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March 19, 2011


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Nicely done, Carrie! Your "guidance" on the subject of binding is much appreciated. This looks like the perfect binding to me. I love it when you cut through the junk and make it sound so simple for anyone to do. If you don't mind me saying, there truly is a method to your madness! Puppy loves to Rosie.


That was so informational! I always wondered about you using so many binder clips! You gave me some great tips. I usually do a 2" binding--the idea of the loss of that 1/8" is scary!


Loved this post! Believe it or not, though (well, with me I'm sure you're used to it)...but I do have a question. When making scrappy bindings do you have a set length you use? Like 9" or 12" strips...and does it differ with smaller quilts to bigger quilts. Just wondering. Happy National Quilting Day!


No matter how many discussions of binding I see, there is always something new to learn. Thx so much for taking the time here. I'll print it out.

I had seen a judge say that bindings should be finished on both sides, but I could not quite get the idea. I think this is the first time I've seen it explained.


Great job Carrie...it's always great to hear how others do binding. I love those binding clips...I think I have 12,000 of them...LOL!


Thanks for the great binding tips! It's just about my favorite part of making a quilt! I've been wanting to try that method of joining the strips at the end and the photos will be helpful--just got a quilt back this afternoon! And clips...you can never use too many clips!!


Thanks so much, especially the part about cutting bias binding. I have always steered away from bias because I didn't want to deal with the continuous thing. This looks so much easier with less to remember. I've made it a goal to try new techniques and this will go to the top of my list.
But I just don't get it with the clips. Never use them, and don't see a need for them. To each their own I guess.

Linda P

That is pretty much the way I do it, cutting & sewing; however I don't quite cut my binding that narrow or using that many clips - LOL!!!! Very nice explanation!!


Loved your tutorial. I always learn something from your blog. Thanks!

Cheryl Miller

Great tutorial! I will be sending all my beginners to this post!!


I learned a lot about bindings that I had not hear before. Thanks for the great information. I can't wait to try what I learned on Eventide.

Ramona Chester

Thank you so much for the lesson. You just about lost me when you said to fold the fabric back down until I actually took out a piece and tried it to make it look like your photo - DUH - now I get it - what can I say - it is late!
I tend to take pretty small stitches too, so I can relate to what you are talking about. You should put these tutorials in your new stuffus gratis section so they will be easy to locate for future reference.


Thanks for posting this. I've been trying to teach my daughter how to do bindings. Now she'll have actual directions to work from when I'm not there to help. Your directions are excellent!


Thanks for the info on the bias binding. I've always stitched the back of the corners but never the fronts. I'll have to try that on my next quilt. I don't use binding clips at all. I tried it but found they get in my way. Needless to say my binding probably isn't the exact same width on both sides. I've always cut my strips 2 1/4" but generally make bed sized quilts. I'm going to try the narrower bias binding next time I make a small quilt. Thanks for the great directions!

LeAnne O.

"Dr. Carrie, Q.D. (Doctorate of QUilting).... :)Thank you. You are the perfect prescription for us quilters and love how you mentor and share with us with your quilting tutorials and fabulous patterns. Love you xoxo


Excellent Binding Tutorial. This definitely goes into my list of favorites. Thank you!



Sorry to leave you a comment here, but I was actually trying to find a way to email you to let you know you are a nominee to the 2011 Golden Quilter Awards (http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/2011/03/vote-for-your-favorite-nominees-for.html).




great post on binding. Thanks for sharing

madame samm

Holy Moly, I just feel like I had a one on one class with you..except for the over 12,000 clips...I think I can do this..and I did not know about the sewing down the mitered corners...ok, I am going to do that from now on...I am going to in this the time I have left..see you someday face to face...Sew frigging inspiring you are this morning..well other times too wink....thanks for the great lesson

Susan W

Thanks for the step by step instructions on binding. I struggle with this. When my sister Becky and I found out you where not coming to St. George at the Scrap Apple we were VERY sad. But we found out you will be in Springville we are so excited cause we are signing up and can't wait to see you in May!!!!!


Thanks for the info about binding! I didn't think anyone else took binding as seriously I do. I'm not kidding, I'm particular about the binding and I don't think there is a whole lot out there on the subject, at least not in one place. But now I know someone else that does! That is a wonderful thing in my book :-)


Great tips thanks very much for this


Ok, Carrie. I need to ask one of those silly beginner questions. Maybe I'm missing something here. Why not just baste your binding with a big stitch to hold it in place while you hand sew the back down? That way, you can even wash it before you finish the back, which usually takes me several days of watching chick flicks, or "White Collar" re-runs. Who has the maturity to wait that long to get the high from the "shrinked up" look of their new quilt?

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