Binding Odd Angles

Happy New Year!  

I hope you all had a safe and fun time over the last few days.  We had a pretty low-key holiday, starting with a birthday party for a niece on New Year’s Eve.  We stayed up to watch the ball drop, but I have to admit that was East-Coast time (and we live in the central time zone).  We spent New Year’s Day as we always do, eating New Year’s pancakes.  I have no idea now many families have this tradition, but both my family and Joel’s both celebrate with lots of pancakes.  My family has been known to have contests to see who can eat the most pancakes.  The record is well over a dozen.  Joel’s family goes for a different kind of competition, always involving some sort of cards, preferably Rook.  Either way, it’s just an excuse to hang out a little longer and enjoy more food!

With the dawning of a new year, a lot of bloggers are reflecting on the past year.  I have to confess that my mind is __________ blank, so I think I will skip the reflection and share something quilting related.  After all, I assume most of you come here to learn something about quilting anyways.  I would like to share some hints about binding, as I assume you will learn more from that and hopefully it will be something that helps you improve your quilting in the new year.

I get lots of e-mails and questions about how to bind corners.  I’ve already talked about how to binding inside corners here, so today I’m going to show you how to bind odd-angled outside corners.  By that, I mean anything greater than a 90-degree angle.  I’m going to demonstrate on this topper that I just finished machine quilting.

Here’s the pattern front, which gives you a better idea of the shape of quilt we will be binding (see the lower right corner).

As you can see, there are a total of eight 135-degree corners on this topper/tree skirt.

Here’s a close up of one of those corners. 

Step 1.   I start by drawing my stitching line, about 1/4″ away from the raw edge of the quilt.  Pay close attention to where those two lines intersect at the corner.

Step 2.  Start sewing towards the corner.  Stop right at the point where the two lines intersect and back stitch.  (that point is hidden under my binding in this picture)

 Step 3.  Now turn the quilt, so that the next side to be sewn is running parallel to your sewing foot as shown.

Step 4.  Now fold the binding straight up, so it makes a straight line with the raw edge of the quilt as shown.  Make sure pull the binding all the way up, as far as your stitching will let you.

The red dot in this photo shows where my stitching line ends and you can see that the binding is pulled all the way up.  Now I insert a pin at a 90-degree angle from the outer point of the quilt.

Step 5.  Fold the binding down toward you as shown.  Again, pull the binding down toward you as far as the pin will let you.

Here’s a close-up of that again.  It’s really important that your 90-degree corner  is perfectly even with that outermost point of the quilt and with the point where the quilt angles up to the left.  Notice the red lines that I have added to this photo to demonstrate this.

Then start sewing until you hit the next corner.  Repeat all steps. 

Have you noticed that this is the same steps that you go through when binding a regular 90-degree corner?  It’s really that easy.  It just takes a little practice. 

After hand-stitching the binding, the corner should look like this:

There are a few things to watch out for, and they usually involved getting too much fabric or not quite enough fabric into the tuck/miter at the corner. 

This photo shows not getting quite enough fabric into that corner miter.  This is most likely to happen if you don’t get the pin in the right spot in Step 5.

After doing the hand-sewing, that corner will look something like this.  See how there isn’t quite enough fabric to make a nice mitered corner?  The tuck is much to small.

If you get too much fabric into the corner, it will look like this.  See how the extra fabric makes a little corner that hangs over the edge of the binding at the top?   This is not how you want this to look and this also happens by getting your pin in Step 5 in the wrong spot.  (in this case you put your pin too high up)

After hand-sewing that corner, it will look like this.  See that bulge on the outer corner?  That’s what happens when getting too much fabric in the corners.

See the difference? 

I will put a link to this post under my tutorials tab, so you can easily look up this post for future reference.  

The following photos show a few examples of quilts or runner that have the type of corner that I just showed how bind.

Diamond Diva

 

Secret Garden Runner

 

  

In my opinion, the best way to learn a new technique is to actually try it.  

If you would like to try it, I will give away a set of these patterns and books to one lucky reader!  Just leave me a comment to enter to win.  I’ll announce the winner in my next post, so be sure to check back then. 

I hope this helps you with your binding -  and gives you an excuse to start a new project to practice the technique!

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224 Responses to Binding Odd Angles

  1. Mary says:

    What a bunch of beautiful examples! You always have such neat things on your blog. I would love to win a pattern. I have several of yours, but not this one.
    Happy New Year!

  2. Marie says:

    Thanks for the demo, the last time I did a project with corners like these mine looked like you “not” photos. Now, hopefully with your instuctions mine will look good.
    Thanks for the give away. Marie

  3. Thank you soooo much for showing us how to do these odd corners! Your tutorial on inside corners was so easy to follow and I’m looking forward to trying this new one out too!

  4. Amanda says:

    I LOVE the Secret Garden runner! I’ve been working on SweePea for a few months now. It seems like it took FOREVER to get it cut out, but now that it’s ready to quilt for my niece, I count it as time very well spent! It’s beautiful! I will be making MANY more of these! When it’s finished, I’ll figure out how to upload a picture.

