Piecing and Binding a Quilt

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Remember the quilts I made for my girl/boy shared toddler room, here?
Some of you emailed with questions about putting those quilts together. 
So I thought I’d share a bit more detail about how I put the quilts together.
With no hand-sewing. 
(I know many people hand stitch parts of the binding, and find it relaxing.  And hand quilting and stitching actually adds love and charm to the quilt.  But I don’t enjoy it in this stage of my life, so I try to avoid it. Ha!)
But here are those little boy/girl quilts again.  
Happily bound around the edges.
But I’m going to be a bit more specific about how I put these together, in case you’ve never pieced a quilt together.
The easiest shape to start a quilt with, is to use squares (or one whole piece of fabric)….but these quilts will work as an example.
Cut out as many shapes/blocks as you need to create the right sized quilt for your project.  Keep in mind that you’ll need to make it bigger than you think, because the quilt will shrink in size after all of those seam allowances.  
Lay out the pattern that works for you visually.
Then start sewing each row together, side to side, until all the rows are completed. (I would pick up one row at a time, sew it together, lay it back down on the floor, grab a new row, and so on.  This helped keep everything in order…..without mixing it all up.)
Then sew each row together, completing the top of the quilt.
With these little tumbler pieces, the edges were uneven, so I had to trim them, making the quilt top an even rectangle.
Then I placed a plain piece of material down on the floor, that was slightly bigger than my top piece.  Then I placed a thin piece of batting (GA is hot!) on top of that.  Then the block piece on the very top.  I smoothed out each piece very flat as I layered, making sure there with no puckers.  Then I place pins all over, pinning the 3 layers together. 
Here was the fun part.  Quilting the 3 layers together with this Bernina machine.  It has a BSR attachment (Bernina Stitch Regulator) that quilts free-handed.  And even with no prior experience…..it was pretty simple to use.  And my word, so fun.  Just imagine driving a car, turning whichever way you want, at whatever moment you want to.  You don’t have to turn the fabric, you just guide it up/down/left/right/diagonal, and the little needle just glides right over it, stitching in whatever pattern or design you want it to. 
And with this stippling look, there are no mistakes.  Just bubbly twirls and ins and outs.  Loved the ease of it.
All quilted.
Oh, and I trimmed the edges right off, keeping the edges nice and even/straight.
Onto the binding.  This part may seem intimidating……but it’s really not so bad.
I used the Go! Cutter to cut lots of 2 1/2 inch wide strips really quickly, but you could cut them by hand, no problem.
Next, you’ll want one long strip that will fit around the entire quilt, with a little extra length, just in case.  So start piecing your shorter pieces together by placing two ends together.  Place your first piece face up and your second piece face down, making a 90 degree angle with the two ends.
 Then make a diagonal seam, like shown below.  Then trim off the excess.
Once you open it up, you should have one continuous strip.  If you sew the diagonal the wrong way, it will mess it up, so be sure you’re sewing it correctly.  (Sewing it together on a diagonal rather than just a straight line, eliminates a lot of bulk.  Once you start folding the binding, then folding more and then sewing, you don’t want to sew over many layers of one straight seam.  The diagonal spreads out the seam.)
Keep piecing your little strips together, end to end, until you have one long strip…..long enough to go around the entire quilt, plus 8 or so extra inches.
Now, fold your strip in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together……and iron flat.

 Next, place your quilt face down.  Starting in the middle of one side of the quilt, start pinning the raw edges of the binding even with the raw edges of the quilt.  Leave a few inches free at one end (shown on the left below), that we’ll join together with the other end later. 
Once you reach the corner, place a pin to about an inch from the end to keep the binding in place……
Then, flip the binding up, making a 45 degree angle with the binding.  Keep the right side edge of the quilt even with the right side edge of the binding.  See how it’s one continuous line on the right?
Keeping that 45 degree angle in place, flip the binding down, keeping the top edge of the binding even with the top edge of the quilt.  Now it’s a square.  Pin it in place.
Then continue pinning your raw edges along the raw edge of the quilt.
Continue pinning all the way around the quilt the same way.  Leave a few inch tail at the other end too and we’ll deal with it later.
Begin sewing around your quilt very slowly, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  (Start at one of the loose ends, with the free tail of binding.)  I think the trick here is sewing slowly, and keeping those raw edges even.

