Friday, April 29, 2011

End of Month Giveaway...an An ALL STAR giveaway..

This is an ALL STAR giveaway..
to celebrate SPRING

1 winner gets all 3 prizes...

1st a copy from
That Patchwork Place -Martingale & Co
Runners, pillows....
bathroom caddy...

This would be sew easy and practical..
YES yes yes...Martingale...THANK YOU!

How about a cube pillow or something for boys..
always looking for project for boys..
I like this and with the fat quarters here for our giveaway
this would make a great boys pillow..

Don't you just love the simplicity of this chain stitch
on just a plain white fabric..I do..!

 Oh look an envelope pillow...
all these in this great book..

 2nd prize....A fat quarter bundle of ALL STAR 2
from Riley Blake...
There are 10 FAT quarters all in greens
and browns...again perfect for boys and SPRING.
Thanks to Riley Blake for some great collections for 
BOYS...

 3rd prize And Look 3 spools of  Presensia sewing threads and 
 2 spools of El Molino Rayon ( take a peak at bottom of page..
Bag Lady and Presensia same company)
for some accent work on your projects..
I really love this thread, no lint collected in your
machine, and my machine just purrs with this...
The rayon I have used for bottom stitching on 
my recent quilt...
Thanks to Presensia for their fine Egyptian threads...


Draw will be on the 30th of April.
that is tomorrow...YEP!

WANT TO WIN? Here is what you can do...

#1 Be a follower, how easy is that?
#2 What do you use for binding your quilts.?
( tell me what width, fabric choices, stripes,
dots, scrappy...yep I want to know )
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(I know, that is it...no jumping here or there
and everywhere...)
Ohhh a  HUGE STAR  thank you to our sponsors would
be very appreciated!.


295 comments:

  1. If possible, the binding is the part of the back of the quilt. I make interesting backs - Bonnie Hunter style - and like them to peek around to the front. I think it's fun to make curious those who think that the front is all they get ;^}
    In short: expect the unexpected!
    Smiles and hugs from a sunny Amsterdam

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  2. OK another hiccup - I answered on the midnight roll over post - where did it go?

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  3. Such a generous giveway... thanks
    I do a 2 1/2" strip always for my binding and iron in half longways..... and I sometimes maching sew it down and sometimes by hand (it depends what I am making) and a matching fabric... at the moment I am loving stripey binding.....
    Hugz

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  4. ... and I am a follower....
    Hugz

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  5. I use 2 1/2" strips. Mitered to attach for the length. I do like strips when they work! I like a contrasting piece that matches the colortones. Machine sewed on top and drawn to the back hand sewn.
    Martingale is a great resource, I LOVE Riley Blake's creations, I always wanted to try Presensia and haven't yet so that would be a treat! I am a follower and love your blog!

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  6. A big thank you to our sponsors for their generous giveaeay! I like to cut my binding at 2-1/4" from yardage; sometimes to use up leftover pieces or ugly fabric I'll make scrappy bindings and roll them onto an empty paper towel roll for later.

    Linda
    ps - I'm a follower :O)

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  7. Great giveaway! Please count me in! I use strips of 6.5 cm, always matched with front of quilt.
    I am a follower.

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  8. i am a follower ,plains dots and scrappy for my bindings and 2.1/2 inches what a wonderful giveaway ,lindalawson@mail2linda.com

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  9. Thanks for the opportunity to enter such a great giveaway. For bindings, I use either 2-1/4 or 2½ inchm usually cut from width of fabric and joined. I have never used a scrappy binding but I reckon it would be a great idea.

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  10. I used 2 1/2 inch strips. I want to try smaller eventually, but I am still experimenting with binding, so I cut wider. I like using scrappy binding - and I haven't used it yet, but I'd like to experiment with dots soon.

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  11. What a generous give away. I love to use stripes or scrappy bindings. Mostly I cut strips of 4 cm or 6,5 cm. Of course I am a follower :-).

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  12. My bindings can be most anything. Sometimes it's the outer border fabric. Or an inner border fabric. Or pieced from fabrics in the quilt. Or whatever I can find that goes with the front and doesn't look hideous on the back. I love skinny bindings, so I cut 2 1/8", sew on by machine to the front, whip stitch to the back.