  5. Thank you for sharing that much needed information… I have used the inside corner tutorial and found it very helpful.

  6. Nancy says:

    Heather, Thank you so much for the great tutorial. I have struggled with this issue myself as I love the look of the octagon corner finishes so I do it often, especially on runners and toppers. I also loved the beautiful examples you used. Thanks to for the chance to have the patterns…you just can’t have too many table toppers!!! Hugs…

  7. Thanks for sharing this Heather. I was wondering how this would be done. I haven’t done any quilts other than rectangles or squares and would like to branch out, so this will be very helpful. Thank you.

  8. robin meyers says:

    i love the secret garden runner. very pretty.

  9. Megan says:

    nothing like a new (quick!) project to ring in the New Year! Happy New Year to you – I’m too excited to see what you make this year!

  10. Denise (Denny) Aleckson says:

    Thank you for the binding tips! I just finished doing a hexagon edged quilt and also a scallop edged quilt. Was a little tricky… but it just takes a little practice! Was the first one of each of these style quilts I have tried, but I thought they turned out okay! We are our own worst critic! Ha! Thank you too, for the chance to win a pattern!

  11. Ruth B says:

    Thank you! I have tried binding odd angles and it was a struggle. Your method looks easy! Thanks for taking the time to show us.

  12. Linda T says:

    Count me in – I would so love to try these out! I’ve been looking for some really good table runner patterns for a long time. Yours are beautiful!

  13. Merri Jo says:

    Wonderful detail in the pictures! Thanks for sharing.

  14. HopeTN says:

    It really is simple, isn’t it? Thanks for the tips.

  15. Audrey Bretz says:

    How simple this looks! I would love to try it with your table runner pattern. Your tutorial is very well written!
    Audrey
    audreybretz@gmail.com

  16. Bari says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I am going back to read the one on inside corners also – I have a GMFG quilt to bind (that has been hanging around for 6-7 years for binding!) and it is on my “get-done” list this year. I haven’t had the confidence to do the corners. Do you have any other advice for GMFG binding?

    I love your quilts also. They are so bright and fresh! Thanks for sharing them with us….and yes, I would love to win one (or more) of your patterns!

    Thank you!

  17. Susan says:

    I’ve only made one quilt, with regular 90-degree angles, and I didn’t have too much trouble with those. So I’d LOVE to try the larger angles! :) Thanks for the chance to enter!

  18. quiltytherapy says:

    Great tutorial. I love the pin idea for odd shape corners. I’m wanting to try and get into something other than square corners soon.

  19. Darlene B says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway and tutorial Heather. Wishing you a happy, healthy 2011!

  20. Sherri says:

    Great tutorial…I’ve made lots of runners with angles like this and have just sort of been “winging” it…good to know the exact directions…I’ve had the corners turn out every way…and now know why!

  21. DianeH says:

    Thanks so much! I’ve struggled with these and now look forward to trying to bind these angles again. Thank you also for your giveaway.

  22. Alissa says:

    I just finished a tree skirt with those angles. Wish I had read this just a few weeks earlier:)

  23. Sandra says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. Love your detailed pictures and notes.

  24. Karen says:

    Thanks for the detailed instructions. I struggle with regular binding so hopefully I have more success with odd angles.

  25. Christine says:

    Great tutorial. Nice to find out that as a self-taught quilter, I actually do something right! Happy New Year.

  26. susan m says:

    Thank you for the picture instructions. They are great. Will look at them with my next quilt.

  27. Jana says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks for the binding help :)

  28. Linda says:

    A picture is worth a thousand words and the series of images really explain this technique….thanks for posting them. The Secret Garden Runner pattern is calling my name! Happy New Year!

  29. Debbie says:

    Thanks for the tips. Your patterns are beautiful and I would love to win them!

  30. Susan says:

    Thanks for the tutorial – I have always been daunted by binding!

    Happy New Year – I love playing card games when family gather – we usually play Skip-Bo or Phase 10, as they are perfect games for the pre-teen set :)

  31. Jane says:

    Oooh, I’d love to try these toppers. Great pattern and tutorial. Thanks for the giveaway. Pick me, pick me, pick me!

  32. Denniele says:

    Thanks for the tutorial…I think the different shaped toppers look great but was not sure about the binding. problem solved!

  33. Sarah N says:

    Thanks for the tutorial on binding weird angles! Very helpful!

    And I love the pattern!

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  34. Dawn Jones says:

    Thanks for that little tutorial – the pin placement is exactly what I needed to know! There you go – something new learned in 2011 already -thanks :-)
    Kind regards – Dawn

  35. pam says:

    What a nice tutorial Heather, I’ve always winged it with mixed success. That pin tip is genius. Thanks!

  36. Dee says:

    I haven’t tried anything other than a straight 90 degree corner, but I’d like to!

  37. Tracie says:

    Thanks for the binding tutorial, especially since I have table runners and table toppers stacked up for stitching during January. I love the idea of pancakes for New Year’s Day; I’ll have to remember that! And our family also likes to graze on snacks while playing Rook. Stay cozy!

  38. rebecca says:

    Wow!! Great tutorial!!!

  39. Deb says:

    I love your work! The patterns, books, and samples that you show on your blog are always so perfectly classy! I love them and would love to win a set of patterns! Thank you for the chance.

