Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Yes you can...Binding made Easy!




A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Madame Samm
for inviting me to be a guest blogger on Stash Manicure.
I've been blogging for about 7 months and I still STRESS about posting.
.....probably as much as it stresses some of you to bind a quilt....

Hi, I'm Pauline and I blog at QuiltnQueen, from SE Michigan.
I am married to the wonderful guy I met when I was just 15...
he was 17.......and in his first year of University.
We've been married almost 41 years....moved around a LOT.
Our next move will be back to Canada....
closer to the Grandpeeps and our families:)
Quiet don't tell anyone but I have at least 13 sewing machines...
I've kinda lost count...

I luv quilting and binding is my favorite part of making a quilt.  
As today's guest blogger....
I would like to share a few of my binding tips with you 
and hopefully I can ease your binding fears.
 You will see how easy it is to achieve nice mitered corners....

quilt front corner

.....and how easy it is to join your binding ends
using a 45 degree angle seam.
You will not be sewing on a cut bias
so no stretching as you join the binding ends.

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MAKING THE BINDING

Binding strips are usually cut at 2 1/2" or 2 1/4 '' wide and
sometimes narrower depending on the quilting project. 
Most quilters use binding strips cut on the straight of grain, WOF.  
If your quilt has scalloped or curved edges you would always cut your strips on the bias
....but some quilters always use bias vs straight of grain especially on
lap and bed size quilts because
bias bindings are stronger and wear better over time. 
I usually use 2 1/2" strips with a 3/8" seam allowance for lap size and larger quilts
and 2 1/4" strips for wall hangings and table runners with a 1/4" seam allowance.  
Scrappy bindings work well on scrappy quilts by joining 15" - 18" pieces, 
even shorter pieces if you don't mind all the seams. 
I luv scrappy binding look.

Lets start by joining your binding strips at a 45 degree angle. 

join binding strip 2

I use the strip piecing method to join my strips..... 
now trim the binding triangles off  leaving 1/4" seam....

strip piece binding 3


...press the seams open.
Press the long edge of your binding in half with wrong sides together, 
keeping raw edges even.
Allowing the quilt to fall off your sewing table makes it
 difficult to keep an accurate seam allowance.
If possible, support your quilt on a table
when you are sewing the binding to your quilt sandwich,
this avoids any drag or
pull that can cause the seam allowance to get narrower.

binding to quilt 1                 


SEWING THE BINDING TO YOUR QUILT

Your best friend for this will be your walking foot.....
leave a binding tail of about 12".... 
start in the middle of the quilt sandwich 
with the binding on top of the right side of the quilt...... 
stitch a 3/8" seam allowance....
keeping the raw edge of your binding and the raw edge of your quilt even.

binding to quilt 2

Stop stitching about 6" from the corner....
with a pin mark the binding 3/8" from the bottom and 3/8" in from the side of the quilt.
accuracy is important here.....

corner 1

now continue stitching.....stopping at the pin...... 
with needle down in the machine, lift presser foot
and pivot quilt to stitch at an angle through the corner.

stitching through corner 2 
stitching corner 3

Remove quilt from machine. 

Fold binding to the right over itself at 90 degrees creating a 45 degree fold.


folding corner 2


Fold binding back over itself to the left creating a fold.....
line up the fold with the side you just stitched.
Starting at the fold 
start sewing  the binding to the next side of your quilt.....
remember to stop about 6" from the corner
to mark your 3/8" seam allowance with a pin.

folding corner 3

Continue sewing around the quilt....
stopping about 18" from where you started.


JOINING THE BINDING USING A 45 DEGREE SEAM

Fold both sides of the binding so the 2 folds butt up against each other
in the center of the opening.

1

cut left side at fold

2

3

Using the piece of binding you just cut off....
open it flat and lay it against the fold on the right side...

4

**the over lap will equal the width of your binding strip....**
be careful not to cut the bottom binding.....
use scissors and cut along the right side of the binding  

5

Make a big pleat with your quilt in the center of the opening.  
This makes it easier to sew the bindings together on the 45 degree angle....

6

Place left side of binding on the table right side up...open flat..... 
Take the right side of binding...open flat....right side down over the left side as shown......
in other words right sides together just like you joined your binding strips....
be careful not to twist the binding.

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Draw the 45 degree stitching line and sew

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****Before you trim the binding triangle off ****
  • unpin the pleat to check that your binding isn't twisted
  • and the binding is the right length to fit perfectly flat on your quilt
  • if it looks good......trim the binding triangle off and press seam open
    Sew the remainder of the binding to your quilt sandwich.

