Sunday, June 28, 2009

Quilt Along Week 7 How to Bind a Quilt

Dude. I must apologize in advance. You are about to encounter an obnoxious number of photos. Bear with me as I'm about to cover trimming and squaring up your quilt, making the binding, sewing the binding on the front of your quilt, and hand sewing it onto the back.

Whew.

Can you handle all that? Of course you can. Because this is it. This is the final step in making your quilt. The end is so close you can almost taste it, right?

Ok.



You have your fabric for your binding. You can figure exactly how much you need depending on how big your final quilt is. My final quilt (after trimming . . . which we'll get to here in just a sec) measures 66"x77". I am cutting my binding from selvage to selvage because I want the stripe to run horizontal once complete so that means that the length of each binding strip will be 42"ish. If I add up the total length around the perimeter of my quilt I will need 286 inches of binding to sew onto that. So, I divide 286 by 42 and get 6.8. Therefore I need 6.8 strips for my binding . . . so 7 strips.

With me?

If not, don't feel bad. When I first started quilting I always had to have the kind woman at the quilt store help me figure it out.





To make the binding, you are going to cut 2.5" strips. You are a pro at this by now cause our entire quilt top is comprised of 2.5" strips. So, fold your fabric just like we did in Week 2 and then straighten up your edge just like we did then too.




Then cut however many 2.5" strips you need for your binding. Still wiggin' out? Get to the Flickr group and we'll help you do the math there. There are some real math geniuses over there. Real smart cookies I tell ya. Rumor has it that some of them were math writers for the movie Good Will Hunting.

Not really but it sounded impressive, right?



There are my 7 binding strips that I need for my quilt. You may need more or less depending on the size of your final quilt. I went ahead and cut extra strips for my littler quilt that I made with the leftovers. If I'm making binding for one I might as well make it for the other to, eh?




Let's take a minute and get your quilt trimmed up. The quilting is done so the extra batting and backing needs to be trimmed off. And you want the final quilt to be nice and square.






I always use my cutting mat, straight edge and rotary cutter to trim it up. It has all the nice lines and it goes quickly this way.





Even if your quilt top was square as square can be after you made the top, the quilting process can sometimes pull or stretch it a little bit and make it a little off. Trim right down to the original quilt top size. Then I like to fold it corner to corner and just make sure that everything matches up nicely . . . and if not then adjust the trimming accordingly.

Yes, I'm sure there is a more mathematically and technically sound way to achieve the perfect squared-up quilt but this method works great for me. Besides, haven't you learned by now that there is really no right or wrong way in quilting? Your way is just as good as any other way. I promise.




Ok. So back to the binding strips. You'll see I've got one laying horizontal and one vertical. Right sides of fabric together.






You will sew right along where the pen is laying. From one corner to the next.












Then when you open up the seam you'll have one long continuous 2.5" strip. This makes for a good strong seam that will last and last through all of the tugging and general abuse your binding will take over it's life.





Press open this seam nice and flat. Open this time. Not to one side. Open.

Repeat this process for all of your binding strips. You'll have one super long 2.5" wide strip.





Once you've got them all sewn together then on each of the two ends, iron down a flap about 1/2 inch. Technically you only need one end folded and ironed this way, but I like to do both so that it doesn't matter which end I start with when sewing it on my quilt. It only takes a second and it will make it impossible to accidentally do something wrong in the sewing on phase so I highly recommend it.

Can you tell I've made this mistake before? And maybe more than once? Shhhh. Please don't blow my cover.





Now, fold your strip in half and press. The whole dang thing people!

So in my case all 286 inches of the binding. Once you've completed that your binding is made and your ready to machine sew it onto the front of the quilt.









The raw edge of your binding lines up with the raw edge of your quilt top. DO NOT start at a corner of your quilt. And, DO NOT start at the end of your binding. Look closely at the photo.

Leave a few inches of the binding free and unsewn. This is because when the binding comes back around to meet up with this the end will tuck inside of the channel and all the binding will be sewn down together to make a complete and continuous binding. Stay with me. You'll see.