  40. Rosalie says:

    I love your patterns. I recently bought your shams book and it was perfect for what I needed! Thanks for opening up a giveaway. I would love to win!

  41. Christy Q says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial!!! I will be bookmarking this so I can come back to it when I have binding with the funny angles.

  42. Susan J. says:

    Thanks for another great tutorial. Your instructions are always spot on. My least favorite experience with binding was when I was learning to do scallops. It seemed like a lot of work at the time but it’s fun to try different things. Thanks for the instructions on another technique.

  43. Mary Hickey says:

    I love your patterns and your books. I have 3 of them. I made Secret Garden Runner out of Hydrangeas for my mother. She loves it. Your tutorial will help for my next runner. Thank you. Happy New Year. I would love a chance to win.

  44. Hannah says:

    I love the Diamond Diva runner, and have never tried diamonds before, so would love these patterns to learn new skills!

  45. Jane says:

    Thank you for that very informative tutorial. I am in the process of binding a Double Wedding Ring quilt and it has lots of corners. I sort of did it by the seat of my pants and the corners aren’t as good as yours but not too bad either!
    I will bookmark this one .
    I enjoy your patterns I love the Diamond Diva.
    Happy New Year, we don’t have a Pancake tradition, but it sounds like it would be a good one.(rather than a Roast Beef or the like)

  46. Tina says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. The pictures really help!

  47. Rachael R. says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial – the step-by-step pictures are very helpful. I love the tree skirt pattern! I make tree skirts for wedding gifts, but I don’t have a tree skirt for my own tree! This one is gorgeous and I’d love to try it out for myself!

  48. Jennifer says:

    Perfect timing for this tutorial as I am working on one of your patterns from Sizzling Sixties now and it has outer and inner borders! Thanks for the tutorial…I will be back to it when I have the top done!

  49. Becky says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. Always love learning something new from you. Love your patterns too. It would be so much fun to win them!

  50. Carol says:

    Wow, this looks easy. Thank you for the great tutorial.

  51. WendyMT says:

    Thank you so much for showing the examples of what happens when you have too little or too much fabric turning the corners … that really helps this visual learner!! Very much appreciate the giveaway opportunity!! Thanks!

  52. Kristy says:

    Fabulous tutorial. I did a hexagon tablerunner in December and could have benefited from this. I still have a hexie quilt to bind, and this is just in time for that. I truly appreciate your taking the time to share. I love your blog.

  53. sandi says:

    Wow! when you do things they look so simple. I will have to try that pin trick. Thanks for your great tried and true ideas and tutorials. Sandi

  54. Cindy says:

    What a wonderful tutorial!! So well illustrated through the photos and directions! I would love to learn how to sew binding that has strange angles. You make it look so very easy. Hope it goes that smoothly for me. :-)

  55. Debbie says:

    I’ve always enjoying viewing your works made of different shapes, Heather, especially hexagons. I wouldn’t mind having some patterns! Thanks for counting me in.

  56. Karen W says:

    Your instructions are great. Thanks for the great pictures and the great instructions.

  57. Connie F says:

    Thank You for the wonderful step by step instructions!
    I love all your quilts too!

  58. Cheryl says:

    Great tutorial! It really is very easy. Thank you!

  59. Kari says:

    Thanks! Maybe my messy mitred corners will be a bit better now. Each time I finish a quilt, they do get better. You’re right–practice, practice, practice!

  60. Thanks for the tutorial Heather!
    I love your patterns!!!

  61. Karen says:

    Thank you, Heather, for another great tutorial. I’m going to try the drawn lines and pinning, to see if I can make my corners much better!

  62. Denise says:

    Good tutorial. I need help with mitered angles. Also liked that you included what corners should not look like. Good reference pictures. Now to try this and get some practice on improving.

  63. Rene' Sharp says:

    What a wonderful tutorial Heather!! Thanks for sharing your expertise with us. Your sewing is SO neat. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a wonderful prize!! :)
    renesharp@telkomsa.net

  64. Karen Perschbacher says:

    Thank you so much for the binding tutorial. I am a fairly new quilter and am hooked on quilting! I can’t seem to get enough of it! I have your book, “On the Run” and have made many toppers out of it. My machine quilter binds them for me ; ) Goal in 2011: Learn to bind my own projects! Thankyou for the wonderful tutorial, patterns and your blog. You are a very talented quilter and designer. I can’t wait to see what you come out with next!

  65. paulabray says:

    Thank you gor the helpful tips on binding, Paula….paula_bray2001@yahoo.com

  66. paulabray says:

    Where can I find the pattern for your Diamond Diva, it is just gorgeous…Paula…..paula_bray2001@yahoo.com

  67. Kris Bair says:

    Perfect timing! I just finished the Diamond Diva table toppers and runner – but was unsure of how to bind those corners! Now I can finish them up in a hurry:)

  68. Liz says:

    Thanks for the great explanation and photos for binding odd angle corners. I have several table toppers with the odd angle corners waiting for binding. I have been putting off completing them because often I get a ‘nipple’ in the corner when putting binding on these angles. Now I know why — too much fabric in the corner.