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  13. Binding? What binding do I use? I use whatever I think suits the quilt. Usually it's made of fabric that is in the quilt. Sometimes it's strip pieced, sometimes it's longer lengths of various fabrics and I even made binding out of little bits of fabric that I strip pieced and then cut up - that one looked really nice. Size? I never know what width to cut binding and I am forever looking it up. The strip pieced one was for a wall hanging and so it was only a single layer - about an inch and three quarters or maybe it was an inch and a half. Others have been double fold and either 2 inches or 2 and a quarter.

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  14. Lovely giveaway!.
    I use strips as well, usually stripes or dots. Always machine sew on the front, turn it over and by hand on the back.

    I am also a follower.

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  15. Great question. I'll be eager to see what everyone says. I use 2.5" strips, but am wanting to try to perfect a narrower binding using 2" strips.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

    PS - Should I be lucky enough to win, I'd like to donate this prize into a gift basket that is a fundraiser to help Ronald McDonald Houses. Thearica of Pigtales & Quilts is coordinating her annual fundraiser and looking for donations. www.pigtalesandquilts.com

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  16. I use 2 1/2 or 2 1/4 inch binding French Fold binding. I choose my fabric for the binding based on whether or not the quilt needs a contrasting "outline", some do, some don't. I actually enjoy hand sewing binding, although it is time consuming, I always do it on quilts that I feel are extra special. Baby quilts and picnic kinds of quilts get machine binding for durability.
    What an amazing giveaway! Thanks for a chance at such a Grand Prize!

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  17. I cut my bindings at 2.25 and like to use black and white and/or a geometric. Sometimes I use one of the fabrics in the project, sometimes something totally different. Thanks for the chance!

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  18. I cut my bindings to match the front and the back. I love using stripes cut on the bias or polka dots. I have been cutting my binding strips at 2 1/2 but think I will go with 2 from now on. Sewn on the front by machine and hand stitched to the back. Have tried to sew the binding all with the machine but I suck at that. Will have to practice.

    Have just tried something new a la Sharon Schamber:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE

    Elmer's school glue to hold my binding down as I sew.
    Worked like a charm. No pins or no binding clips to get in way. Yeah!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  19. Thanks for the 'sew wonderful giveaway...I'm a follower!

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  20. Morning Mme Samm I am a follower

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  21. I usually use 2.1/2 inch fabric, but sometimes this is too large so I am going to try 2.1/4 next time or maybe even 2. I try and match the binding with some of the fabric in the quilt, I admit sometimes I have problems trying to decide which colour looks the best.

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  22. I'm a follower. This place is such fun! The last three quilts I've made have been bound using the scraps left over from the quilt fabric itself. I've had enough pieces left to sew together and bind the edges.

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  23. Oh, I love to bind in spots or stripes! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. I like to use a double french binding on the bias for my nice quilts. If I make a small sample quilt, I sometimes cut a 1" strip with a pinking rotary blade, fold it in half, and fuse it over the edge of the quilt.

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  25. Oh Yes, what a beautiful prizes!! For my binding I mostly use a fabric that gives the quilt a swing.
    Sometimes just a one simple color, sometimes dots or stripes. I make a 2 1/2 binding. greetings from liesbeth and Yes I am a follower

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  26. Great give away. On my quilts and most of all the things I do with a binding it is on the bias. I always use my bias, never ready made. It is usually 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 inches wide. The color always goes with my project, sometimes it is a color that there is just a splash in the project to make it pop like pop corn, but it could also be just the color of the border fabric so that it doesn't frame the work. I notice that lots of times we forget to think about the bias, and it is very important, sometimes there is not enogh fabric to make the bias. I always add on 1/2 yard to one of my fabrics to be sure!!!! One other way to do if I want multiple color bias, I sew squares of fabric together to make a big square, and use that for my bias. I love it when my bias is full and firm.

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  27. I am a follower. I make my bindings with 2-1/4" strips as I like the edge of the quilt to "fill" the binding. I usually hand stitch the binding down. If I am going to machine finish, I cut a 2-1/2" binding. I often use a fabric from the center of the quilt to bind, however, just as often I use a very neutral fabric to bind or even the same fabric as the backing. It all depends on the quilt.

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  28. I'm a happy follower! Thanks for the fabulous giveaway :)

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  29. Eek! I haven't actually bound a proper quilt yet! I'm planning a 2.5" scrappy binding for the one I'm working on but I love to see spotty bindings too.
    I've only made baby playmats and blankets so far and have used either twill tape or wide satin ribbon to 'bind' the edges.