    Fold the binding to the back of your quilt and you should have nice mitered corners. 
    I pin on both sides of the corner and adjust the sides of the corner till they line up perfectly.

    quilt back corner

    Thank you Madame Samm for encouraging me to be part of Stash Manicure.
    ........and to all of you who stuck with me through this post. 
    If you have struggled with bindings in the past
    I hope I was able to ease your fears.  
    If you have any questions please please email me.
    I'll try my best to walk you through it.
      GIVEAWAY........IT'S  A GIVEAWAY..........
    The red and white Valentine table runner I used in the tutorial was offered as a free project 
    by Sherri at A Quilting Life as part of the 'Be Mine Blog Tour". 
    Super easy instructions are on her blog...
    please go and visit, she would love to hear from you:)

    tablerunner 2

    The winner will be able to choose their gift...

    1. The table runner is quilted, bound and ready to gift....or 
    2. Two charm packs of Lily and Will II....or
    3.  Visit Crazy Quilt Girl Fabric Shop and if you see 2 charm packs
    you can not live without.... let me know which 2 they are.
       
    TO WIN....

    ...be a follower of Stash Manicure and leave a comment on this post

    ...be a follower on my blog QuiltnQueen 
    leave a comment telling me which one of the 3 prizes you would like to win
    just say 1, 2 or 3 then
    .....tell me something... like......what you found most useful about this post 
    or say "that is exactly how I bind my quilts" or
    .....something like I've got  sewing machines.
    **************
    Just one comment here on Stash Manicure and 
    one comment on my blog titled ".....I'm a guest blogger on Stash Manicure"


     The drawing will be on February 14...Valentines Day

    I hope you enjoyed my post....Thank you for your comments:)

    Happy Stitching, Pauline

    171 comments:

    Tammy J said...

    #2. That is almost exactly how I do my binding. I will try pleating my quilt next time so I don't fight it so much. And, I will pin the miter on the back...That's the part that pulls the most for me. Great Post!

    Pip at Rest is not idleness said...

    Now I know to use 3/8" instead of 1/4", and your way of doing the mitre in the corner looks easy peasy. I always learn something here.

    Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

    I'm a follower of Stash Manicure!

    Sally said...

    2, really great binding tutorial, probably the best one I have ever read! Thanks!

    Heather A said...

    #3 - can't get Kate Spain's Central Park out of my mind.

    I'm new to quilting --- been dreaming them and designing them in my head for years but am now actually going to start making! I'm scared so thanks VERY much for a binding tutorial. It will be very helpful to me.

    quilts said...

    Thanks for the great tut. I love the mitered corner. I'm follower!Claudia

    Sherri said...

    Great tutorial...and I love your table runner! Thanks for the mention!

    Michelle said...

    OMGosh! After reading this post, I believe the sky opened up and a choir of angels started singing! I loved this post! I've always used 1/4" but on my next binding I will try the 3/8".

    And if I should be so lucky, I would love #1.

    the woolen cellar said...

    Thanks for the tutorial. I had never thought of using my walking foot so I will give it a try. I would be happy with any give away but really like number 1.

    Deanna said...

    Hmmm...some good tips here. I want my corners to be as perfectly pointy as yours, so I will give it a try on my next quilt. Prize #2 or three: charm packs would be wonderful. Thanks!

    BillieBee (billiemick) said...

    I'm a follower of Stash Manicure

    BillieBee (billiemick) said...

    I'm a QuiltinQueen follower and would love the Table Runner. Your tutorial was excellent.

    Vroomans' Quilts said...

    You can breath now - you did an excellent tutorial on a much needed subject. I have seen some lovely projects done and then the bindings distract from a great finish. I do my bindings this same way, always pin the corners first (and sew them first). Sew nice to see hand sewn bindings, too. I made this table runner in almost the same fabrics - small world. It was a lovely, easy pattern and I gifted it on. I would love some Lily and WIll (#2). Again, thank you for a wonderful tutorial to share with us on Stash.

    pcflamingo said...

    Excellent, clear instructions! When I am ironing my bindings, I roll them up into a loose roll that will fit over my wrist. Then I "wear" the roll on my wrist as I am sewing the binding to the quilt. That method works for me, to keep the binding off the floor (and gathering up threads and scraps....)

    schmidt1016 said...

    This was a very good explanation. It's a little different from how I do it, but I can see the benefits. Thanks.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

    Janet said...

    Great photos accompanying your tutorial. I follow Stash Manicure.

    CJ said...

    I'm a follower already! :D

    Amo said...

    Yes, I always do mt bindings like that too but I never quite got the joining of the strips before. I will have to give your way a go. Better than a fold and lay over.

    Stampmouse said...

    great instructions. thank you so much!!!!