  69. Marti says:

    What a fun way to start a new year. Thanks for the tips!

  70. Jan says:

    Heather you made a technical task much more doable to a learner quilter such as myself. I am often hesitant about trying new things, but the way you explain is easy to understand.

    Thanks for you generosity.

    Jan

  71. Great tutorial Heather- I still struggle some with the mitered corners on quilts and trying to get them so they lie the way they should. I appreciated the little tricks and photos of what you do to make it work so much better.
    Regards,
    Anna

  72. Widow Lindsay says:

    Thank you so much for showing how to do these weird corners! Have always had a problem with them until going over your tutorial and practicing.

  73. Laura says:

    Thanks for this tutorial. It’s very helpful!
    Laura

  74. Leslie Schmidt says:

    I could have used this help when I made a runner a few years ago that had the larger angles. This is very clear. I was never quite sure just where to lay the binding strip. Thank you so much!

  75. Delia says:

    I love them all.

  76. Bonnie Novak says:

    It is the only way to bind!!! Thank you

  77. Deb G. in VA says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks for the tips and the giveaway.

  78. Barb Shuler says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. This came at just the right time for me. I have binding to put on some table toppers with odd angles. Your clear instructions are a great gift! I love your patterns and fabric…Thank you!

  79. Vivian Oaks says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! Makes perfect sense now.

  80. Deb Austin says:

    Thank you Heather for the great pictures showing how to do the binding. I really like the what if I do it wrong pictures also. I love your patterns. Thanks again. Deb Austin

  81. Vicki says:

    Thanks for showing the wrong way, too! Great tutorial!

    I just purchased one of your table runner booklets and can’t wait to get started:)

  82. bev/mo says:

    thanks for posting this info. I usually get too much fabric and get that lump..ugh!

  83. Mary Beth says:

    Little engineer brain here read this and it all makes perfect sense.
    It’s bothered me that my brain couldn’t wrap itself around this until this point.
    Great instructions and really, really great patterns!
    Mary Beth

  84. Eileen H says:

    I love the patterns, and would love to win one. Thanks for the tutorial on binding. It’s kinda what I’ve been doing, but now I see why it turns out sometimes, and sometimes doesn’t. Happy New Year!

  85. kade says:

    Thanks for the helpful tutorial.

  86. Dawn Stephens says:

    Heather, thank you for showing us this helpful tutorial. Your pictures and directions are very easy to follow. Can’t wait to try this out, especially if I win. I love your patterns.

  87. Cyndie Salvatore says:

    Your blog is awesome, always is. Enjoy all your photography too. Thanks for the time and effort you put into it. Cyndie

  88. Shirl says:

    Thanks for this technique & the great examples. I have struggled with the binding on a couple of projects with these angles. You have made the process very clear. Thanks so much!

  89. Kim Hartwig says:

    Thanks for the info on binding, I have always steered clear of these different corners. Never thought it would be done in the same way as my regular binding. Thanks for clearing all of that up!

  90. Shari says:

    I appreciate your detailed instructions and photos along with the what not to do stuff! This is by far the best way to learn. Would love to see you do a tutorial on machine quilting.

  91. Gail says:

    Thanks for the info on the binding, really appreciate all the close up photos. It’s neat to see your machine quilting too! I enjoy your blog, it’s so nice of you to share your talents!

  92. Deb S. says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks. Now we can all have perfect corners.

    Deb S.

  93. Sharlene says:

    Love, love,love your patterns. I’ve attempted the corners so thank you for the
    tips in the mitering.

  94. Dorian says:

    Thanks for the tips Heather. I love making hexagon things, or runners with odd angles. Your tips are a great help! I love your hex star pattern, that is SO CUTE! thanks for a chance of winning.

  95. Debbie says:

    Great tutorial! And a new project to start off the new year! Yay!

  96. Kim says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful advise! You are such a talented quilter….I love your tablerunners as well as all of your other projects! I can’t wait to get started!

  97. Linda says:

    Heather,

    You make it look so easy! But like you said – practice is what we need to do! Thanks for the tutorial.

    Linda

  98. Lesli says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! You are so talented and I love everything that you do.

  99. Sarah G. says:

    I’ve never tried to bind those kind of corners, but your explanation was great! I would love to try it!

  100. Heidi K says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial – I’ve never tried anything other than straight corners!

    I love your fabric and patterns and I’m currently making the Sanibel free pattern quilt. I love how it’s turning out!

  101. Nancy E says:

    Doing bindings on octagon corners is no easy for me, but yours look wonderful. Thanks so much for showing us how you do it. The tutorial was great! Thanks to for a great giveaway.

  102. Pam E. says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. That’s the method I use for doing my binding corners. It’s good to know that this method works on other angle sizes too.

  103. Sherry Book says:

    Oh I love this tutorial…will have to share with my sisters, who refuse to make things with “odd” angles. Your photos are great for showing when you don’t make that turn just right…..wonderful, wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing & caring!

  104. Katie says:

    Thanks so much for sharing the binding tutorial. I’m going to be sure to bookmark it for future use!

  105. Beverley says:

    It works a treat. Thank you very much for your informative and entertaining blog.