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  30. I'm already a follower - fabulous blog and very very helpful and inspirational! I make my bindings 2.5 inches (WOF not bias) in fabrics that either match the body of the quilt or the inner border - depending on what's in my stash. Now I"m off to watch the royal wedding!!

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  31. I am already a follower..thanks for hosting g/away :)

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  32. I have not bound my quilts as yet...since they are mostly still quilt tops...but what I would prefer or imagine my quilts will be using are either dots or stripes...which I think would give a unique effect on the quilts be it solids or prints....

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  33. Of course I'm a follower... like everyone else... but please pick me! I would LoVe to win this bundle. I use a binding size of 2 1/2in cut,double folded, stitched to the front then hand stitched to the back. :)

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  34. I follow your blog. Thanks to you and your sponsors for these great giveaway items!

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  35. I love a perfect binding! I do double fold and cut my strips 2 inches. And sometimes on small things only 1 7/8. I like stripes or tone on tone prints and always stitch it down by hand.

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  36. I am a newbie and so have not yet tackled binding yet, but I love the look of striped bindings!

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  37. Bindings that are plain are
    usually my favorite!

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  38. Hi Madam Samm, I'm an follower.
    Bindings - my favorit to do, on an quilt :o)
    I'm so glad that bindind don't come in an spray box....that woud bee to easy.
    I'll use the binding that suits the quilt. I use the sewing machine to stitched it to the front of the quilt and then hand stitched to the back.
    Hugs

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  39. My favorite width for binding is 2 1/2" and I prefer stripes cut on the bias because I like the way it swirls around the quilt. I also like a scrappy binding but only if the last border is solid. But that is just my opinion. LOL Years ago I bought the Binding Gizmo and I can't imagine trying to do a binding without it now. Makes the whole process so easy.

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  40. I'm a follower.
    I use 2 1/4 inch strips for binding, the fabric used depends on the quilt, a scrappy one could have several of the leftover's in the binding, other quilts I try to use same fabric in outside border as the binding.

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  41. I'm a follower, such a fantastic giveaway - how generous!

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  42. Binding - I'm a 2.25 inch binder. It really depends on the quilt which fabric I use. I love using stripes on the bias. Sometimes i need something simpler though. I have done scrappy and solid too.

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  43. I am a follower.
    I use 2 1/2 inch strips for binding on most quilts. I love using the leftovers for scrapy bindings but will use just one fabric if the quilt says it needs that. (Quilts talk to me the whole time I'm making them. LOL)

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  44. Thank you for the chance to win. I am a loyal follower and subscriber. I make my binding with 2.5 inch strips and I try to combine it with the last boder on the quilt.

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  45. Thanks for having such a generous give away. I thought I was a follower, I am now. I'm a follower on "Sew I quilt". Thank you Madam Samm. This is comment #1. ;>

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  46. My bindings are usually 2 1/2 inches. If I have enough left over it matches, if not its scrappy. It usually matches the front with one of the fabrics. Sometimes it matches the last border. Thanks again for a great giveaway and a great blog to wake-up to. ;> This is comment #2. ;>

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  47. I'm a follower!! I use scrappy bindings a lot. When I finish a binding, what ever is left is added to a big roll of binding I have already, and if a scrappy binding is needed, I already have it made!! And I cut mine 2 1/2 ".

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  48. Hi I'm a follower!! I enjoy reading your posts!!

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  49. I am a follower,of course, who wouldn't be!

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  50. I have been recently using a 2" binding folded in half and pressed. I use a 1/4" seam to attach it to my quilt. Then I sew the binding down my hand.

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  51. I use 2" strips for making my binding. Love to use striped fabric if I have some to match the quilt. Otherwise I choose the best fabric that goes with the quilt.

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  52. I am a dedicated and loyal follower!

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  53. I love to use polka dots for my bindings. I have done several quilts with black polka dot bias bindings.

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  54. ...and I use 2" strips, cut cross-grain, for my bindings. I love stripes for bindings, but if I don't have them, I'll do scrappy bindings. I keep a basket of the ends of bindings on my sewing table, and when I need a scrappy binding, I just dig in there and join 'em up! They're also handy for mug rugs. I sew my bindings on by machine to the front, then roll to the back and hand-sew them down. Fun to do while I'm watching TV at night with my DH!