Just start down from a corner of your quilt top by at least 8-10 inches.





Again, with the raw edge of your binding lined up with the raw edge of your quilt, sew the binding on using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.



Ok. You are approaching a corner of your quilt. The most important thing to remember is . . .


DON'T PANIC!





Stop sewing approximately a 1/4 inch from the corner. Lock in your stitch (forward and back one or two stitches does this well).

Then take it out of the machine.




Turn your quilt so that you'll be in position to start sewing the binding onto the next side of your quilt.



You are going to make a nice clean corner by folding your binding first up like this.





And then down like this.





Your needle should go down 1/4 inch from the back edge of the quilt and 1/4 inch from the side edge of the quilt. And your stitching will pick up right where you stopped it a second ago before you removed the quilt from the machine and turned it. It will make a perfect corner and you will be tickled pink. Guaranteed!






Keep sewing your binding on all the way around.


As you approach where you began stop. Keep your needle down into the fabric. Look what you've got.

The end of your binding strip (you'll probably have to trim it a little cause it is probably longer than it needs to be. Trim it so that it overlaps with the beginning by at least 1 inch) needs to tuck right inside the channel of the already sewn down binding strip. This is why you didn't start right at the end of your binding in the beginning. You needed this extra bit flapping in the breeze to allow you do join the beginning and end now.

Study the photos. I think they make it clear.








Now you're ready to flip the whole quilt over and begin hand sewing the binding to the back.




Don't start at a corner. Just start at some point along one of the straight sides.




Get your needle started by getting it into the actual quilt.



Right where your thread is located is exactly where the needle needs to come up through the binding. And right as close to the edge of the binding as you possibly can.

This series of photos show you the stitch. It's called a blind stitch. My stitches here in the photos are a bit exaggerated so that I'm sure you can see them. If you just catch the very edge of the binding then you will barely be able to see the stitches at all once complete. Hence the name "blind stitch". Catchy eh?









Ok. Corner ahead. Don't panic.





Continue sewing all the way up the edge of the quilt.







Then fold the corner down. OH!! Look at that perfect corner ladies and gentlemen!!




Use the same blind stitch technique to sew the corner down. Again, I'm using exaggerated stitches so that you are sure to see them. And since this is a corner that will get lots of use and abuse during it's life I'm sure to do short stitches and sew it well.







Now keep blind stitchin' all the way around. And before you know it you'll be done!!

Ye-haw little cowboy!! You've done made yourself a quilt!!!

Now check back later today for the mac daddy giveaway post.

How do cowboys sign off?

Adios pardner?

Giddy up?

Get along little doggies?

-dana

125 comments:

  1. Ooooh! I still need to get my quilt to, and back from the quilter, but I can't wait to bind it! This will be the first quilt I finish by hand. In the name of time I've finished my others on the machine and this will be so much better!

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  2. WOW! That is an all inclusive tutorial! What a great job you did on all those photos! Thanks so much for all the time and effort and humor you have done such a great job.

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  3. You are amazing!!! Thank you so much for all of this. I do a market on Sundays, and actually had someone recognize my name from my business card... we are both doing the guilt along!!! Who knew? You are creating quite a few first time quilters! THANKS FOR ALL OF IT!!!!

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  4. This is great! I like the way you make the binding meet up when you are sewing it on with the machine. My mom showed me another way, but it always confuses me!

    I'm really excited to get my quilt finished! Thanks for all the help and motivation!

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  5. I didn't know to press the seams open on the binding..thanks for enlightening me. You have been a fun teacher and I have enjoyed the quilt along. I haven't quilted my top yet...I had the grandkidlettes visiting for the two weeks we were suppose to quilt, so I am behind. I think I'm going to set my top on point anyway to enlarge it....I hope we didn't have to have a finished quilt to be in the giveaway....

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  6. Awesome! :) I've finished quilting, so I'll do the binding this coming weekend and have my own quilt finished! Thanks so much for hosting this!

