One of the main things I hear other quilters complain about is binding their quilts so I thought I'd offer an alternative or two. For many years, I've hemmed most of my quilts rather than binding them. I think I'm alone in the wilderness on this method but after nearly 30 years, I still haven't had any problems with any of them. One lady commented to me about how the edges would wear out. Anyone who has replaced a binding on an old quilt knows what she meant. She was under the impression that if you hem the quilt, you wouldn't be able to do that. Actually, the edges will eventually wear out the same no matter what kind of finishing you do. If it has been hemmed, treat it just as you would if it had a separate binding. Pick out the stitches, fold it back and trim off the worn part then put on a regular binding. I have two sisters who also quilt and through the years they've developed their own shortcuts. One sister always sews her binding onto her quilt top as soon as it is finished. After the top has been quilted, she just folds it over onto the back and it's ready to stitch down. Because she always hated dealing with the corners, she started making curved corners on her quilts if they have a simple wide border. Pieced borders have to be finished the traditional way. To make the curved corners, after her top is finished, she lays it down flat and puts a plate on the corner, draws around the edge of the plate to make the curve and trims it off. She then sews on her binding and eases it on around the curve instead of having to fold and tuck it on. Does anybody else use these methods or have other shortcuts you've developed for finishing your quilts?