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  55. My bindings are most often 2 1/4", machine sewn on the back then front. Otherwise, it takes me as long to hand-sew binding as it does to quilt it! I love something funky, polka dots or stripes or strippy, but if I just want to get it done, it usually matches the outer border.

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  56. Love following Stash Manicure... I like the variety seen here...

    Paul
    www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

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  57. OOPS... I didn't mean to delete my comment. Sad thing is, it gave me a warning, and I STILL deleted it! I obviously haven't had enough coffee this morning! This is what I had commented...

    Binding... Frankly, it's my least favorite part of a project. Width varies depending on the thickness of the batting I am using, but I usually cut my strips to 2.25".

    I have historically used a solid for my binding.

    Paul
    www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

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  58. I usually try to make my binding using 2 1/2" wide strips. I like to use the same fabric that I used for my border. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  59. I prefer 2.5" bindings and I don't like them scrappy. I don't know why - just prefer uniformity I guess. I like stripes and scrolls and solids - it's pretty rare that I use a flower print or something like that.

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  60. I have been a follower for a long time. This is the first blog I check every morning while having my coffee.

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  61. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win! I use fabric from the quilt to POP and Frame the quilt. Usually 1.5 to 2 in width that I iron my self into quarters. I know I should use the fabric on the bias, but I'm not worried about wear and tear. When it wears out, make another quilt! gougeonathome@charter.net (Allison)

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  62. 2.25 bias binding works for me. Love the striped look if it works with the quilt. Yummy dots are fun, too!

    Thanks for the give-away and great sponsors!!

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  63. I am a follower and love this giveaway! Love those fabrics, and the book is sew practical.

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  64. For my bindings I use 1-1/8 single fold for small wallhanging that won't see much use other than hanging on a wall and 2-1/4 for anything bigger. I also use whatever color or designs that seem to go with everything in the quilt. I am also a follower.

    carol.claytor@yahoo.com

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  65. I am a follower and have been for some time!
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  66. I use 2-1/2" binding, usually from one of the fabrics used in the quilt. However, the next quilt I make, I'm planning on using jelly roll strips!!

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  67. I cut my binding 2 1/2 inches - fold in half and sew it on. I love using a multi color binding by sewing strips of lots of colors used in the quilt to make the binding. When I don't do that I use one of the fabrics from the quilt for the binding or in a scrappy quilt I use a fabric that goes with it or lots of scraps!
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  68. I Love to make scrappy bindings. They are sew pretty and I love using this http://sometimescrafter.blogspot.com/2009/08/binding-tutorial-three-part-series.html for my bindings.

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  69. A wonderful giveaway, thanks for a chance at winning!

    I'm a follower, of course ;)

    I like to use 2.5" binding. Matching the colors in my project. I mostly use solids or T on T's. Although I think that strippy/pokadotty bindings are totally cute!

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  70. My favorite binding is a stripe cut on the diagonal. I love the looks of it wrapping around the quilt. One of my favorite things to do with leftover binding is cut bath towels that are starting to fray into quarters and bind them. They make much better kitchen towels than anything on the market and so absorbent. They don't tend to show all the stains either.

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  71. I'm a follower and I use either 2.5 or 2.25 inch strips for binding depending on the batting, the amount of fabric I have for the binding and my general mood when it's time to do the binding. Really what's a quarter inch here and there ;) I've been loving scrappy binding lately and doing that on a number of other quilts. Other wise it's a fabric from the quilt that holds everything in a very nice frame.

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  72. I am a follower. Thanks to the sponsors.

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  73. I have used the backing for the binding. Also, 2 1/2" strip of a complementary fabric.

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  74. I am a relatively new quilter, and so far I have only used pre-made bias tape.

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  75. I usually use 2.5 inch binding but not always. It really depends on the quilt and I use much smaller than I used to. I think I used to cut them 4 or 5 inches. I usually just use something that accents the quilt but I want to try one with a scrappy binding. Something that really draws the eye.

    Great giveaway!

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  76. And I'm already a follower...

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  77. I am very glad that you asked about the bindings.. I'm getting closer to binding my quilt.. and my plan is to use bias strips 2 1/2" wide. Although........I am very much going to be reading these posts to see if there are better (and easier) ideas to follow.