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  7. Nice binding tutorial. Haven't finished quilting yet but I will get there.

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  8. Ok where was this tutorial when I made my first quilt? You have no idea how bad my corners look omg! Can't wait to get myself to this step (hopefully this week)

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  9. Really excited! The quilt is finished and off to Russ "The Quilter"! Can't wait to get it back! I'm having Russ sew on my binding. Why make life difficult! His fee is reasonable and it saves me a whole lot of time to get started on another quilt!

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  10. Yea! Can't wait to start - even if it takes longer than a week. Thanks SO so much Dana for giving me something fun to do OUT of the HOT HOT SUN

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  11. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!! You are so awesome for sharing all this valuable information-- in a logical and clear way!!! I like all the pictures.

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  12. Oh amazing..blinding always seemed like the hardest part...SOOOOO Excited!

    Did I mention that I needed a new sewing machine ;)

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  13. It's thrilling to see the whole process written out like you have! And although I've been quilting since I was 12, I ALWAYS have to call my mom to remind me how to do the binding and now I have a wonderfully written post to refer to in case she's out of town. Thank you! Now if only I was caught up on my quilt...oh well. It will happen!

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  14. Wow, Dana! You did a wonderful tutorial for beginners. I wish I had someone like you when I was beginning.

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  15. Well, partner, that was a most helpful post. Thank ya' kindly.

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  16. Fabulous tutorial! I can't wait to get to that part on mine. I've fallen pretty far behind.

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  17. Dana, Where did you find the straight edge/ruler with the purple handle? I need one!!

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  18. Dana--that was incredibly well put together!
    So many have enjoyed this and will continue to call on the fruits of your labour for months to come!
    SEE? You are a CELEBRITY! :)

    Thankyou for getting me started on the right track in quilting.
    You've made an addict out of me :)

    Now if you could just pick me for the sewing machine giveaway of a lifetime, well I'd be pleased as punch!

    Kel

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  19. This has been the most helpful thing I have read on binding. THANK YOU so much for your detailed description and photos! I am bookmarking this post and will refer to it often I am sure!

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  20. I have never made a quilt before, and wasn't able to join your quilt-along this time; but I've been reading each post and will definitely use your great step by step tutorials when I'm ready for my first quilt.

    I can't even imagine how long it took you to take all those pictures, download them, and get them all in their right spots in each post! wow! Thanks!

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  21. Ugh!! You make that look so easy. I'm hoping to start the quilting today. I just have two little projects to get out of the way for a customer before the quilting consumes my every-waking thought ;-)

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  22. Dana, what an AWESOME tutorial! Soooo many pictures and SO clear! even us beginners can understand! You are great. Thank you for having the patience to do all the photos and the writing up! I know from doing "a tour around..." posts how much work this is and you are a star for doing it all! THANKS a million!

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  23. Wow! You sure did do a great job on all that information! That's a lot to get into one post! So...I'll just "get along little doggie" cause I gotta get caught up with ya!
    Regina

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  24. you have made all of this seem so easy! i feel that i could sew a million quilts even though this is my first. i can't wait for the giveaway, that was what attracted me to your blog. but that's not why i have stayed. i can't wait to see and learn more from you!

    and what IS that purple, suction-cup, weighty looking thing?

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  25. I figured the binding out on my own a year or two ago (I am rather new at this...) and your way is SO MUCH BETTER. :) hahaha
    It is so much better learning to do it from an expert, wish I had learned it sooner.
    Thank you for teaching me.

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  26. Great binding tutorial! It's good to have so many pictures! I haven't quilted my "little" project yet, so I am a bit behind. I will catch up though!

    Thanks for the lesson pardner!

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  27. Thanks for the great tutorial! your pups are so sweet!

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  28. Looks good Dana! I love that stripe for your binding :)

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  29. FABULOUS tutorial. Totally worth all those pics!! Cannot thank you enough for this quilt-along. I'm already in the process of making another one as a wedding gift (wedding's in 3 weeks - yikes).

