Adding a ruffle to a quilt

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I am making a crib quilt for DD's first child. The pattern has a ruffle
around the outside of the quilt instead of a binding. The directions say
to sew the ruffle to the quilt top before quilting and then "birth" the
quilt. I don't like the idea of birthing before quilting because I'm
afraid I'd end up with puckers and not be happy with the end result.

I'm looking for alternative ways to do the ruffle. One way I'm thinking
would work would be to attach the ruffle to the top only, quilt as usual
(though not quite to the outer edge), trim the batting to the seam edge,
trim the backing, leaving a seam allowance, turn the raw edge of the
backing to the inside and stitch it down along the seam where the ruffle
was sewn.

The other way I think would work is to quilt first and then baste the
ruffle to the top side, stitching through all the layers. Cut a binding
strip (1-1/2" wide or so), fold it in half, lay it over the ruffle and
stitch it to all the layers. Fold the binding and the ruffle away from
the front, and stitch the binding down to the back. The binding would
not wrap around the edge, but would simply cover the seam where the
ruffle was attached. This would result in a pretty thick edge and I'm
not sure that is desirable.

Any comments or other ideas out there?

Julia in MN
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Re: Adding a ruffle to a quilt
I believe I birthed the one I did. But when you put the backing on top
of the quilt you need to make sure the ruffles are folded to the center
of the quilt. Then I top stitched all the way around. The ruffle though
was harder because this was the first quilt I ever made. So the basting
and pulling till I had just the right length and fluffiness was a real
pain. It took me four tries and a few days. Being I was new this may not
have been the easier or most efficient way to do this.
Joanna
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Re: Adding a ruffle to a quilt
I tried the 'ruffle, then birth' method and was so displeased that I turned
it back inside-out, cut if off and began again without it.  So there.
    Here's a better way.  Let's assume that you want a ruffle that is simply
a long tube stitched right sides together and turned. That will give you
everything completely encased in the tube with nary an edge to ravel.
    All you will have to do is gather, attach to the birthed quilt and
fiddle a little with the place where the ruffle begins and ends. The coolest
way to do the gathering is to zigzag over a length of that heavy nylon
fishing line.  Adjust the gathers, stitch beside the fishing line to attach
the ruffle to the quilt and remove the fishing line.  Gathering threads tend
to break on heavy ruffles but that nylon stuff for catching a 12-pound fish
will not.
    You would want to practice this way with scraps of something to be sure
you understand.  Email me if you run into a question.  Polly
 



Re: Adding a ruffle to a quilt
I've done the "ruffle, then birth" method and it worked okay for me, but
I don't want to birth this one. I'm wondering about alternative methods
for finishing the edge so the ruffle seam is enclosed.

I do understand what you mean about how to gather a ruffle; I've used
that method with crochet thread, but never with fish line. If I had a
ruffler for my machine, I'd use that. But I don't. I like to use my
serger for gathering ruffles. I have an Elna with a differential feed. I
use a very tight tension on the needle thread(s), set the differential
feed to "2", and sew along the edge. I can adjust the gathers if I need
to by using the needle thread(s).

Julia in MN

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Re: Adding a ruffle to a quilt
I've attached it to the right side of the quilt right sides together
and then bound the raw edge, turned the binding to the back and hand
stitched it.



On Wed, 21 Feb 2007 14:33:07 -0600, Julia in MN

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Linda
PATCHogue, NY

Re: Adding a ruffle to a quilt
That's what I was thinking about doing, but wondered if that wouldn't
get pretty thick and bulky along the edge.

Julia in MN

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Re: Adding a ruffle to a quilt
I found that it added body to the edge and made the quilt drape
nicely.

On Wed, 21 Feb 2007 16:28:35 -0600, Julia in MN

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Linda
PATCHogue, NY

Re: Adding a ruffle to a quilt
Polly - Love your method for gathering - hadn't heard it
before and will definitely give it a try.



One way to have the ruffle sit well on the edge of the quilt
is to pleat it.  I have done this a couple of times and it
looked good.  I made a tube as Polly described, then sewed
it straight onto the quilt and tucked the frill fabric about
every 3/4" as I sewed.  This made the edge feel "flatter".
A soft wooden pointer helps hold the pleats under the needle
(I used a trimmed ice cream stick!) and won't hurt the
needle/foot if you get a bit close and catch it.  I think I
sewed them using my walking foot.

The first time I attached to a quilt I just treated the
frill like Prairie Points, but I have never liked the bulk
that accumulated at the corners that way.

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Re: Adding a ruffle to a quilt
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    Well, you could always buy the ready made stuff.  It's a ruffle that
has been sandwiched between two layers of bias binding!  Do your
quilting, trim the raw edges and then serge or zig-zag around the whole
thing -- it just make putting the binding on a bit easier.  Put the
prepared ruffling over the edges of the quilt and machine sew both sides
in one pass through the machine.  If you want, you can do the whole
thing by hand.  I know the stuff is available at Joanns and maybe even
Wally World (not too sure about that, tho').  Works great and is very
easy to do.
    Alternately, you could make your own using some of your fabric.  If
you do make your own just remember that you do not need to have any bias
cut fabric unless your quilt has curves along the edge or rounded corners.
    I know a lot of people want to have the binding doubled so you could
just make the two sides of the binding double.  Cut strips of binding
fabric and then fold them in half.  Sew the raw edges of one binding to
the raw edge of the ruffle.  Then do the same with the other binding and
seew it to the other side of the ruffle.  Now you can sew the ruffled
binding to the quilt either by hand or by machine.  Again, if you do it
by machine and use a pretty decorative stitch or even just a plain
zig-zag, you can do the whole thing in one pass!  If you make the "back"
side of the binding just a hair longer than the front binding, you can
machine stitch with a straight stitch and get both sides in one pass.
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Re: Adding a ruffle to a quilt
speaking from experience: skip the ruffle. why? as kiddies grow up they find
new ways to play with quilts and ruffles are the first to come off making
the fixing complicated. I ended up removing the ruffle, ripping the stitches
that hadn't come off already and turning the ruffle into a binding.

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Re: Adding a ruffle to a quilt
IMO your 1st idea would look tidier. But you could use #2 also and reduce
bulk by stitching the binding to the top only (on top of the ruffle). Then
trim off the quarter-inch SA of the backing/batting.
I also think a thin piping in the ruffle seam would look very spiffy.
Roberta in D

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Re: Adding a ruffle to a quilt
On Wed, 21 Feb 2007 12:12:27 -0600, Julia in MN wrote

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When I envisioned this, I was thinking along the lines of your second idea.  
Quilt, baste on ruffle so the ruffle is facing toward the center of the
quilt, then put on a binding in the usual manner.  When the binding gets
folded to the back the ruffle will fold away from the center.

Maureen


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