and I’ll do it again if I ever have to. LOL

  14. Denise in PA

    I make it work! I hate having to do things twice – and by that point in a quilt – I just want it done!

  15. Laura in AZ

    Until I read on someone else’s blog that some quilters actually cut and re-sew the binding if they discover a seam on a corner, it never occurred to me to do anything other than to bind the corner as if the seam wasn’t there. I’ve had quite a few seams land in the corners and I haven’t had a problem with any of them, so I plan to just keep doing what I’ve been doing which I guess is make it work!

  16. Kathy Wagner

    I usually pin the binding on before I start to sew so that doesn’t happen. If I forget and the join is on the corner, I just suffer 🙂 I’d never redo it!

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