    Christine said...

    Yes I am a follower here and I would like either 1 or 2 and I do my binding just like your

    Thank you
    Christine

    Laurie in Maine said...

    Excellent tutorial! My daughter is a new quilter and was trying to figure this out from a book. I suggested finding a tutorial online and THIS is the one I shall send the link for :)

    (I most love pictures - esp with the "Quilter's hands" shots!) This is the way I do bindings - although the point about bias strips last longer has just sunk in after finding quilts with shredded edges. #1 - so I can see the quilting up close...

    Johanne said...

    #3 Fantastic tutorial, so clear. My corners will now be so nice! Thank you very much.

    Patches said...

    #3 I do a similar methond with my binding, however the extra tips I learn in this tutorial will make mine look even better.

    Susanne said...

    I LOVE bindings! And I FEAR putting the two ends together. Thank you for your hint. I will try it!
    Best wishes
    Susanne
    PS #1 I love the table runner. Would be nice to see it all day :D

    Sunnybec said...

    I do my binding the same but not the ending. Will have ago at doing it your way. I am a follower of Stash Manicure and my choice would be 3. Thanks for the chance to win.

    VivJM said...

    Wish I'd seen this tutorial before I joined the binding on my latest quilt last night!! Will definitetly be trying this next time. Love the table runner too :-)

    Sew Create It - Jane said...

    #2 sounds like a very generous prize.

    I just loved your post as it it exactly the way I do my bindings! Everything...even down to using the piece you cut off one end to measure the amount to cut off the other end.

    Strangely yesterday I was just thinking that my next post on Stash could be about binding and you beat me to it! LOL I'm so glad you did as you have explained it far better than I would have. Now I'm off to look at your blog...I just have a feeling I'm going to love it.

    Quiltjane said...

    I am a humble follower and would love to win 2 Central Park charms. Thank you for such a well presented tutorial on bindings.

    Madame Samm said...

    Good Morning Pauline...Binding will no doubt be made easier for me. This has been something that has been somewhat of a challenge...sew now I am ready. Your tut was fabulous. Now breathe...and again lol. and I love #1. I am entering this one....love the runner...and I only have 1 machine ( that I work on at any given time) that is all I am saying. lol. Way to go Pauline...

    Teresa said...

    I'm a follower who enjoyed the tutorial and learnt something from it. I'd love to win the Moda Antique Fair and Basics.

    The Bear's Blog said...

    Pauline,

    Thank you, this is most helpful and very detailed. Yippee, I will be doing nice bindings.

    (o:

    Hugs,
    Joyce

    Pia said...

    I'm a follower. I will print your tutorial and try it with the quilt I'm making right now.

    Karen said...

    Thanks for the tip on how to sew the 2 ends together at the end. I'm going to try that on my next quilt. I'm a follower here, going to your site to sign up there.

    Diane N said...

    I'm a follower of Stash Manicure! Love the blog!

    Mama Spark said...

    Well you already know that I follow Stash and you. You also know that I do my binding like this because you taught me how to do it!! You tutorial was amazing and I think a lot of people could benefit from this information!! Way to go BFF, I'm so proud of you!! I would take the runner or #3.
    XOP

    Susan said...

    Very clear instructions and very similar to how I do it - NOW - but it took me years to get the joining right until I saw a blog that suggested you overlap the ends by 2.5" - and bingo! the light went on. I like a quarter inch binding so I cut mine smaller than the standard but the theory still works! (and maybe a reminder to place the binding around the quilt first to make sure there you wont get seams on the corners - that can be quite irksome!)

    Ellyn said...

    wow great tutorial! I have always loved binding my quilts & now I have some new tips to try! I'm a follower here. #1 is my choice

    Lee said...

    number 1 is my choice! I am binding challenged - I hand stitch mine. I am going to give the tutorial a try. Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

    Zia Maria said...

    Lovely runner, follower via google reader!

    rebecca said...

    Wondeful guest blogger. Great tips on binding. I am planning on winning the table runner. We'll see how that goes?

    Ann Flowers said...

    First thank you so much for such great instructions on binding. I tried it once had terrible trouble the first foot I did and gave up thinking it was just not something I could do. BUT you tutorial may well be my save.

    I am already a follower on this blog. Thank you so very much for the great giveaway!

    If I happen to win, #1 would make a beautiful piece to accent my apartment:)

    Ann Flowers
    flowerscrazyq@gmail.com

    DebbieM said...

    Beautiful tablerunner and beautiful idea on how to bind. I've been a Stash Manicure follower everyday via my Google account. It is delivered to me each day and I love it. Thanks for the opportunity to win the giveaway!

    LJ said...