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  78. Good morning Samm.....of course I am a follower. My bindings are either 2.5" or 2.25". I luv the scrappy look, stripes on the bias, polka dots if it suits the quilt....even a 2 sided binding...one fabric that suits the front and a different fabric for the back... binding is my most favorite part of making a quilt....always, always hand stitched to the back....this would be a very sweet win...... crossing my fingers and toes.

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  79. I'm a follower. Thanks for this great giveaway chance - awesome sponsors!

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  80. I love that bathroom caddy! And the chain stitched on white fabric piece! I cut my bindings either 2" or 2 1/4" most of the time - do love the narrower bindings. And I love them scrappy or out of any print. blessings, marlene

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  81. I usually buy a half yard of fabric for my binding. If I have a border or its a really busy blanket, I use solid. If I have a lot of white and/or sashing I try to use one of my favorite prints from the line I'm working with. I'd like to try scrappy binding sometime tho - it always looks super cute when I see it on other people's quilts.

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  82. I'm a follower. I've used 2 1/2 strips of coordinating fabric for my binding. I'm still learning but this works for me.

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  83. Wow! What awesome prizes! I'll go and leave comments to tell the sponsors thanks! Oops....gotta tell you about my bindings, first! I do one of two things, usually: either bring the fabric around from the back (I know, boring!) or make a narrow, scrappy binding from leftovers. I actually think the scrappy is best!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  84. It's me again! I am a happy follower!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  85. I've been a follower for a while now :) What I bind with is whatever works with my backing/border fabrics. I love to use strips if I can find the right color combination - even better if the strips are printed on the bias already :) I also love the look of a scrappy binding. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  86. I am a regular follower of your great blog!!!!

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  87. I like to use scraps from the fabrics used on the quilt. I also like to use solids. I usually cut them 2" and then fold in half. I like to hand stitch the binding down on the back.

    Great giveaway.

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  88. I usually use 2" to 2 1/4" strips double folded for my binding. I try to use an accent piece from the quilt to frame it or, if that is not possible, just use the same fabric that I used for the border. I always handstitch my bindings.

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  89. i use a 2 1/2 inch strips cut from the bias of a fabric that matches the quilt or a silk ribbon. A couple of times i have just sewn the back fabric to overlap the front as a binding

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  90. I am a regular follower. I use 2.5 inch strips, bias if it is a rounded quilt, otherwise straight. I usually match it to some fabric from the front. I love stripes if I have it.

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  91. I love to do a scrappy binding. Double fold, measuring 2 3/4" to 3" . I embroidery machine stitch the binding to finish it.

    I am a follower.

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  92. What a lovely giveaway! For the binding I cut 2 1/2 bias strips of either the border fabric or complimentary color and iron it folded in half and usually sew it all by hand. I love the process especially since when I'm finished I have a completed quilt!
    Thanks for the chance!
    gale
    galew417@comcast.net

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  93. I am a happy follower.

    I usually cut 2.5" strips but sometimes use 2.25". Have never used bias binding or stripes. Often my binding is the last border fabric. Tried doing scrappy but sewing all those leftovers strips took tons of time.

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  94. I am a follower! FABULOUS giveaway! Thank you!

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  95. I am already a follower of you wonderful blog.

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  96. I use 2 1/2" strips. Mitered to attach for the length. I use stripes or plaids cut on a bias when they work. If I have a scrapy quilt and use a scrapy binding. Machine sewed on top and drawn to the back hand sewn.
    Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  97. Since I haven't made very many quilts - they all have been different. The Christmas quilt I cut strips of printed fabric for the binding. The baby quilts that I made from all my receiving blankets I bought that silky blanket binding. And the most recent thing I made I used jelly roll strips (which was a solid color) for the binding...which really turned out nice!

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  98. I use 2 1/2" binding sometimes dots and sometimes scrappy whatever strikes my interest;)

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  99. Bindings - love 'em! So relaxing to sew, and I'm at the finish, yes! My favorite is stripes, but then I have to cut them on the bias to get the best effect so more work. I usually try to use up something from my stash first if I can or fabrics in the quilt. I want to experiment with pieced bindings a bit, too.

    And yes, many thanks to those wonderful sponsers who are so generous to us all!

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  100. I like to use scraps from the quilt for my binding most of the time. I also like to use one color picked up from the quilt. I cut my bindings 2", and fold in half. I like to hand stitch the binding down on the back of the quilt.

    Fabulous giveaway. I love this blog for the great ideas.