Once you reach a corner, move your little flap over, exposing the bottom lay of the binding, but don’t mess up your diagonal fold here.
Sew until you are 1/4 inch from the edge.  Don’t sew any further……but backstitch a few times.  (If you need to mark it with a pin or chalk so that you don’t pass a 1/4 inch, go ahead and do so.)
Here’s how it will look, with the seam 1/4 inch from the edge.
Then adjust your quilt so that you can sew down the next edge.  Put your needle back down, but place it 1/4 inch from the top.  Then continue down this edge until you reach the next corner.  Repeat.
Once you have sewn all the way around, you will have these two tail ends of binding.
Open up the binding a bit and pin each end of binding in place, right up to the edge of the quilt.
Then pin the two ends together, making it one continuous piece of binding.
Then, right where those pins were, make a seam along the opened binding, then trim off the extra material.
Fold back in half, pin the binding along the edge of the quilt, then sew in place.
Okay……halfway done with the binding.
Now, fold the binding over to the front of your quilt.  Pin all of the edges in place, nice and snug.  
As for the corners, they should fold over from the back very nicely……and if you look at the back, it makes a fold for you automatically.  As for the front, you have to help it along.  You can either tuck the corner into itself like this…….(takes a bit of coaxing)……..
Or you can fold over one edge…….
Then fold down the other…….creating a nice diagonal fold.  Whatever you like best.
Then pin it in place.
Now you’re going to sew along the top of the quilt…….right along the inner edge of the binding.  Just think s-l-o-w and you’ll be fine.
And just for a side-by-side comparison…….here is the one corner vs. the other.  
Depends on what you like.
Oh, and one more thing……..you know that little BSR attachment for free-hand stitching that I showed you above?  Well, in one little corner, I played around with cursive.  It’s not perfect……but I just wanted to see how easy it would be to write something with that technique.  Kinda fun.


 And that’s it.   
Quilting and binding do take a bit of time and patience……but I would say that the end result is very satisfying.  And useful.  (Keeps those little monkeys warm at night.)

So, give it a try.  
Start a little quilting group with friends and try it out together.  You may surprise yourself and enjoy it.

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Comments

105 Responses to “Piecing and Binding a Quilt”
  1. 1
    Cecily says:

    Thanks for the amazing binding tut! I was taught how to bind in the most difficult way, and I've avoided it ever since. Maybe now I can jump back in and enjoy it again! Thanks!

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    Mama Bear says:

    Great tutorial! I will have to try this method of binding, hand binding takes so long. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 3
    Cyn says:

    Next time you make a quilt you should look into using Basting Spray instead of all those pins. You can lift and replace your fabric as you go.I love this stuff. And wrote about it here:
    http://cynspiration.blogspot.com/2010/07/i-need-to-share.html

    BTW, my blog is up and running. :)

  4. 4
    Helby says:

    Thanks for the reminder! I feel that I always forget how to bind everytime I do a little quilting.

  5. 5
    Christi says:

    I can only imagine how that Go! Cutter would help me get over my fear of cutting binding. Can it cut on the bias you think?

    I love your little quilts, the colors are great and happy.

  6. 6
    Tiffany says:

    You do the best tutorials! I have made one other quilt & attempted my binding this way, but it was a little confusing. Your tutorials are so easy & clear to follow. Thank you so much!!!

  7. 7
    Nike@TheDirtyHalfDozen says:

    Ashley,
    I'm a loyal follower, but rarely comment. But, I had to say thank you for another awesome tutorial. I was telling a non-crafty friend about your blog and encouraging her to take a look. The thing I love best about your tuts is how simple, straight-forward and well photographed each step is. It takes the intimidation factor right out of the equation. It leaves novices like me thinking, "I can soooo do this!"

    So thanks!

  8. 8
    Laree says:

    I'm almost done piecing two twin quilts (had to stop for a month until the my Joann's opened again so I could buy more thread!). I've been planning on trying something similar to bind them – glad to know it will work!

  9. 9
    Meghann Gehring Turnquist says:

    Awesome awesome awesome!!
    I'm trying to get into quilting and it seems so easy, yet so difficult with the way books and websites explain things … you make it seem so do-able.

  10. 10
    Cheryl says:

    THANK YOU! You're timing is excellent – I just had the crazy idea to whip up a quilt (my first one) for my daughter's 1st birthday, but was going to "wing" it and was a little uncertain on doing the binding. Now I'm all set!!