    I'm a follower!
    We're never too old to learn new things! I do my bindings similarly but I've learned something new today.

    Linda said...

    Just became a follower and looking forward to it! Wonderful tutorial. I will refer back to it very soon! :-)

    theolde stone house said...

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I saw this done once and it looked so good but never found directions. Can't wait to try it.
    I don't care which prize.
    Will check out your blog.
    Have a good day.
    Rhonda

    Paul said...

    I just checked out your blog, added you to my "follow list"...

    I learned this method from the person who taught me to quilt. I LOVE the idea of pleating the quilt with a large pin to ease the tension, I will definitely start doing that!! I bought a special binding ruler, but it just doesn't work quite as well.

    Since you asked... If my number is picked, I LOVE the Moda Marbles Citrus, and Moda Marbles Bright packs.

    Dorian said...

    Thanks for a nice tutorial. I'm a follower here at Stash.

    Marj said...

    I'm a follower of Stash Manicure!

    Bonnie said...

    I will definitely try the 3/8" seam next time. I now understand how you finish the binding, had been told how to do it but I guess I am a visual learner because the pictures really helped.
    The table runner is beautiful!

    Renea said...

    Thanks for all the hints for binding a quilt. I have never used 3/8" seam so I will be trying this. I do use the other methods you showed everybody.

    krisgray said...

    Oh - an angle at the corners! I gave up on continuous binding early on in my quilting career and use the Animas Quilting binding tool and four strips, mitering each corner.

    Lyn said...

    The best tutorial I have read. I will be telling several people to stop by here.

    Brenda said...

    I will try using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. I also learned how to finish the binding strip at the end. I am a follower.I would choose either 1 or 3.

    Cathy said...

    #2 I learned to pleat and how to join, my joining was not soo good, I will try this method. And I already am an avid follower of both your blog and stash's blog. Great tutorial thanks.

    Tiffany Sherman said...

    Pauline... you're awesome!!

    Stray Stitches said...

    Great tutorial. I make my binding in the same manner and always have success.

    JCnNC said...

    I do my binding just like this and now happy that I know others also do this. I did not know about the 3/8" - thanks for a wonderful tutorial.

    Peggy said...

    Would love the two charm packs of lily and will.

    JCnNC said...

    I am a Stash Manicure Follower for sure.

    patticakes said...

    Thank you for the excellent tutorial - I am going to try the mitered corner detail to see if I can get prettier corners on my binding - great hint!
    Of course, I'm a follower of Stash Manicure - isn't everyone? lol!

    LiahonaGirl said...

    Great tips! Thanks. Just became a follower on your blog.

    Nicole said...

    I'm a follower of Stash Manicure's blog and your blog. You make binding seem so easy.

    Marie said...

    Great posting! I am a follower of Stash Manicure and would love a charm pack!
    Marie

    Cindy said...

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I do my bindings the same way however I have not tried putting a pleat in the quilt when joining the ends of the binding. Great idea! Also, did not know that bias binding wears longer. I'll have to remember that!

    Generous giveaway! If I had my druthers, #3 would be my choice with Central Park charms. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

    Dee said...

    #3 - I am a follower of Stash Manicure and now will be on your blog - number of sewing machines or working sewing machines. Do antique machines count???? I have a 3 that I use, a featherweight, a hand crank, a treadle, and a Singer 304-note I did not count. I am going to give that 3/8ths a go = thank you.

    Kathy H said...

    I am a follower of stash manicure and always enjoy reading this blog as I find so many tips. Today was the best. Thanks you for the directions on the perfect binding. I was getting ready to put the binding on my daughter's wedding quilt and I wanted to do this binding. I have 2 sheets of directions that I looked at over and over yesterday and was just not getting it. I thought I would have to put regular binding with no mitered corners or nice finish. I was so thrilled to see this post. I get it! On my way now before I forget how to do this. But I saved the tutorial for the next time. Thanks again.
    Your giveaways are all great. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Tiffany said...

    #3. Thanks for the tutorial. I just finished binding a wall hanging using a lot of these same methods. I'm pretty new, so I'm glad to know I did it right. Except for one thing... I stitched my binding to the back and then folded it over to the front and hand stitched it down (instead of folding it over to the back). Is that bad? I think it still looks good!

    Gail said...

    Hi, this was a great tutorial. I'm of the opinion that no matter what you already know or do you can always learn something "NEW" and I DID!.

    I use a similar method but my seam allowance is 1/4" vs. your 3/8" (I'll try the 3/8"). I also end my binding the same way but I never thought about pleating the quilt to make it easier to stitch the ends of the binding--SUCH A GREAT IDEA and I'm going to do that now too.