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  30. This was super helpful - I can't wait to get my quilt back from Back porch quilters!! Yippee! This is a HUGE accomplishment in my world and you helped make it happen! thank you!

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  31. I am so excited I could weep! This tutorial makes this actually seem doable!!! Wheeeeee!!!!

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  32. I don't know how you do it all.... I get frustrated if I have to load more than 3 pictures on blogger! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  33. I'm pretty sure REAL cowboys say "See ya later, alligator!" Yep, I'm practically positive!

    Thanks for all the great instructions and photos, I know just how long that took for you to do, so thanks a million, Dana.

    I can't wait until I'm at the hand-sewing stage of my quilt, because that'll mean my quilting is behind me!

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  34. I have a long way to go before getting to the binding, but I'm having fun! Thanks!

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  35. Thank you Dana! Well done. I can't wait to finish quilting so I can do the binding. =)

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  36. I can't believe we are done!! Kinda sad for this to be done!

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  37. Thanks for all the pictures!!! I will definately be needing them to finish off my quilt!!!
    I wanted to tell you too...the sheet you are useing as your backing...I totally had those sheets growing up!!! I should see if my mom still has them floating around, cause they are great!!!

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  38. Thanks Dana - you have been so great throughout this whole process I am sure people will be coming back to these tutorials for years to come!!! Your the best!

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  39. Yeh for the finished project! Now run to the washing machine and get 'er done! Krinkle!

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  40. thanks so much for these tutorials! While I'm not participating in this quilt along, I am making my own smaller quilt and was very fearful of the binding... Thanks or the confidence I needed to get it done!!

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  41. I wish I had this info a couple of months back when I was attaching the binding to my nieces blanket!! Wonderful tute!!

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  42. Your tutorials are fabulous! You made the process of making my first quilt so easy. Thank you for giving me a new obsession. I already have 2 new quilts planned. This has been so fun.I have been bitten by the quilting bug.

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  43. Great job! I usually rather donate blood than put on binding but now I don't think it is going to be so painful! Almost done!

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  44. I just wrapped mine up last night - it is ready for the wash - which scares me...anyways, Dana, I could not have done it without you - this has been so much fun - please sign me up for the next one:) hee. I mean, take a break - you deserve it!

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  45. I can't wait to get back from vacation and finish my quilt! I've had such fun making my first quilt and enjoyed your detailed instructions. I believe I am now officially hooked on quilting...and fabric collecting!

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  46. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial on the binding. It cleared up all the questions I had.

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  47. very nice tutorial. I am bookmarking this so my daughter can read it. She always asks questions. I couldn't say it or write it better.
    xxoo
    ~a
    ps can't wait for the drawing. fingers and everything else crossed
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  48. Holy cow! That's the best binding tutorial I've ever seen. I'm pretty sure your karma points have soared off the charts at this point. The amount of time you have spent patiently teaching folks how to quilt (for free/via the internet) is seriously kind and extraordinary!

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  49. So excited that I've caught up to you! Thanks!

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  50. Thanks for the whole quilt along. I used Heather Ross Mendocino and it's just beautiful. How about another one. Don't faint!

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  51. I LOVE the sheet you chose for the backing :) I have not ever found it in blue! Beautiful. I used bits of my pink version (it was a fitted sheet) on the front of my quiltalong quilt. I love all of your generous help in getting my first full size quilt made. Thank you so much :)

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  52. Thank you for the corner instructions when hand sewing on the binding. That helped a lot and I'm sure the use that on the next quilt.

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  53. Im stuck a bit on the quilting stage but am persevering. I love doing the binding - its like with every stitch you can feel that you are so close and closer to finishing. I learned a lot from your tutorial. Thanks so much for all your help, time, and humour putting all the posts together for the quilt along.

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  54. Great tutorial for the binding and I LOVE all the photos! Thanks!! :D

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  55. Great tutorial, what a great reference for everyone to use. This has been a great project and fun to do. I love watching everyones progress. I have bound my quilt already just need to make a quilt label and take pictures for posting. Thanks again for your great instructions and I will be looking forward to another quilt along in the future (hint, hint!)

