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Thread: Can it be that difficult??

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    Super Member carolaug's Avatar
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    this is how I also do mine.
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    I don't use any gadgets and my bindings come out great. What I do is I press one end of each strip at an angle. Then I glue baste the strips together and sew them. I fold the long strip in half and press. Sew to the top. When I get around to the end, I open out the end that I pressed, overlap the ends and mark where to cut using the measurement of the original strip as the overlap amount (i usually use 2.5"). Then I refold the end I pressed, tuck the other end into the fold, glue baste, sew the angle and sew the strip to the quilt. Comes out perfect everytime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    The ONLY way that has worked for me is the written tutorial that Holice posted here on the board. And no matter how many times I do it, I have to read the sheet again! You'd think I would catch on at some point, but not yet.
    Lisa, does it really matter if you have to read the tutorial. I still have to read the instructions too. Still worth it though. It's not like we bind a quilt every day so of course it's going to take longer for us to remember. Besides we girls have to remember so much a little help every now and then is not such a bad thing. Happy Binding.

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    I have also tried the Binding Tool, and just don't get it.

    I found this video several years ago, and it depicts how to sew your binding on, without seeing where it starts and stops.


    So, I continue to do it this way. Here are a few pics of how to do it.

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    I find this so much easier than trying to use the binding tool. Hope this helps.

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    A forum member posted instructions several,years ago and I guess it is basically the same as the others. Both ends
    must be trimmed and the last end is tucked into the first end and you end up with a very smooth finish. By cutting the angle on both, a lot of bulk is eliminated.
    I made it to the mtns and love every minute of it!

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    the MQC tool is wonderful------once you "get" it. Just keep working on it. I did a set of 8 placemats and when they were done I finally "got" it''

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    I feel the same way. I find using that tool makes something pretty easy into a confusing task. There is a tutorial I found by Konda Luckau that I find most helpful: www.moosequilts.com/BindingTutorialWeb.pdf. See if it helps you!

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    Thanks. I'll watch this for sure as I need a visual. Thanks again.
    Quilting Makes Me Happy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by msrosecooks View Post
    llong0233, I was getting stuck with that tool also....... I found the best and easiest video tutorial re: binding, so easy.... Try Mccallsquilting.com binding video."Joining the ends" Hope this helps!!!!!
    This is how I do it also. Here is the link (just in case you don't have enough videos. LOL)

    Nami to 6

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    Quote Originally Posted by QandE2010 View Post
    This is how I do it also. Here is the link (just in case you don't have enough videos. LOL)

    Oh, this one is really good! She makes it so easy. I didn't know McCalls had video tutes; thank you for the link.

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    I had to laugh at this thread! I go the binding tool, watched both the original and the updated MQC tutorial several times, even took notes! Saw a vendor at a show and studied what she said to do, even took notes on that! And once I actually did it right--think that I just got lucky! Now I use the Fons & Porters method--almost. The key thing is to leave a 1/4" gap between the two ends and then pin/mark the angles. NOW, the binding tool does make a real handy ruler for making a braid quilt--there's a tut on MQC for that too!

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