    Thanks again,
    Gail :)

    marilyn said...

    I've found an even better way to bind quilts. Her name is Rhoda and she is my binding buddy. I take my quilts to her and she binds them for me! She loves to bind quilts! You see, we are a team of quilters. There are those in the group who make the tops, I do the quilting and then there is Rhoda, the Binding Beast :) Everyone needs a Rhoda :)

    Diane H said...

    Fantastic post, thank you. No lie - yesterday spent time surfing trying to find out just how to do my corners. Will save this for sure. #2 if I were to be lucky please.

    Leah said...

    Great post. I follow both you and Stash Manicure. :) I have been doing my bindings the way you demonstrated for some time, but I never added the step where you stitch at an angle through the corner. I usually just ended the stitching at the mark and then pivoted, relying on my own skills to do the fold. That extra stitching will help keep my corners even crisper. Thanks!

    Janice said...

    I love stash manicure, and have been a follower for quite a while. Thanks for the tutorial and your table runner is lovely. Would love to win it.

    Mommarock said...

    I've been working on a hand stitched hexagon quilt for a while now, and thinking ahead to the binding stage.. (shaking in fear). I have been playing it over and over in my head how I am going to do this. I never thought I would find a tutorial that would make it SO clear and easy that I felt comfortable. I think I am going to be able to bind my quilt and it will look perfect! I don't want to have it end up looking poorly after all the work I put into it. I will likely be purchasing a sewing machine at that point to do the job, so I am super excited.

    Betty said...

    the 3/8" stitching was most helpful...thanks!
    #3 please, if I am the lucky one! Thanks!

    Charlene S said...

    I am a follower of Stash Manicure and your follower also. I learned quite a bit from your tutorial which is good since I am my daughter's "Rhonda".

    Mary said...

    Great tutorial! Very clear and easy to understand. Thanks so much!

    gill said...

    I follow you!
    This is how I do my corners too!

    Nanbon44 said...

    great tutorial, I am heading to check out the rest of your blog...

    Material Mary said...

    I learned a lot from your post today. I have bound at least 100 quilts to date and I love your technique. Thanks. I'm a follower.
    Mary

    Teresa said...

    Any time you find someone who says that binding is their favorite thing to do, you MUST pay attention...you will learn something valuable!! And I did...I love the part about pinning a big old pleat in the edge of the quilt while sewing together the ends of the binding at a 45 degree angle. That is FABULOUS! Everything else I do the same way. Thanks for teaching this old dog a new trick! I'd love an opportunity to win #1 (your beautiful table runner).

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

    Anonymous said...

    Thanks for the great tutorial. This is the way I do mine (when I finish something) except I measure the second binding cut to be the same as the strip, but the BIG payoff here was the 3/8 inch seam allowance. THANK YOU FOR THAT!!
    I used 1/4 and left a bit of batting to get the edge nice. This is BETTER and thank you!!!
    Mary Malone

    If I win, I'll take anything that is left over - I would love any of the options.

    Mary Malone
    maryandruss@wi.rr.com

    matate10 said...

    I do my binding the same way except the 3/8 seam.Great post. Prize # 2 please. Thankyou!

    Sequana said...

    Great tute. Now of course the big question.....attach that binding by hand or machine?....*S*

    Thx for the chance to win stuff. I'd like #2 if I do.

    Pots and Pins said...

    I'm a follower of Stash and of your blog! Love the Valentine runner - would look so nice on my table. I had one but gave it away! Thanks for the great tute...ya learn sumpthin' new ev'ry day - like the pin trick! xo, Nan

    Mom Quilter said...

    I'm a follower. I love the tutorial!

    Meri said...

    Great tutorial! I'm a follower of both blogs now!
    Thanks for a chance to win...#3 is great!
    XOXO

    Shannon said...

    I am a follower here. Thank you for this post. I love how you ended your binding. I am having a hard time with that. Now I will not be worried any more.

    StitchinByTheLake said...

    Pauline I saw a couple of hints in this tutorial that will be making a big difference in the way I do bindings. You did a fabulous job - great pictures and clear directions - so thank you. And thank you for the giveaway. While I love the table runner I am totally in love with Lily and Will and haven't had the chance to pick any up. I'd love to win that! blessings, marlene

    Heartsdesire said...

    I'm a follower of Stash Manicure and I enjoyed your tutorial very much. I use the same method and most of the time my corners turn out well. Next time I do binding though I think I will follow your tutorial all the way through just to make sure I'm doing it right.

    Cindy said...

    I follow Stash Manicure :) and I loved the tutorial... thanks for sharing :)

    Idaho Quilter said...

    I knew there was a trick for sewing the ends together, now I know what it is, thanks a million.