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  56. Fantastic tutorial and soo fun to read too :))
    You are trouly an inspiration! Thank you.

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  57. Terrific tutorial! I love it with all the pictures. It helps to see just what you need to do. I do get lost sometimes :)

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  58. Great tutorial...watching and waiting for the MACDADDY!

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  59. Thank you so much. I am still working on quilt broke leg/ankle and all. Hoped I would be further but Ce la vie! You are awesome. I have been putting of learning how to quilt for years and you have inspired me so much.
    Great job. Please show your completed quilt when your done.

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  60. Yeah the final step....I'm so excited to see the final result. Thanks for the quilt along...I've learned a ton!!!

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  61. Great job Dana! Another big THANK YOU for all the fun!

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  62. I'm impressed by your photos and description. Very nicely done. It makes "sew" much sense. lol. I don't think I've ever seen corners done that way before. I can't wait to try it!

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  63. Your tutorials are incredible, so a great big THANK YOU to you! I have such a tough time making an unfamiliar project without someone to help in person and so far, so good.

    I have the quilting to finish up this week (a surgery last week threw me way off course!) but I'm looking forward to my final project. :)

    Thanks again.

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  64. Thanks Dana! You have given an enormous amount of valuable information to people who might want to try quilting! I would be one of them!!!! The binding was always the biggest piece of the puzzle... and thanks to you, I can now give it a try! Your photos and explanations of this whole project are awesome! Better than any book that I have purchased (and I have quite a few)! Love your sense of humor too! Big hugs to you!!!!

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  65. Groovy! Good tutorial. I had to teach my mom how to do the stop, flip, fold corners when she did her last quilt - she didn't know how to do that!

    I was hoping you were going to do your binding on the bias, so those stripes would wind around your quilt. But, straight grain is nice and strong, too!

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  66. WOW, once again your amazing Dana. What a reference we all have now. You have put so much effort into the quilt a long and helped so many folks.
    Thank you, thank you. I truly hope you get a Janome 6600. You sure do deserve it.

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  67. Boo-
    I was keepin up with the whole quiltin process til this binding thing. Not the teacher, the student is a little slow. If I was actually making a quilt I would probably have figured it out. You sure make beautiful quilts. I love ya!
    Papa-

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  68. Thanks so much! BTW-love the quilt.

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  69. thank you so very much for showing us step by step how to do this. I have made a top before but did not do the backing and binding since I had no idea how.

    I am excited to bind my quilt now that you have solved the mystery of corners :o)

    Pictures to follow on flicker.

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  70. I will avoid hand stitching in any way possible. I HATE it. Yes, HATE! I went to a quilting class and the teacher did everything you did, but instead of handstitching the back, we folded it over, pinned it making sure to cover the seam line from sewing the binding on. Then we stitched in the ditch on the front, catching the binding on the back. I know it's lazy and your way is probably better, but I'm lazy!!! haha

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  71. This has been great! I need to baste my quilt together, and possibly start hand quilting it because I don't want to pay someone else to do it and don't think I will be buying the appropriate foot any time soon. I've never done the binding, before. This was a great tutorial. I have a few baby quilts that are waiting for binding, and now I can do it beautifully!

    This has been great!

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  72. Your quilt looks awesome, I love the stripy binding. You do great instructions, I hope you consider doing this again I have had so much fun. Thanks Sue

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  73. Thank you so much for taking the time to write and take pictures and all of it!!! I really enjoyed the whole process!!

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  74. YAY!! Thank you. I've never been completely happy with my binding corners. Now I know why! Thank you, thank you. Your tutorial is fantastic Dana, and I'm gonna love every corner from now on.

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  75. This is great and I love the fabric you used to bind with. Lovely! izazbz at yahoo dot com

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  76. My corners will be fabu now!! This makes it so easy.

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  77. p.s. I love your backing fabric...is it a sheet?
    It is fabulous!