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  101. I love stripes and polka dots for bindings. I usually try to make it something that goes with the backing so that it's sort of reversable. I LOVE sewing down the binding on a quilt. It's like closure on a project. Ah!

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  102. My favorite bindings are made from striped fabric. I cut 2 inch strips, sew them to the front, turn them to the back, and hand sew them down. I love the seamless look of hand stitching.

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  103. I cut my bindings 2 1/4" wide and try and use a stripe fabric and cut it on the bias.

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  104. I follow - gfc - emillie.
    hisprincess886 at yahoo dot com

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  105. I haven't gotten into binding quilts yet... but I need to learn :)
    hisprincess886 at yahoo dot com

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  106. I use anything for bindings, almost always cut WOF and 2" wide. I do like stripes.

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  107. Oh, you know I am a follower :) I love love All-Star!!! I have had my eyes on it for some time now :) I love scrappy bindings. I love to make sure I have leftovers from my layer cake or jelly rolls and turn them into an adorable scrappy binding. I always do a 2 1/2" width and I always machine attach my bindings. Yup, I don't do hand sewing :)

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  108. Good morning, I am already a follower! YEAH!

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  109. I am a follower, have been for a while! Love your blog!

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  110. My favorite part of quilting is relaxing with needle and thread and hand stitching the binding on!. I use 2.25" strips and, it depends on the quilt what type of fabric I use. I have used stripes, polka dots and some times a totally off the wall color, like ORANGE!

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  111. Binding is my least favorite part of making the quilt! But, I usually use the border fabric, or sometimes the backing (if it looks really good - like another little border!) I cut my fabric on the lengthwise grain, 2-1/4 inches wide, and handstitch on the back.

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  112. I use 2 1/2" strips of fabric for my bindings, usually something that is already in the quilt. I only cut bias strips when I have curves to go around. I machine stitch it onto the front and then hand stitch it to the back. I love to use plaids and stripes when possible!
    And I absolutely LOVE the giveaway!

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  113. Good morning! I am a follower now. I like a nice tight binding so I cut mine 2 1/8". I think stripes are my favourite for a binding. I machine sew it to the front and hand sew it down on the back. Binding is my favourite part because then it's done. Thanks to the sponsors for such a generous give away. Carla

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  114. I use 2" or 2.5" strips for binding...anything I have on hand. I love the look of stripes others use, but I'm not precise enough for that so pretty much anything other than stripes. I've done scrappy too which I love. I usually do something slightly darker than the quilt to ground it a bit. What a great giveaway!

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  115. I usually use 2/5"strips to make my bindings. I think I have used every kind of fabric for them. If it is a scrappy quilt then most likely it gets a scrappy binding too!!! got to use up all the scraps!

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  116. I usually use 2.25" double fold strips - often scrappy but not always!

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  117. I use 2 1/4" strips, folded in half. Machine sew them to the front, hand sewn on the back. For color, I usually use leftovers from the front of the quilt so that it matches.

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  118. I follow you and for bindings I always use a 2 1/2 inch strips. Usually I buy matching fabric for the binding but I have done scrappy ones too if I have a lot of pieces left over from piecing.

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  119. I'm a follower. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  120. I use 2 1/4" width of fabric for binding,usually a fabric from the quilt top or a kona solid.

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  121. Hi, I use 2" strips of one of the fabrics used in the quilt, I used a clover bias. I'm a follower. Fantastic giveaway. Thanks

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  122. I use 2.5" bias binding, usually of one of the fabrics that I've used in the quilt, or a coordinating solid that sets off the other colors. I also like the look of scrappy bindings, using up all those leftover bits!

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  123. Hi, I am a follower! Lisa in Texas

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  124. Binding...I usually cut 2 1/2" strips and don't have a set style for the binding...whatever works best for the quilt..I do like dots and stripes at the moment! Lisa in Texas

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  125. Thank you sponsors. SUch lovely prizes. I use 2 1/2 inch strips for the binding and whatever I have on hand. I do charity quilts and have lots of donated fabric.

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  126. The width of my binding depends on the size of the quilt....for baby and lap sized quilts, I use 2 1/8 strip folded, but on larger quilts, I use 2 1/4 strip, and do a fat 1/4" seam....for a bit wider binding. I love to do checks or strips for bindings....but it's usually something I used in the top.