  11. 11
    Cindy's Crafty Creations says:

    Thank you so much for the awesome tutorial, and I love love love the pattern you used :)

  12. 12
    Ellen - SkoMomma says:

    Thank you! You've just given me the courage to give this a try. So exciting.

  13. 13
    Snapshotsofhappiness says:

    This was an amazingly helpful post! I have been trying to convince myself to make a quilt for my daughter's room that she will be moving into in the Fall. This really pushed me over the edge and I am ready to go out and buy the material! Now if only I had a machine like yours! :)

    Oh and I convinced my husband to let me buy the silhouette! YEA! Thanks for the posts on that!! :) I'm ordering it tonight!! WOO HOO so excited!

  14. 14
    Mandy says:

    I have GOT to try stippling – and that "heart mommy" – so cute!!

  15. 15
    Kimberly says:

    Hey, that doesn't look so hard after all. I've always been completely intimidated by the thoughts of binding, but you make it look fairly easy. Thanks!

  16. 16
    Starry says:

    I've looked all over for that attatchment to do free motion but can't find one. Does it have another name in the UK do you know? I'd love to have a go at it.

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    Melinda says:

    I took a sewing class last fall and began a quilted wall hanging for my daughter's room. But by the last class I still hadn't put the binding on so this tut is just what I need to finish it before she outgrows the theme and before I take my next class this fall! Thanks so much…I appreciate all of your shared creativity.

  18. 18
    Nicole says:

    Man oh man, quilting is intimidating! I wish I had a nice sewing machine that would make the quilting part as easy as you describe it! :)

    nicolecphoto.blogspot.com

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    AKutarna says:

    these quilts are to die for cute! wow you are so talented, thanks for the tutorial!

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    Brenda says:

    I really appreciate the well documented and photographed steps for the 45degree corners. I had been playing with it myself and couldn't quite get it right. Super!

    Have you done any of these super sweet quilts with the pointed-scallop edges left in place? I was wondering if you had done that and or even rounded the tops and then completed as a scalloped edge.
    Is there any special tricks to completing a quilt that way??
    Your colour choices are so bright and cheerful…I guarantee you, anyone not feeling well, would be glad to have that much wonderful colour to brighten their day as well as kids.

    Thanks so much.
    Brenda in Oshawa Ontario

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    Kinsey says:

    i really appreciate you showing me that. i'm in the process of making my 3rd quilt, and i have yet to figure out the best way to bind. that's the hardest part if you ask me. so thanks!

  22. 22
    Emily says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I really want to start quilting (I love to sew) but it sometimes seems a bit overwhelming to me. I really appreciate easy step by step instructions that make quilting look much easier! :) Thanks again!!

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    I have just finished piecing all the inner workings of my t-shirt quilt and the next step is the binding. The last time I did this I was in high school, this will be so great!

  24. 24
    Tamra says:

    Thanks so much! I have a quilt I finished weeks ago except for the binding. and I hate doing corners–can never get them to look good. But now I know they're going to be awesome!!

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    rachel says:

    those are two of the most beautiful quilts i've ever seen!! just love the colors and the swirly pattern. thanks so much for the fantastic tutorial!

  26. 26
    Kebeni says:

    fabulous tutorial thanks so much for sharing. I am just starting out and finding that my bottom side is gathering when doing the freeform stitching on the machine. What do you think is the best way to avoid this? I have used basting spray and pins

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    Melanie says:

    oh, to have a stitch regulator!! You are a lucky gal!

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    Maggie says:

    Such a great tutorial!!! You've got me so tempted to make something for my kids. Tempted… but not convinced yet.

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    Kristen says:

    Quilting is not one of my favorite things to do haha, I don't have much patience. I quilted a zig-zag pillowcase for my fiancee and it just about drove me insane. But I LOVE the look of the tumbler quilts! It makes me really want to try them (and wishing I had a Go! Cutter), and wishing I had a sewing machine, and one that has a free hand needle like that. I'd like to be able to make quilts, though I know I'd never be able to compare to his grandmother – she made me a quilt and machine stitched patterns, like palm trees, and tulips, and one of the pieced squares reminded her of Pacman, so she wrote "chomp" with the sewing machine!

  30. 30
    Ashley Renee says:

    Thanks for the excellent tutorial! With the I spy swap happening, I was wondering how I would learn to do all the steps to making a quilt!