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  78. I use hair clippies to hold the binding down as I'm hand sewing the final stage.

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  79. I, too, wish I had someone teach me this when I first started quilting. This is a great tutorial!

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  80. Dana, I just finished sewing the binding onto the top of the quilt. Easy as Pie thanks to you!! I had my laptop next to my sewing machine so I could follow along. When I got to the corners... I didn't panic. Handstitching begins tomorrow. Thank you! Thank you! I really am having so much fun. :) -Little Bluebell

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  81. Thank you so much for this amazingly detailed guide. I haven't been quilting-along, exactly, because at first I said "Quilt? That's crazy, I can't do that." But a few weeks ago I started my very first quilt! It's square blocks, but I am applying everything that I've learned here. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge & taking the time to document it so thoroughly.

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  82. Dana, thank you, thank you, thank you! I just finished sewing the binding on my smaller crib sized practice quilt made from leftovers pieces, and I feel so ready to move on to my larger Quilt Along quilt now. I am actually making it by myself, how satisfactory is that! This whole Quilt Along has been the best teaching tool for me, and so fun! I am so excited at the vast quilt and sewing opportunities this has opened up for me. As fun as it would be to win the sewing machine, I am still coming away with WAY more quilting knowledge than I though possible, so I am all the richer for it with just this experience. You will never know the depths of my appreciation. Again, thank you.

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  83. Beautiful quilt, love the binding, thanks for the tutorial!

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  84. Thanks for this great tutorial! Can't wait till I get this far.

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  85. Can there ever be too many pictures?
    I don't think so because I am visual learner and these are great! so helpful.

    Happy Sewing

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  86. That is a very detailed post - good job!

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  87. I really enjoyed this quilt-along. Your instructions with photos made it so easy to follow. I plan to finish my quilt to give to a women's shelter. Thank you.
    Marj (Canada)

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  88. Wow, that's the most helpful binding tutorial I've seen so far. Thank you very much for making it so clear. I'm feeling more confident that I can do it when the times comes now :)

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  89. This tutorial on binding was probably the easiest and least stressful way I've ever done binding. FINALLY I've found a way to do it that doesn't make me want to yell at my sewing machine and throw it out the window! Thank you oh thank you!

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  90. I love your playlist. I linked to you from my friend sara and I love your blog, too!

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  91. Dude. That's a lot of photos.

    And I like you because you say "dude". And there's a thousand or so other reasons I like you too.

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  92. I wish I had seen this tutorial before today. I just found your site. I was doing a Christmas table runner to give a wedding gift last night and could have use it. Thanks, it will be easier next time.
    Gail in Evans, GA

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  93. oh i love your fabric/pattern choices.

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  94. Fantastic description and close up photos. Re-affirming what I saw on youtube, but without the fuzziness. I feel a lot more confident now, especially since now I know that quilter's hand sew the other side. That is one thing I was wondering!

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  95. Fabulous tutorial.
    Your explanation combined with the photos sure do make it look easy and the colour combinations you choose are always so inspired.

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  96. I only just found the quilt-along today but that binding tutorial was FABULOSO!!! I think I might just have to start a quilt so I can practice sewing binding! I'm going to go hunt and see if you posted a pic of the finished quilt top. I really love the colors I've seen in the pics so far!

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  97. I just finished my first quilt using this!!! Thanks so much!!

    (I'll be posting it on my blog this weekend, if you want to keep an eye out for it. http://suburbancomposition.blogspot.com )

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  98. OMG your music just scared the cr*p out of me... Clicked through to read the tutorial again and completely lost my place while I frantically searched for how to turn off the tunes. Eek!

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  99. I am SO going to use this on my next quilt! I have searched YouTube over and not found anything near this explanatory. My Nonni quilt sure needed this technique! I started my 3rd quilt this weekend and will be binding it soon.

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  100. Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial. I've been struggling so much with the blind stitch!