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  127. What wonderful prizes! I have never owned any of those threads, and they would be perfect. Also I love boy fabrics with a new grandson on the way. Yippee! So here we go: 1) I am already a follower, 2) to bind quilts I usually use a 2-1/4" coordinating fabric cut on the bias machine sewn to the top and hand sewn to finish it on the back. Pretty vanilla, with nothing fancy for the most part. The last binding I did, however, was a different fabric on each side, which was a small challenge but really a big impact on the quilt. Fun, fun, FUN!

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  128. A big thankyou to the sponsors for the wonderful prizes. I use 2 1/2 strips of fabric for binding...folded in half, mitred corners and hand sewn to the back.

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  129. Happily following you!
    Plain solid bindings on floral or Americana quilts and stripes for novelty,childrens or holiday quilts, are my usual choices.
    Thank you for a very neat Giveaway!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  130. I'm a follower!

    I usually match my binding to one of the fabrics in the front. If it's a bed size quilt, I cut the strips 2 1/2" and make a double fold binding. If it's a smaller quilt, I'll use 2" or 2 1/4"

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  131. Sweet giveaway, thanks to all who are makeing it possible!. I use 1 or 1 1/2" binding on mini/small quilts and 2 1/2" on regular size ones. I fold/iron the binding in half, machine sew to the top, w/mitered corners and hand sew to the back. Usually they are the same color as the last border strip, but occasionally I will use a fabric that contrasts.

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  132. Awesome giveaway and a wonderful opportunity. I cut 2-1/4", double-fold, straight-grain binding for straight-edge quilts and bias for curved edge. I also cut a 1/4" away from quilt so that part "stuffS the binding. I love the playfulness of the stripe fabric and use it when called for. Judy C

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  133. I am most definitely a loyal and inspired follower. Lovely giveaway.

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  134. I use 2 1/2 inch strips folded (and pressed) in half. I vary my choice of fabric but like to contrast the binding fabic with my pieced top. (I actually like the bold contrasting colors.)

    Hugs - Marie

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  135. I use several binding techniques. It depends on who the quilt is for and how much time I have. I use the big satiny packaged binding on several baby quilts. I've used the packaged double fold binding on some. I've made the binding with fabric and some with the leftover 2-1/2" jelly roll fabric. I saw a post on making the binding from the backing of the quilt - which I've tried twice. The first time it was perfect, the second time I trimmed the backing too short and couldn't fold it over the front enough for a decent binding. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  136. I'm a follower. I haven't bound anything yet, but I do have a couple of baby quilts that I need to tackle soon. I'm not sure what I'll use, but I am especially drawn to polka dots at the moment.

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  137. For binding I either use coordinating fabric that matches the quilt. I have also been known to take the scaps and piece them together for a scrappy bind.
    I use 2 1/2" width.

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  138. I always make my binding strips 2-1/2". I do lots of scrappy quilts, so scrappy bindings match but also love dots, stripes on the diagonal or across the grain. I just recently did a faux pipping binding and it turned out very nice.

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  139. Thank you to our sponsors! It is so nice to see colors for boys that are not babyish.
    For binding, I use 2 ½ inch strips usually a stripe on the bias or dots or even a solid to bring out the fabrics in the quilt top.

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  140. Thanks so much to the sponsors for a fab giveaway. I use 2 1/2 inch strips for binding. I make scrap quilts so try to use one of the fabrics in the quilt if I have enough or something that complements the colours in the quilt.

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  141. I also would like to say thank you to the wonderful sponsor of this blog. I use 2 1/4 inch strips and it is usually the same fabric and color as my last border.

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  142. I have been a faithful reader/follower for quite a few months.

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  143. I am a follower :) I use 2 1/2" strips of a coordinating fabric that is in my quilt. I like to keep it the same as the back, unless I am going for something that stands out a little more I will pull a colour out from the front of the quilt. I LOVE BINDING :)

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  144. I'm a green fabric nut case....so I just have to be entered :)

    Ok, I'm a follower, check
    I typically use a fabric that is on the front of my quilt to bind the quilt with. I've recently seen some plaids and stripes that I loved so my eyes have been opened to other possibilities :)
    I prefer 2 3/4 inch to 3 inches for my bindings...and I always hand stitch mine down....my way of saying good bye to the process.