    VickiB said...

    I'm a follower here and at your place! Great tutorial and wonderful giveaway. So hard to choose if I were lucky enough to win. I'm going to try your miter method!

    QuiltKorner said...

    Thanks for the tutorial. I do mine the same but never tried the 3/8" seam. Next time.! I'd like #2 and I am a follower. Koye

    Lynda said...

    I do my binging similar - will try the 3/8 seam. would like to win the charm packs - either 2 or 3. Thanks for the tute.

    Pokey said...

    Great tutorial, great pictures! I do follow here, and Quilt'n Queen. I appreciate the great giveaway, too, any of the offers are neat, but picking my own, charms, I'd probably pick Kate Spain's new line. Thanks!

    Meg said...

    That was a great tutorial--no matter how many times I've bound quilts, I still have to stop and refer back to my little folder of bookmarked tutorials--this one is going in that folder! I've been a follower here for a few months now, and love it!

    Also, #3! I'd love a couple of charm packs of City Weekend!

    liz said...

    Your instructions are so clear. You must have spent a long time on them or you are a natural born teacher. Either way, I loved your post. Congratulations. I don't think there is anybody who wouldn't have learned something from that. I am a Stash Manicure follower, and now I am a disciple of yours! #3 for me please.

    KMSC said...

    I'm a Stash Manicure follower -- a definite daily read. I would love to win the already finished Valentine table runner! Thanks for a great tutorial; I bind my quilts the same way but a refresher never hurts.

    Crazyquiltgirl said...

    What a great tutorial. I know you've been working so hard on getting this tutorial just right. And I think you were spot on. Pauline, I'm so proud of you.

    The Nifty Stitcher said...

    Fantastic tutorial - thanks Pauline. that's the neatest joining method I've seen. Neat and professioanl. Would love to be included in your giveaway.

    Mimi said...

    Thank you for this awesome tutorial - it has very clear instructions! Oh! Please count me in for the giveaway too.

    webmailaddress2 said...

    Great tutorial! Binding the quilt is one of the best steps of the process.

    robin said...

    Nice tutorial. :) I'm a follower. I'd love #3. Thanks for an awesome giveaway! :)

    JudyB said...

    I'm a follower of Stash Manicure. Excellent tutorial with pictures - that really helps with binding tips!! Thanks for the giveaway also!

    apple blossom said...

    follower here

    love to win the runner but it was a hard choice

    email in profile

    Cecilia said...

    #3 Lollipop and Dilly Dally. I'm a follower of Stash Manicure. I really enjoyed your tutorial, I have bookmarked this post so that I can print it out. You explained the process very well. Thank you for both the post and for the giveaway.

    Marcia W. said...

    Thanks for the binding tuto. The section about turning the corner and accurate measurement is a tip I need to remember. #3 double packs of Sunkissed (for my Birdie blocks). I already follow QuiltnQueen and also Stash Manicure as MarciaW. For your convenience, here is the url for the charms I like. http://www.crazyquiltgirlfabricshop.com/servlet/the-2159/moda-sunkissed-charm-pack/Detail
    Thank you for the fun and congrats on the lovely blog makeover, esp. the crown! Is that the work of Madame Samm?

    Christine M said...

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I always avoid mitred bindings but perhaps I'll give it a go!

    Jeane said...

    I am a follower of Stash Manicure. Your tutorial was great and a refresher for me and I like your last join up instructions.

    Trudi said...

    That's a great binding tutorial! I'm a stash manicure follower (stalker! lol)

    Patty D from NC said...

    thanks for the tutorial. I am a SM follower.

    KatieQ said...

    I am a follower of Stash Manicure. I would follow Madame Samm anywhere. I always used 1/4" to attach my binding. It never comes out that great so I will try your method of using 3/8'.

    Kathy said...

    I'm a follower of Stash Manicure.

    This isn't how I do my binding, but I will try your method next time. It's looks easier and more accurate than the way I've been doing it.

    Sherry said...

    What a great way of doing your binding I'm almost finished with a quilt so I will try this way. But I have a question if you have extra on your back can you bind with this material so it gets sewn on once and not twice. Hope you can understand what I'm tring to say. I'm sorta new at this part.

    Marie said...

    Thank you - this is much easier than how I do it and I didn't see the big lump I get at the opening. Hmmmmmm - i thought it was supposed to be there.

    I am a follower of both your blog and Stash Manicure.

    Hugs - Marie (choice 2 please)

    carolph said...

    choice number 3 please. enjoyed the tutorial and what you did for the website makeover

    queenopearls said...