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  101. UGH!!! thanks for the great directions I read this last night to prepare for doing the binding on my wonky log cabin quilt today and of course I didn't look back at it and did my corners wrong! Oh well I will just fudge these and I don't think the baby who is getting the quilt will really know the difference.
    Ann(aka six on seventh)

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  102. This is the best binding tutorial I have ever seen! I have been quilting for 20 years and have never been able to make my corners look right. Thank you so much for all of the pictures!

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  103. Ok, I just have to tell you that I've made 4 quilts since I found your blog (this quilt along inspired my first...) and I STILL have to come back to this entry before I make my binding everytime. Thanks for a GREAT tutorial.

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  104. thanks for this great tutorial! I found it on Pinterest.

    I just used the tutorial to bind a couple of quilted placemats which I made for my nephews for Christmas. It's very easy to follow.

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  105. Thank you for such an excellent tutorial and all of the great photos! I'm a visual learner and the photos are beyond helpful!

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  106. Thank you for doing this for everyone to see. I finally understand how to do the binding. I know I can now do it. I want to make a sample piece small square just to do the binding. Before I move on to the bigger stuff. They say practice is better. I've done 2-3 quilts before with out the binding. I am now ready for the binding. I have your Tutorial page Pin. Thank-You again for the Tutorial page.
    Terry Devine aka sunnywolfgar

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  107. My, this is wonderful. I am new to quilting and struggle with bindings. I didn't get it, fully, at first, but as i scrolled down, I got an "AH HA" moment. This is wonderful and makes total sense! Why didn't someone show this to me before!!! Thank you so very much!

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  108. This is by FAR the very best Binding Tutorial I have eve seen!!! I found several mistakes I was making and your pictures "showed" me how to do it correctly!! THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!
    Kay

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  109. Thank you so much for this tutorial. It is very helpful.

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  110. I have to be honest, I found this post on pinterest and clicked it because I own one of the fabrics in your quilt, and I've never seen it anywhere else before. The blue floral print that's shown when you're sewing the binding? Yeah, I bought a sheet set like that from a vintage store years ago! I ended up making a kimono top and a sewing machine cover from my fabric.

    Loved the tutorial--cheers!

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  111. Thank you SO MUCH for posting this! I'm trying too finish a baby quilt for my nephew and I've screwed up the binding twice already! This looks so much easier!

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  112. Everyone has already it, but this tutorial is amazing! Best one I've ever found! Thank you so much!

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  113. This is great but I need to find out how to finish my hexagon quilt?

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  114. This is just what I need right now... couldn't remember! It's been a number of years since I last made a quilt. Thank you so much for the clear directions and pictures.

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  115. I stayed glued to your photo tutorial on quilt binding--success. I am so proud of myself, thanks to you. I blogged about it here--giving you credit!
    http://cgharris.blogspot.com/2013/12/road-trip-quilt.html
    Thanks again.

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  116. Thank you!! I love how you tackle binding corners! I've been quilting for years and have always been ashamed of my bound corners for not being sharp 90 deg angles. I tried your method and - POOF!! Perfect corners! Thanks!!!

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  117. Just revisiting this post to send it in an email to my sis in law who is completing her second quilt. I have taught her how to quilt. You taught me to quilt. And the circle goes round. Thank you Dana. I am sure that this quilt along way back when impacted your family and took up a lot of your time and energy and I thank you for it. Now your sharing of your art has impacted my family :) in a very positive way.

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  118. As a new quilter, this tutorial really helped me. Thanks so much for all of the pictures as they definitely made things clearer for me.

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  119. Thank you!! This is so awesome! I have been trying to figure out my binding for months and this really helped so much!! Thanks again!!

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  120. Best binding tutorial EVER! Love your presentation. I
    had a great teacher but it's been awhile since I have
    used her method and can't run to her store at midnight ;).
    Hope you are still providing great tutorials-the posts started
    it 2009 and it is 2016!

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  121. I come back to your quilt-along posts (especially the binding post) time and time again. I made my first ever quilt back in 2009 following all of your instructions, and now I'm just finishing up another one (probably at least my 12th but maybe more)! Thank you!
    Katie

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