  106. LizA. says:

    Thank you for sharing this great tutorial. I have no problems with square bindings but anything else throws me for a loop.

  107. quilty chick says:

    I am so excited to try this! I absolutely love your Diamond Diva pattern, the fabric too. It is beautiful-Enjoy your blog so much-hugs, Marietta

  108. Karen U says:

    Thanks for sharing your great tutorial. I am constantly amazed at the talent and creative minds on these quilting blogs. I would love to win the patterns to try this technique on my own. Thanks!

  109. Bonnie says:

    Thanks bunches for the tutorial. The toppers look great, especially the new pattern.

  110. Patsters says:

    Your tutorials are so easy to follow and helpful. I really like that you show the oppsies as well. I’ve had a few of them and now know what happened. Time to practice the new technique.
    You have the best blog site for quilting and knitting, I absolutely love it. The pictures of your home and area where you live are so wonderful as well. Living in California I don’t see much snow and it’s a nice treat. Thank you for sharing.

  111. Karla Tschida says:

    I was so happy to read how to correctly do mitering on >90 deg. corners–you really do a wonderful job of illustrating and explaining. I have some of your fabrics waiting to be made into a quilt for my granddaughter and a table runner for my daughter-in-law, and your tutorial could not have come at a better time!

    I always enjoy reading your blog posts. The photos of your home and studio are lovely, and there is always so much inspiration for me. I also really admire your knitting endeavors.

    Congratulations to the lucky person who wins the patterns–I hope it’s me!! <>

  112. boy you make that look easy. Binding intimidates me so yes I need the patterns!

  113. AnnieO says:

    I would love to try this! The last two photos of the “wrongs” really is so helpful. I have only done one runner that has odd angles and did have some minor difficulty. My son bought me two of your books for Christmas but I’d love to have more :) Thanks so much for the giveaway. Your quilt patterns are always so appealing!

  114. Anne Simonot says:

    As many have already commented, your examples are all so beautiful! I would love to win some of your lovely patterns – hope you pick my entry!

  115. Cindi P says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I always struggle with corners on binding.

  116. Robin Chapa says:

    oh my gosh…. that was SUPERMEGAHELPFUL! Thank you!
    ~robin
    welchrobin@hotmail.com

  117. Susan Muller says:

    Thanks….I love your quilts, fabric and all your tutorials. Very informative and easy to understand!!!

  118. marsha nelson says:

    Thank you for the helpful tutorial. As always it is super helpful. It’s frustrating to put all the work in and not have the binding turn out well. I would love to win the patterns for the darling runners. The diamond one especially. I do need some cute runners for my tables. Thanks again.

  119. Heidi B says:

    Thanks for your blog writings. I learn something each time I read them. Love your house & I would LOVE to have your work space!!!

  120. Alisa says:

    Thanks, Heather. I always wondered if it was the same technique as a 90 degree corner. Now I DO want to try it.

    Love your blog (your photos are great!)

  121. Donna says:

    Thank you so much for the binding tip. I have long been frustrated by those angles and now I am anxious to get a quilt together to add this new technique to my arsonel. I need all the too-power I can get!

  122. Julie in WA says:

    I have an eight-sided table topper, completed in Nov/Dec 2009, that needs binding. I put it aside because I could not figure out how to do it nicely, and I was unable to find any clear directions online. Thanks so much for this valuable tutorial as now I can finally finish this WIP!

  123. Tracy says:

    I have yet to try an odd angle but when I do, I’ll be sure to come back here to do it right!
    Beautiful examples and very clear pictures…that’s the best way for me to learn.

  124. Abby says:

    Interesting! I probably wouldn’t have thought to attempt an odd angle w/ binding, but your picture tutorial is really helpful in making it seem not scary at all! Thanks for taking the time to share

  125. janet chrzanowski says:

    Your patterns are so fresh. I would love to have a chance to win them so I can try them.

  126. Shannon says:

    Thank you for the info. I have not done any there shape than square or rectangle quilts but one day I would like to branch out. Thank you for the give away.

  127. Karen Ch says:

    You clever little thing you, look at how neatly you do those corners, you’ve inspired me yet again to try a new technique. That’s one of the things i love most about the land of blog, those helpful little hints that make all the difference. Thanks

  128. Shannon says:

    Thanks so much for the demo. You have motivated me to finish a few projects that have been sitting far too long, just wainting for pesty binding. Thanks!

  129. Carol M. says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial and for keeping it available for reference. You break it down and with the pictures I always find it so easy to follow.

  130. Patty B. says:

    I have made the Diamond Diva 4 color topper. Will have to go look if my corners look as nice as yours. I am sure I need more practice. Yeh more material to buy.
    You do lovely work.

  131. Diane R. says:

    Thank you, Heather, for that great tutorial. I have struggled with bindings like that several times and I was never very happy with the results. I appreciate the clear instructions very much.

  132. Mary Ellen says:

    Thank-you for that very good tout i have always struggled with the binding on odd shapes .Making mistakes and not beeing sure if what i was doing was right . You have made it clearer for me Mary Ellen

  133. sue says:

    Thanks for the tips. I experimented on a runner once before with odd corners and they came out okay – but that pin tip is the trick. Would love to win one of your patterns!