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    Anonymous says:

    You are amazing. Just last week I used binding for the first time. By the time I was done, I knew I was going to HAVE to go online and see if I could find a tutorial or at least some tips on doing it better. Today I finally get some time and come online to do this and LOOK what your newest post is!!!! How did you know?!?! lol Thanks very much for the spectacular tutorials, I really appreciate them!!!

  32. 32
    The Noalls says:

    I really do admire your talent for explaining things clearly, Ashley. I wish I could have seen this a few years ago, on the only quilt I've ever ventured to make… :)

  33. 33
    Matthew and Shanna says:

    Thank you so much! What perfect timing. I am making my first quilt right now and was hoping you would elaborate on how to do the binding because that is where I have been stuck not knowing what to do. Now I can finish my quilt!

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    Issa says:

    oh my goodness! this is just blindingly cute and colorful! I love your pattern too. :) Wish I can start making my own quilt. thanks for the tutorial!

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    cyfilet1aiguille says:

    Beautiful ! I love it …
    Bravo from France

  36. 36
    ificould says:

    WOW!!!

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    jodi says:

    Oh Ashley, you're such a good mommy. The quilts are very cute.

  38. 38
    Jim and Katie says:

    I always wondered about doing a binding on a machine. Thanks so much for the great tips. I'm excited to try it!

  39. 39
    GaMtnScrap says:

    I've been visiting your blog for a while but never posted a comment before. I just wanted to say thanks for this wonderful tutorial! You are always very detailed, show just the right pictures that are very clear, and your instructions are always easy to understand. I've been wanting to make a quilt for our bed, but was intimidated about the binding. I've never been able to understand it in books or on other sites, but your tutorial makes me think I CAN do it!

    BTW, I'm in Georgia too! Glad to see another Georgia gal!

    Keep up the great work, I'm always excited to see a new post here!

  40. 40
    Shy says:

    Thanks for the tut on binding 101. I really would like to make a quilt, but have never attempted, I think I just might brave it now!

  41. 41
    Lydia Moon says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I want to start machine quilting, but didn't know how to begin. I'm going to see if my sewing machine has a foot like yours. And I'm very exciting to try out the binding technique! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  42. 42
    Tina says:

    Thanks so much for the easy-to-understand directions. I have made many quilts over the years but always shied away from binding. After reading this I am looking forward to my next quilt.

  43. 43
    ReFabulous says:

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Years ago, I pieced a few quilts, but stopped at the binding. I just couldn't wrap my poor brain around it! I have since given the unfinished quilts away, but now I look forward to trying again — and with confidence! :)

  44. 44
    LDS Mom says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank You! This helped a ton!

  45. 45
    Allison @ Allie Browns Layouts says:

    So I LOOOOOVE the "<3 Mommy" at the end of the blanket!! LOVE IT!

  46. 46
    Marla says:

    I put binding on my first quilt today!! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

  47. 47
    Robin (rsislandcrafts) says:

    I love tumbler block quilts and the colors you chose are so fun and bright!

  48. 48
    Louise says:

    Oh thank goodness!!! I've just read through several binding tutorials that left me nearly in tears!! So confusing! Yours, however, is so easy to understand and I actually think I CAN do this! Thank you xxxxx

  49. 49
    Natasha says:

    Ashley, thank you SOOOO much for posting this! I've been wanting to make Samster a quilt forever but all the tutorials I've seen kind of skipped over the details that you wrote about. I had no idea how to do it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    When I finally get around to making the quilt I'll definitely link back to your wonderful post. Thanks!

  50. 50
    Tanisha says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! I really appreciate it!

  51. 51
    Jack and Mumma says:

    Absolutely beautiful! You make it look easy! Thank you for the step by step, I may just have to try it one day!

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    I commented earlier that I just had the binding to go, I followed along with your blog the whole time and I am finished and it looks great! Thank you so much, your tutorial helped so much!

  53. 53
    Rachel says:

    Great post packed full of hints. Very helpful, thanks!
    And your quilts are so beautiful. Such cheery colors.

  54. 54
    Anonymous says:

    This tutorial was great! I really wanted to make a quilt but just didnt knon how i would finish it off and bind it.. you have the clearest instructions of all the online tutorials!

  55. 55
    twobugzdesigns says:

    Thank you so much for that tutorial! I have been making quilt tops since middle school and have yet to ever finish one myself because I was so afraid of binding them. But now I feel like I might be able to do it myself.