    Evenin'! Hands down you win with ~13 machines! I am down to 3 at this point.
    As for the binding, I will have to try your method because, laying the cut off portion next to the right side folded portion and then cutting that binding... make me think there will not be enough fabric. My mind won't wrap around that. Why do you lay the one part open and then, if I understand correctly, just cut on the fold anyway? Am I as lost as I feel?
    I understand the stitching along the quilt top and the 45 degree angle out to the corner It's the connection process I don't understand.
    As for the giveaway, I'd like #2. :)
    I'd also like to understand this process better.
    Thanks a million,
    Christina in Cleveland, OH

    Nancy B said...

    Wonderful tutorial. I learned a lot. Thanks for the great talented guests you bring us. I'm a follower.

    Beverly said...

    I'm a follower of Stash Manicure. Thanks for the wonderful instructions. Binding is something I fear, but I think this looks do-able.

    Brenda said...

    Thanks for your instructions. I have made and put binding on a quilt before but I may use your instructions for a scrappy binding in the future. Love the way it looks!

    Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

    Now I finally get how to miter that last bit on a binding! I have watched so many tutorials but I couldn't get the hang of any of them. Thank you!!

    Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

    I follow here, there, and everywhere lol. I would choose #3. I saw some gorgeous 30s solids that I could use for an upcoming project.

    Pat said...

    I tried doing a binding on a quilt once, well now I know why I didn't know what I was doing. LOL I am a follower here and now I am off to see yours. Always thanks for the blog.

    Dolly said...

    You did a nice job on this tutorial, but I don't get the part where you lay the cutoff binding piece next to the fold of the binding piece that is coming from the other direction and cut. It looks like you only cut through the top half? I'm confused......

    Michelle Lovatt said...

    I have been one of your followers for some time and love it :) It would be great to win #1, it's beautiful. Thanks

    ShirleyC said...

    You did a great tutorial on the binding. I've been practicing on a mug rug.
    I would love to win the Table Runner. It would go perfectly in my kitchen.

    Following Stash Manicure also.

    ytsmom said...

    I am going to try this method. Thanks!!

    Amy said...

    Thank you for the tutorial. I had not read or seen the tip on turning the quilt and sewing to the corner on the turns. It makes perfect sense. I'm anxious to give it a try!

    Jaci said...

    #2. I loved the tutorial, I will be printing this out to keep with my quilting supplies.
    I have been a follower of the stash manicure for awhile, and just trying to get mine under control, I'm getting a lot of great ideas through the posts I have seen here.

    Anonymous said...

    Excellent tutorial! Now maybe I can get goin' on my binding! And before I forget: I am a follower of Stash Manicure - I love this blog and read it first thing in the a.m.!
    lvitzthum@alaska.net

    Canadian Kristin said...

    [happy dappy follower]

    Kelly Rachel said...

    This is the best binding tutorial I've ever read. No joke. At nearly each step I went, 'Aah, so that's how you do it PROPERLY!' Especially getting the last bit to lay flat - that is a tip I'll be using from now on! I've always had trouble with that bit.
    I'm a follower of Stash Manicure - have been for ages!

    Peach Rainbow said...

    #3 - Thank you so much for the tutorial - These are so helpful for a beginner like me :)

    Teresa Felgueiras said...

    Thank you for a really helpful tutorial. I'm already a follower of Stash Manicure.

    Jessica said...

    I'm already a follower on Stash Manicure (GFC) :) Thanks for the binding tutorial, I like to look at different ones to create my own method.

    Impera_Magna said...

    Very cool tutorial... picked up several tips to improve my binding skills! Thank!

    Elsina said...

    I am new to quilting and looking for tutorials and inspiration and info, and so found your blog. This tut is awesome, thanks so much!

    Mary said...

    I am a follower, and love your tutorial on the binding. Thank you for the tips.

    amandajean said...

    what a great tutorial, Pauline! thanks for sharing your tips. i've never pinned a big pleat in my quilt when joining my last two ends, but i'm definitely going to try it! thanks for the great idea.

    Gmama Jane said...

    I follow Stash Manicure AND your blog! BUT... I don't follow written directions very well. I was lost as a goose...but then that's me! I am not a seamstress like you!! Sorry! The table runner would be my pick!!
    Love ya
    Gmama Jane

    Katie said...

    I'd have to pick #3 and say that I couldn't live without some Chrysalis! :) It's not my style at all, but somehow I just have to get some! I love how descriptive you are on your binding when cutting and sewing the last ends together! I always just "winged" it and if it didn't work seam rip and try again! Thanks so much!

    Mary said...

    I liked reading how you do your bindings. Mine are 2- 1/4" and I run off at the corners now too. I'll have to try the pleating next time though, that was new to me. Thanks for posting here. 1,2, or 3 is fine to win is FUN.