  134. carol broughton says:

    Oh, thank you for the excellent tutorial! The photos are perfect and the instructions are so clear. I was not happy with my results when I tried to bind a table runner with those angles, but now I know I can do it!

  135. Christine Thomas says:

    Cool. That would be a nice way to practice wide-angle binding. Thank you.

  136. Lynne says:

    I was so happy the day I found your blog! Thank you for this great tutorial. You’re pictures and instructions make it so much easier to understand. Thanks for sharing!

  137. Belva says:

    Thanks for this tutorial. Wish I would have seen it before I bound my new tree skirt last month. :)

  138. Rachel says:

    I am so ready to make one of your pretty table runners! Thanks for the info!

  139. Melissa says:

    That would make my new year fabulous! Thanks for a great tutorial and a fun giveaway!

  140. ruth says:

    It’s my goal to try some new quilting techniques this year, so hopefully I win!

  141. Shelly says:

    Thanks Heather for another great tutorial. I have used your inside corner binding tips often and look forward to trying more of your techniques.

  142. Kathy says:

    Great Great Great tutorial. I have done a few of these angles and this really helps explains how to get really pro looking results. This is super way to start the new year out. Love your patterns and would love to add to my collection of yours. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us.

  143. Kara says:

    If there was ever a better reason than making a new quilt, I can’t think of it. Learning a new technique is definitely a great reason!! And what lovely quilts to learn on!

  144. Sharlene K says:

    Very clear directions; I’ve tried to bind odd shaped corners before but this explains how to very completely. Thank you!

  145. Joy P says:

    Ohhhhh, that is why my corners look the way they do. Hmmmm, New Year’s resolution – improve the miter on my binding. Thank you for the tutorial! It was very helpful.

  146. SusanBV says:

    I have ALWAYS had too much fabric in the corners, now I will try the pin thing and hpefully improve- just didn’t know what to try before, Happy, healthy New Year to you and yours, Susan

  147. Marie says:

    Heather, I think you’ve just about covered all the tutorials you can regarding binding – thank you soooooo much. It’s just another element of FINISHING – always the hardest part for me.

  148. Kristi says:

    Thank you for the great tutorial! It was very informative and answered questions I had regarding binding “odd” angled quilts. Do you have a tutorial on binding scalloped quilts?

  149. Lisa Arndt says:

    I found this post great! I am also excited to look up the inside corner post. I was recently stumped by this!!!!

  150. Janice says:

    This is a great tutorial. It was so helpful to have the too little, too much photos. I would love to win your patterns

  151. Jen says:

    I would like to try! It looks like on of those projects that’s so easy to do once you try it, but looks intimidating! Like bindings’ thanks for the tutorial! And the giveaway!

  152. Judy W says:

    Thanks for the useful tutorial. I will definitely print and keep this one! One question —it looks like you don’t use a walking foot when applying bindings – does your binding shift or bunch up when stitching? Do you use a walking foot to apply straight bindings?
    Thanks again. Judy W

  153. Jan says:

    Wow, great help!

    I really love the Secret Garden Runner, but all are great and very do-able! Making more runners before next Christmas is definitely on my list. They can really change the decor of your home so much and add just the right touch!

    Great way to start off the New Year with a chance to win a prize. Thank you!

  154. Norine says:

    Thank you for the tutorial on binding. Now I understand why my corners turn out the way they do.

  155. Pat says:

    Thank you so much for the irregular binding tutorial. You make it so easy. I have asked quilt shop owners how to do this as it is common on tablerunner patterns but they all give different answers. You are priceless!!

  156. Margie says:

    What a great tutorial! I’m one of those who actually enjoys doing binding and I appreciate the great tips and techniques you provide. I LOVE the patterns as well.

  157. Christine says:

    Heather is a beautiful name. It belongs to my daughter as well. I have stumbled through binding non-square corners so I appreciate the step-by-step directions. Thanks.

  158. Diane says:

    Thanks Heather! Now I don’t have any more excuses for not trying a hexagon table topper. Love your work!

  159. Kim G says:

    I love your tutorial, would love a chance to win those patterns!! Thanks!

  160. Shirley says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I made my first tree skirt for this past Christmas and had so much trouble trying to bind it, I rounded those 135 degree corners and made bias binding!! Now at least I know what I was doing wrong!

  161. Mary Meats says:

    Love your directions. They are great. Just finishing up the quilt, Gypsy Girl. What a fun pattern you designed with great directions as well. Thanks.
    Mary

  162. Tracie says:

    I read all of your binding tutorials and now I’m ready to bind the five (or more) quilts stuffed in a bin under my bed because I didn’t want to tackle the job. Yes, I’m one of those quilters who doesn’t like sewing bindings! I printed the instructions for cutting bias strips (thank you!) and bought a set of straw needles and quilting thread today, so I’m armed and ready for duty. Thank you for posting the tutorials with so many helpful photos. :-)

  163. Linda W. says:

    I have a few quilts that are ready to be bound, so I am going to try your method one those. The method I was taught and use is very similar, but I don’t mark my sewing line to define the stopping point, nor do I use a pin to hold the fabric in just the right spot. This tutorial is well written and illustrated and is super easy to follow. Thank you for sharing!

