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March 20, 2011


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I connect my binding ends a bit differently but I always cut my binding 2" wide....how I was taught years ago & I like it.....and I always hand-stitch the binding....I really enjoy that step. Too much to give it up....


I always cut my binding 2" wide. My friends always seem surprised. I think it looks better, and the seem allowance of the quilt fills up the binding. When I cut it larger, the binding is partially flat. That looks like it won't wear well. I like hand stitching the binding. Thanks for sharing the quilt along!


Perfect timing! Today is the day I'm planning to bind this little quilt. I will surely try this method, since I can never find one I like.

Once I have that done, I'll take a couple more pics and send them to you. Wait til you see the back! HA!


After I finished the binding I wondered if I should have made my binding narrower. I went with 2 1/2 and it seems a bit broad. This was the trial one, so I will cut narrower on the real one.


I really enjoyed doing this quilt, and looking forward to seeing the new project.

Rita C

I'm glad to see you do a straight across seam. I always feel as though it needs to be done on the diagonal, and I end up fiddling with it for about 20 minutes each time.


Humble, TX -- My hometown. I lived there for 26 years (until 1996) and then again for a few months while my husband was overseas. I bet it is HUGE compared to when I was there. Sometimes I miss it, sometimes I don't.

Thanks for the tutorial!!

Debbie-Esch House Quilts

I love to do my bindings by hand and if I do that, I also cut mine at 2". But... since machine binding is so much faster, I've been doing it that way a bit more often. I cut my binding at 2 1/2" if I'm doing it by machine.

Sending healing thoughts your way!


First, I hope you are feeling better and find a solution soon!
Second, thank you so much for finishing this QAL tutorial. Your pictures are SO great, it makes it very easy for me to follow. I have made a file with all of the steps and now your great pics are replacing my not so great ones.

I can't wait for the larger size pattern to come out. My husband liked the little one so much (I made it a wall hanging) that he requested this be our new bed quilt. So, need a king size please!

Wishing you great health,



I too hope your headache problem gets solved very soon. I had to give up caffeine as it was raising my blood pressure. I am not saying this is the cause of your headaches, but if you cut off caffeine suddenly (even if your usual daily amount is small) you will also get withdrawal headaches perhaps confusing the other situation. You have to taper off.

As to binding-- i usually cut 2.25 wide

When i have little space or short on the binding, i have finished the way you do. Otherwise i make a diagonal seam, but not quite the way in Julie's directions. I was always afraid the quilt police would get me if i did a straight seam-- but if you can do it, i can do it! Thanks!!
I sew the binding to the back by hand-- i enjoy that part, and i have an old machine that doesn't know how to do anythign fancy.

Cherri House

Thanks everyone for the headache support..I'll let you know what I find out when I get the results on Wednesday.

As an FYI I do join all of my binding strips on the diagonal, unless of course it's a stripe. The only seam that is straight is the seam to join the binding ends.

The quilt police can jump in the lake for all I care, I'll show them where it is ;-)

Keep sending the photos...they're great!



Aahh... is this how you should bind a quilt... I've always used bias band, machine stitched (yes, very fiddly) on both sides at the same time.... Never too late to learn!!!


I really like this method only I previously finger pressed and never could quite see my fold for a stitch line. IRONING. Duh. Thanks for a nudge in the right direction. Great photos! Thanks for this post!!!


Cherri - take a look at this tutorial from Mo. Star Company on youTube. I had never heard of it before this year and now that I have it - I'm thinking EVERY quilter SHOULD have one!!!

You'll watch and be amazed at how easy it really can be!

Love from Texas! ~bonnie


nice idea! thanks for sharing. I will try this on the next one I do.

Lyn Grenier

Thank you for the great tutorials, patterns and help. Your work is fabulous. I use a 2.25 binding and always sew by hand, then again my completed quilt list is not huge, I just love the hand sewing process.


Thanks so much- This is the first binding joining that has rally worked for me! Yay!


Thank you so much for sharing your time and talent. I really like this quilt. It is so elegant when it's finished, yet it is simple to make. It still takes all the time to make, but what a beautiful ending! Keep up the great work!


I use the diagonal seam on my binding. I tried the same technique and it worked perfectly!! Thanks for sharing.

Mary Daw

I use this binding method, but I have never used two inches. I'll have to try it sounds like what I need thanks for the tip mary Daw in Richton Ms

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