  56. 56
    Kim Johnson says:

    I just love the quilts. They are just so cute and work great for siblings. Because what one child get the others want one just like it, but different. Is there any way you could photo copy the "tumbler block" and post it, so other you don't have a Go Cut machine could also make the quilt. O would love to get one, someday. But it is not going to happen anytime soon. They would make great Christmas presents for my children. Thanks again for having an great blog with all of the tuition.

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:

    God bless you for this tutorial! I just did the binding on my first grown up sized quilt. It was so simple and easy. Thanks for sharing!

  58. 58
    Breanne says:

    Thanks for this tutorial. I want to make a quilt for my little guy's bed, but have found different sites giving different sizes for a twin size bed. What is the finished size of the twin bed quilt you made?

  59. 59
    Ashley says:

    Sorry Breanne, mine were made for a toddler bed and a crib. So they're quite a bit smaller than a twin size bed. And I haven't made a twin sized quilt before so I haven't played around with the perfect size. SOrry about that!

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    KAM Avenue says:

    I love the colours and design! :)

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    Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the "help"…much needed! I have been putting off putting the binding on my Christmas Quilt of "5" years. I just finished the drop down section of the quilt and had not come up with a binding. Couldn't find any premade binding(which was a cop out, so am enthusiastic to start with making my own binding this morning! Thus completing the project….Happy New Year! Betty

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    DivineFabrics says:

    Thanks for This Tutorial, It's Great! I Will Send my Customers to it, as I Offer Accuquilt GO! Tumblers for Sale in My Bonanza Booth! They Will LOVE Your Detailed Pics and Instructions! Dee

  63. 63
    Anonymous says:

    Won't you please be my neighbor??? I must be doing something wrong. It's not as easy as I thought it would be. My thread on the underside has loops in it. The stitches are too long. Ugh!!! You make it look so easy.

    • 63.1
      Dawn says:

      You need to tighten your tension up just a little to avoid the “loops” on the underside and when free handing you control your stitch length, so slowing down and not trying to go to fast when quilting it will help, just remember slow and smooth. Hope this helps you :)

  64. 64
    Elizabeth says:

    Thank you ever so much for your time in producing this tutorial; I have just finished binding my first quilt ever thanks to your clear, detailed instructions.

    I'm now looking forward to finishing my quillow so that I can bind it, too.

  65. 65
    Renee-materialgals says:

    HUM not sure where my post went….cyber space.
    This was a great tutorial and it had to take quite a bit of time to put together. Thank you…
    I have avoided quilting very much due to doing it the old way. Now it is time to try your way..

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    imtillie says:

    I love it… It is simple and not so cluttered. That is what I loved about my grandparents that raised me and taught me to make quilts, they had design but wasn’t cluttered like some quilts I have seen. I know to each his/her own and I respect that; but i used my quilts daily until they all were stolen when we moved years ago. Just now getting back into gathering patterns for them.

  67. 67
    Lacey says:

    Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial! Im one of these from the heart mommies and wanted to do quilts for my babies so that they would always have something to remember me by and remind them of me! I have been so scared at the thought! You have just eased all my fears! Thank you so much!

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    Kera says:

    I just got the best binding I’ve ever done on a quilt – thank you for that wonderful tutorial!!

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    kate says:

    thank you thank you thank you!!! been avoiding quilts as i can be bothered binding but will give one a go!!

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    ann says:

    thanks for the tutorial I have a quilt that I would like to finish
    this will help

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    Melissa says:

    Hi! Thanks for the tutorial! I just followed it for my first little quilt top that requred binding (previously just did fleece backing to avoid binding!). Mine didn’t turn out so hot but I am not discouraged. I plan to try again with another little quilt top that I have ready to be quilted then bound. My corners were all off.. so I hope I can master that next time!
    Thanks again
    Melissa

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    Becky says:

    Wonderful tutorial!! So helpful! Thank you!

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    Mary Wright says:

    I was so impressed with your tuturial and the photos were so clear and easy to understand comming from an artist that is in the process of her very first quilt. As I lay out my KING size quilt that I am attempting I had to laugh at how much easier it would have been to just do a baby quilt! Ha. Ha. SO I just wanted to say thanks for the help I am just wondering how I am going to quilt it without the regulator but not by hand. Ha. THis ought to be interesting.