  164. Chris says:

    Thanks, Heather. I thought that was the way to do it, and I did it pretty successfully on one of your runners, shown here: http://millerslastresort.blogspot.com/2010/05/oh-my-goodness.html

    I don’t imagine you have much time to check out blogs, but I do love this runner!

    Chris in Idaho

  165. Steph says:

    Thanks for the great tips. I have just started quilting, so I am new to binding. I cant wait to try it this weekend.
    Steph

  166. Alexandra says:

    Thank you for an excellent tutorial. You have confirmed what I had thought was the case. The oopsies photos are a great help. There are always times when you wonder what went wrong!!!!

  167. Chris says:

    Thanks Heather for all the great pictures with your tutorial! Love you patterns!

  168. Debbi Price says:

    What a wonderful tutorial! I especially liked how you showed what happens when you don’t do it correctly. Thanks.

  169. cheryl says:

    What a wonderful tutorial! It really helps to see the mistakes too and what causes them!

  170. Lucy says:

    Your photos are so well angled and makes it so easy to see exactly how this corner should be done. I so loved the demo you posted earlier on binding. I very much enjoy your blog. Lucy

  171. Karen Stennes says:

    What a great teacher you are and love the visuals as always! That’s my way of learning, so I appreciate all your great pictures. So enjoy your blogs. Great inspiration! Thank you.

  172. Carolyn Buzza says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. It’s great to learn new techniques. I haven’t attempted any shapes other than square or rectangle quilts. I might just be more adventurous now. Thank you.

  173. Linda K says:

    Wow, sure wish I had seen this before binding my Christmas Tree skirt last year. Now I think I know where I went wrong. I’d love to try some of your tablerunners. Thanks for the chance to win. And just wanted to say, too, that I LOVE your Christmas fabrics, At Home for the Holidays, especially the black background poinsettias.

  174. Sandy F. in MO says:

    What a great tutorial! Thanks for the demo.

  175. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. It’s so easy to follow and I like the way you showed what it looks like when you do it wrong. Love those patterns with the interweaving lines.

  176. Colleen says:

    You do beautiful work. Thanks for the opportunity to tey something new.

  177. Gail says:

    Thanks for the tutorial and great photos. The examples of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ are excellent! Love your blog!

  178. Thank you for the tip! It was really helpful that you also included pictures of how one can do wrong, and what the result will be.

  179. Raindrops says:

    Great tips Heather. I have a very odd shaped UFO to complete this year. And this is just the information I needed to help me finish it. Thank you once again.

  180. Helen Widerski says:

    You did a excellent job of showing the correct and incorrect way to do that type of binding Heather. Thank you so much for the time you spent doing this for us quilters.

  181. Vic says:

    Heather,
    THANK YOU! That was an awesome tutorial on unusual binding corners.
    Can’t wait for the next post … surely do enjoy your blog!
    Thanks much for teaching, inspiring, laughing, and bringing the something new into each of our homes.
    vic

  182. Jennifer Waters says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. I am just wanting to begin quilting and am already excited to try this. You make it look so easy.

  183. Janine Porter says:

    Thanks Heather! Now I wont be afraid to try a hexagon table topper. Love your work very much and I learn something new everytime.

  184. Michelle F. says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I have shied away from thesse projects because of those “funky” corners. I may just have to try it!

  185. Judy W. says:

    Thank you for all you have shown this past year, from tips, photos, redo’s of your home and family fun! We are all so very lucky to have found your blog.
    Happy New Year!

  186. Tina Mac says:

    Oh Heather I hope I’m not too late to enter this give-a-way. Those patterns are adorable. Thanks

  187. SueV says:

    Thank you for the tutorial! That is how I do my bindings for regular corners, but I liked the extra hints for lining your edges up and using the pin to get it just right.

  188. Virginia Brown says:

    Heather thank you so much for doing this tutorial. Hopefully I can make better corners on my projects with this helpful hint. I Loved the one you did for inward corners.

  189. Kaye M. says:

    Heather, thank you so much for these directions. This is Exactly what I have been struggling with! I finished a table runner with these same angles last week, some corners look okay and some are pretty bad. I wish I would have read this sooner, but I’ll be ready for the next time!! Drawing pencil lines and using a pin to get the fold just right will be a great help!

  190. Sharon W says:

    Thanks for the lesson. I need to see how others do the hand stitching on the back. I have tried several, but not really happy with what I am doing.

  191. Thank you for the handy tutorial. I know I will be back to revisit this when I need it. Many thanks.

  192. quilterz says:

    My friend shared your site with me and I am delighted. I will use your tips on the table runner I just made. Thank you!

  193. AnnB says:

    I have used your binding tutorials a number of times. Your pictures are very clear and accurate. It’s really very easy after you follow your instructions. Thank you very much for all your hard working instructions and website.

    AnnB

  194. StampinKris says:

    Thank you for sharing all these great tips. I’m just starting to learn to quilt, and appreciate your easy to follow tutorials. I’m off to cut some binding for my first quilt. Wish me luck!