    Millie said...

    Thanks for such a great detailed tutorial on bindings. A binding can make or break a quilt. I have learned a lot from your tutorial!
    I am a very happy follower of Stash Manicure, it is a great blog for inspiration and I am always learning something new.

    Char said...

    I do my binding just that way. I learned this method from BHG Complete Guide to Quilting

    Dianne Giles said...

    I am a follower of Stash Manicure!! Great binding tutorial. I especially like the tip of using the cut off bit of binding as a guide as to how much to cut off the other side - no rulers or tapes required - brilliant!! Cheers, Dianne

    Pattie Crum said...

    That's the best explaination I've seen for joining the binding ends, I always have trouble getting that right.

    Sallie said...

    I'm a follower of Stash Manicure and QuiltnQueen. I make my corners the way shown in the tutorial. I would choose #3 Me and My Sister Favorites charm pack. Thanks for the chance. Happy Valentine's Day!

    quiltma said...

    I'm a follower.

    Miki Willa said...

    Thank you for this tutorial. I really struggle with joining the ends of my binding, but I enjoy the rest of the process. Now, I should have better luck at the joining.

    bhafer said...

    I am a follower and going through the step by step on the corners is going to be very helpful. I would choose number 3, the civil war packs. Thanks for post.

    Kira said...

    I follow. I have to force myself to not "cut corners" quilting.

    Deb G. in VA said...

    Great tutorial! I'm a follower of Stash Manicure.

    a.niza said...

    I'm a follower of Stash Manicure.
    Thanks, Pauline..for your tutorial on sewing the binding end at 45 deg. Your's is the easiest method I have tried so far and practised on 3 mug rugs today!!!! yay!!
    thank you , again!

    Julie said...

    I live in SE Michigan too! Do you teach any classes around here? Would live a personal tutorial! Great binding method!

    Kathleen C. said...

    I learned some new things in this tutorial; the photos are really, really helpful. Thanks so much.

    Colleen said...

    I always love good tutorial on binding. I still have trouble with attaching the ends. Thanks!

    Deb said...

    This is a tutorial I really needed...I love being able to see the pictures of how to do it! I just became a follower on Stash Manicure and am following your blog now, too. Thanks for the chance to win #1 - the table runner!!!

    KarenOjai said...

    I've been a follower (stalker) of your blog for a few months now. I I use the same method to do my bindings too!.. I'd love to win this cute runner.. #1 is my choice because I'm all about the instant gratification!! Love your blog.

    Jen said...

    #1! great tute! I love how you explained the corners.

    talkn58 said...

    Great pictures and ideas. LOVE the mug rug on your post. IWANTTHATPATTERN!!

    Melissa said...

    Thank you SOOOO much for the tutorial on binding. I was just trying to learn this at a Retreat this weekend and was wishing I had pictures and notes to remember it. Now I do! Can't wait to finish my quilt binding tomorrow!

    Melissa said...

    Oops! I forgot...if I win, I choose prize #3, absolutely LOVE Central Park and Sunkissed!

    Laila Mogensen said...

    #2, to me it's was a very good tutorial. I always seems to forget have to get the binding binding with the "correct" angle. Thanks for letting me know, I'll have to save this post for good. ;))
    From a happy quilter in Denmark

    Laila L S said...

    I would love to have #1 if I'm the winner. I do binding the same way exept for the measuring of the ends. Will try your way next time.

    mblittle5 said...

    I love the way you figure how to sew the final seam to finish the binding. I always get messed up with that. I've printed your tutorial to add to my resource binder. Thanks a bunch!!!

    Kathleen said...

    I am a follower of SM...

    Lueyes said...

    Excellent binding tutorial. I learned a lot. If I am a winner, I pick #3, the table runner. It is just beautiful.

    Laine said...

    Great tutorial. I always use my walking foot to sew on the binding. I really found it informative on how you got the ends to meet up and then you did the diagonal cut. I will try this on my next project.

    lsandes@comcast.net

    Quiltin' Sandy said...

    thankyou for your binding tutorial. I have never used my walking foot yet. I usually handpiece and handquilt, just sewing the binding on the front of the quilt with my machine, then handsewing it at the back. I do want to try my walking foot to try FMQ so this would be a good way to start. I would really like to choose #3 if I am lucky. :)
    sandangels1945@hotmail.com

    Kay said...

    Oh I wish I had seen this a few weeks ago when I was struggling with joining a binding. I'm bookmarking it now and printing it off for my next quilt!

    Corrie said...

    I've never sewn into the corner at an angle - will have to try. Thanks for the tips!