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  145. Sweet giveaway prizes!! I usually use 2 1/4 inch strips and depending on the quilt I either use fabric that matches or use something dramatic. Thanks for the chance!

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  146. I am a follower - Yay! Sweet giveaway... crossing my fingers.

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  147. I use a 2 1/2 in. binding applied the standard way in a coordinating fabric and hand-stitch on back. Would love to win!

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  148. I hate using binding strips so whenever possible I pull my backing around and machine sew it for my binding.

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  149. Wow very generous give-away! I have no favorite way for my binding. I usually see where a quilt goes and take it from there.

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  150. I am still fairly new to binding, so I'm still trying to find that perfect fit for me. So far I've pieced binding from leftover pieces of the quilt fabric and usually cut at 2.5 inches. Then I iron it in half. I feel like sometimes the binding is just too big for the quilt though. I hand stitch it on the back, but think it will fall off with my awful stitching!

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  151. I love to use dots or something unusual for my binding...sort of a little frame. I used to always cut the binding 2.5 inches but have recently switched to 2.25 inches. I love to hand stitch the bindings in place using those hair clippy looking things! Thanks for the chance to win the great prizes.

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  152. I use 2.5 inches, iron it folded, sew by machine on the front of quilt, and hand sew the back.

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  153. I am a faithful follower on my own every single day for the past 3 - 4 months. My big problem is for the life of me I can't figure out how to be an offical follower. For that matter I can't figure it out on your blog either Madame Samm. I read that one daily also. I even checked it daily while you too a break early this month just in case.
    I don't have a special idea on what to bind with. It depends on the mood and what hasn't been put away.

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  154. I usually choose the binding after the quilt is finished. It's always something different. Sometimes something dark to frame, sometimes the same fabric as the last border.

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  155. I never do the same thing for binding except I now use my new favorite tool, the binding tool, that helps you cut it the binding to the right size at the end :)

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  156. I have bound a grand total of 2 quilts! I used scrappy material sewn together, 2 1/2 inches wide. :) & I am very proud of myself for both of them!!! :)

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  157. I use many different materials, sometimes I use the same material as the border, sometimes stripes that I cut on bias so it's different, somtimes a material that makes it stand out from the border...my biggest change lately is that I used to use 2 1/4" for all binding, but now I've cut that down to 2" because I've noticed with 2 1/4" it leaves too much to pull to the back, so I'm trying the 2", and it seems to be the trend now in binding.

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  158. I am a follower. Love reading your very informative blog each day!

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  159. I usually bind with 2 1/2" wide strips, cut on the bias if there are rounded corners or curves. Sometimes I match the border, but most often I use the binding as the final frame of the quilt. And oh I always machine stitch it down, never by hand!

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  160. I am a follower.
    I usually use black, about 3 1/2" wide for regular sized quilts. I like a little extra just in case, can always cut some off if I need it skinnier. I machine sew it as a border to the quilt and then fold the excess over to the backside. I tuck it under and hand sew that to the backing.

    Debbie

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  161. I use 2 1/4" binding, pressed in half lengthwise for utility quilts and charity quilts, (quilts that will be well used). Sew the binding on the front, turn it to the back and and stitch it from the front on the machine with a zig zag in order to catch every thing. For special quilts and quilts for show, I cut the strips 2 1/4", press in half lengthwise, sew 1/4" on front, turn over on back and sew down by hand making sure to sew down the mitered folds on the corners. (Judges at the quilt shows will count off for that.) Also make sure the binding is completely full of batting and the same width on the back as it is on the front--the judges count off for that too. I can pretty much only tell you what they count off for, not what they praise for==lol!

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  162. I normally make a 2.5" binding which I sew to the front & hand stitch to the back. It usually is a coordinating print to match the quilt. I have brought the back to the front by leaving an inch to 1.5" over lap, iron fold then iron edge to the front & then hans stitch down. Maching stitching never seems to work for me, can't get it to look nice & be even.

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  163. I love to use stripes for bindings. I cut mine
    2 1/4" unless I have a particularly full batting. I machine sew them to the front and hand-stitch to the back. I use mitering to make the binding and I miter the corners. The hardest part for me is the final matching and mitering at the end.

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  164. On my quilts I always use a 2 1/4 inch strip and make it a double fold binding. On mug rugs, doll and mini quilts I cut a 1 1/4 inch strip and make a single fold binding.
    I like using stripes, dots, large prints and also pieced bindings.

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