  195. Barbara says:

    I like your style in teaching. I learn so much by reading your blog.
    Pick me.

  196. Afra glancy says:

    Just love these patterns, such lovely colors so happy and cheery, thay would look great in my place, I would love to make them, could be great ideas as well

  197. Lynette says:

    Just used your tutorial again, Thanks :D

    (I have it linked on the Tutorials page of my blog, btw. Hope that’s OK? I do note that it’s yours, not mine.

  198. Priscilla says:

    This is a great way to bind the odd corners. I’ve had so much trouble in the past. Thank you for putting up this tutorial….well done!!

  199. Mattie says:

    I used your tutorial for binding inside corners of a gift last Christmas, and it really saved the piece. I now am looking to finish something for myself with wide outside corners, thought to check your tutorials, and here we are! Thanks so much for sharing such detailed, useful tips.

  200. Sue says:

    I just finished 2 table toppers and your advice about the odd shaped corner worked geat.
    thanks

    Sue

  201. Joanne Taylor says:

    Hi.Heather,
    I am fairly new to quilting and I found your binding tutorial just too late for my present giving.
    I got the method I used on You Tube.And although they turned out not bad, your clear instructions would have been better. Still lots more to bind so better late than never.lol
    I don’t expect to win anything, as I am too far away in Scotland.Just wanted to say I love your blog.
    Cheers Joanne.

  202. Cathy Bremer says:

    Thank you for this tutorial! I still struggled with the top point. I wonder if there is a different way you do the top point then the other corners?

  203. anne vosburg says:

    just found your tutorial on binding odd out side corners and sure glad I did. this is great. have signed up for “trends and traditions”. what a gold mine of tips.
    thanks so much.
    anne

  204. I have been doing table runners with these types of corners for a couple of years and they always turned out wrong. Your to examples look exactly like what I was doing. Now thanks to your post I will be able to get one right. I have never drawn the corner before sewing but I can easily see where that will be a big help. I can’t wait to give it a try.

  205. Shelly Sandy says:

    Thank you for the tutorial on binding odd angles! The pix and explanation were clear and concise, and my binding came out beautifully! The hint with the pin and 90 degrees from the point really did the trick!
    THANKS!

  206. Thank you, thank you!! I was in tears last night and found this post. You are a lifesaver!!!!

  207. Bobbi says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ve been wanting to try a table runner, but I’ve been afraid of the binding. This is so much more clear than any of the other tutorials I have found. I especially appreciate your pictures of what it looks like if it goes wrong. Those are super helpful, and I’m sure you had to spend a lot of extra time to include them. Thanks!

  208. Jane Bailey says:

    The you for the best tutorial on hexagone binding. It helped me alot. I really appreciate the time you spend in making this tutorial. Pictures reall helped. Thanks again P.S. I also found a new pattern on your site—hexagone table topper

  209. Julie says:

    Thanks so much for this clear tutorial – I just made a runner with odd angles and was not getting the corners smooth and this worked like a charm!

  210. Nancy says:

    Fantastic tutorial!!

  211. Dianne Cahill says:

    Thank you for the effort you put into this tutorial. It is excellent. I just nailed all 4 of the odd corners on my table runner.

  212. csarina says:

    I made a table topper with pointed ends, I have been looking for ages for instructions for binding the points, then I found your blog. At last I can finish it. Thank you.

  213. Trish Clements says:

    I would love too win your fabulous book!!

  214. lvanvranken says:

    I also made a table topper with 8 points and 8 “valleys”. Your instructions are so clear. I was using a glue technique and always had to wash the edge of my project after. Thank you so much. Happy day!

  215. Sharon says:

    Thank you for sharing your binding technique. I just used it to bind 120-degree angles and it worked perfectly!

  216. Bec says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. I knew how to do 90 degree corners, but not the odd angled corners. I’ve bookmarked your blog for future reference and to see what else you are sharing. :)

  217. Nancy says:

    In which of your books do the table runners appear? They’re adorable.

  218. Janet Adair says:

    Wow, I love it. Everything you teach is so clear. Thanks.

  219. Norma says:

    This looks very easy. I always had a struggle with these types of corners. I also love your patterns. Thanks for the tutorial.

  220. Lynne says:

    Thank you! Over 2-1/2 years later, your tutorial is priceless. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around
    the angle last night at 11:30 and knew better than to look for info that time of night with work looming in the morning. :-) Thanks again for keeping such valuable information up and so readily available. Lynne

  221. Mary T S says:

    This really helped. I just successfully bound my quilt w/ these 135 degree angles. Thank you for the “tut”.

  222. Freda Smith says:

    Thanks so much. I’m doing a runner and placemats for my daughter for Christmas and with your turorial I can go ahead and finish it.

  223. Rita Mulvey says:

    Thank you for making this so easy to understand I have fallen in love with a octagon table topper but was afraid to start it because of the odd corner angles. I am rushing into my sewing room now and hope to be placing the finished topper on my table this weekend. You have given me the courage to tackle a new technique. ~Rita

  224. Susan says:

    I just made my first ever quilt as you go project it is a table runner and I didn’t know how to turn the corners because there not normal corners . Your post really helped. Thanks

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