    First time attempt Mary

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    Anna says:

    Can I just tell you that your binding tutorial has been the most helpful thing I’ve seen online? And I’ve been looking at DOZENS of them. With my first quilt I had to undo the binding twice and in the end I did it by hand…pretty sure my fingers still haven’t forgiven me (it was a thick quilt). I’ve had a quilt sitting by my machine 90% done with just the binding waiting for 2 months because I’d been dreading it, but now I’m inspired to finish the darn thing. THANK YOU!!!

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    Deborah Cole says:

    I am just starting to do small projects, after my retirement, (late starter), but I thank you so much for the very detailed instructions you share.

    • 75.1
      Grandmamoy says:

      Hi, am in the same situation, can cut an sew but how to proceed is more difficult..think this Tutorial is brilliant.. have saved it so that i can go back again and again until I get it right. Many thanks

      Grandmamoy UK

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    Rebecca Hansen says:

    Thanks so much I’m going to try this tomorrow! See how I go! :)

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    Jennifer says:

    Thanks for your helpful tutorial on binding! I have been working on a quilt for a little over a year now and didn’t have my instructor handy for the binding part. I am thrilled to finally have it finished! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Heather says:

    Thanks so much… a great tutorial! Gets me excited about trying!

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    Grandmamoy says:

    Hi, how fantaastic to have some one explain in word of one syable how to do this procedure.. am new to patchwork and quilting and have two quilts made…but am worried about how to proceed.

    Thanks for the info…clear, concise and understandbale to those of us without a lot of EXPERIENCE Thyanks again

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    Kimberly says:

    I am making my first quilt and ready for binding but was not looking forward to the hand sewing. Your tutorial looks amazing, and I am so excited to try it! Thank for you creating it!

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    allison says:

    i LOVE this tutorial! using it right now to finish up the edges of my son’s quilt.

    also, i don’t know if anyone has mentioned this, but as i’ve done research for making this quilt, i’ve learned a few things. instead of pin-basting my quilt this time, i used a quilt basting spray. LIFE CHANGING! i highly recommend giving it a try. it’s water soluble so when you wash it, it comes out…no stickies! it won’t ruin fabric, and it won’t gum up your machine. it’s a little expensive ($10/can) so i got mine at joann’s and used a 40% off coupon. give it a try!

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    Debra says:

    This helped me ALOT!!! I am so excited! now I can put binding on the right way!!! Thank YOU!!!!!

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    Patti says:

    I am just making my very first Christmas Tree Skirt and I tried binding it and it did not work, big time, I just looked at your tutorial and now I am willing to give it another try, you directions are so clear, thank you so much

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    Bobbi says:

    I absolutely love that you quilted ‘heart Mommy’ in the corner. That is such a precious touch. Now I’m off to research this Bernina Stitch Regulator you mentioned. It may just put a Bernina on my wishlist.

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    Anonymous says:

    http://lucasandemilyhowell.blogspot.com/2012/11/where-has-time-and-my-bellybutton-gone.html?m=1. Used your tutorial for my quilt! Some of my raw edges didn’t stay matched up, so it’s not the best& I got super frustrated ( hormones from preg didn’t help!). But I’m attempting again today on another one!

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    Amanda Olson says:

    Wow! Im just so impressed! I absolutley love these! Icannot Wait to try! Thank you very much for posting this. Ive never really sewn anything before..but always wanted to. So, my hubby bought me a Brothe “Project Runway” machine. Im scared to start, but now cant wait!!
    Thanks again!!!

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    Pat says:

    Love your detailed instructions for making a quilt. I am in the process of putting the finished top to the back and was not sure how to do it. Will proceed with more confidence now. Have your site posted on my screen so I can refer to it when I need it. Thanks

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    Brenda Millet says:

    I have been cutting fabric by hand since I began quilting 3 years ago. This piece of equipment is fantastic and would love to have one. Maybe someday

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    Kathleen says:

    Thanks so much for this tute. I’m just finishing up quilting my first quilt and wasn’t sure about how to bind it. The Go cutter idea is awesome and I recently got one so I will definitely try this. I am bookmarking your site for sure. :D

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    Eleanor Sokusky says:

    Ashley, I am so thrilled with the pattern for binding a quilt. Your photos are clear and easy to see the stiching. Also your directions are so easy to understand. Thank you so much.

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    Bev says:

    I don’t have a Go Cutter, and I can’t afford one right now.
    Is their no way I can get the Pattern?
    Thanks
    Bev

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    Judi says:

    What are the measurements for the boy/chirp quilt

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