My Immediate Future —

Lots and lots of inches/feet/yards of bindings!  I like to roll my binding on a ruler like Natalia, and then I’ve learned I can wear it like a bracelet while attaching it to my quilt top.  This keeps it from getting twisted, or tangled.

Here’s a tip for you —

I sew my strips together this way.  I’ve tried cutting them on the 45 degree angle, but usually mess it up!  So my easy solution is to sew, then clip away the seam allowance.  Most of the time I don’t mark it, just eyeball it and move on to the next bit :)

I’m sure there’s a few of you shaking your finger at me – I’m okay with that – this is what works for me.  :)
In other news, my Emmalie is sick with pneumonia :(  She’s had a couple of colds in the last month, and the coughs that accompany them, and developed that nasty infection deep in her lungs.  Sadly, she had it about three years ago too.  Most of my Wednesday was spent arranging doctors appointments, a quick trip to the hospital for a chest x-ray, and pharmacy for meds – all the while her main concern was that she not get a shot!      Poor thing.  I’m praying that we see her energy pick back up in the next 24 hours, and that the medication clears her up, so she can get back to school!  She hates to miss any school.  Though I’m pretty sure Kindergarten may be the culprit of the colds!

I hope you are having a good day – I’m probably on the couch with Em and a needle and thread, stitching a binding in place. OR trying to keep up with everyone’s comments for the giveaway :)

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By | 2017-11-17T09:14:41+00:00 February 25th, 2010|My kids, random|55 Comments


  1. Jackie February 25, 2010 at 4:29 am - Reply

    Oh Amy, I hope that she feels better soon! Such a tough thing for such a little person. But having mommy nearby sure does help. It will definitely give you time to get all your bindings complete.

  2. Tales From My Empty Nest February 25, 2010 at 4:31 am - Reply

    Praying that your daughter feels much better soon. Love & blessings from NC!

  3. Kat February 25, 2010 at 5:22 am - Reply

    Brilliant idea for keeping binding tamed! I do the same thing with sewing/clipping/not measuring exactly. I think I saw it that way in a tutorial somewhere, so maybe there aren't too many head shaking. :)

    Hope your daughter feels better soon!

  4. Susana February 25, 2010 at 5:27 am - Reply

    Great tip! I hope Emmalie (such a beautiful name!) feels better soon. And that you enjoy your time on the couch with her.

  5. joanne lendaro February 25, 2010 at 5:27 am - Reply

    Hope your little one feels better soon! Thanks for the binding tip, love your blog!

  6. DeeRoo February 25, 2010 at 5:33 am - Reply

    Yep….Kindergarten will do it to the healthest child…sorry she is not feeling well but isn't it grand that she doesn't want to miss school!:)

    I do my binding exactly the same way!:)

  7. Melody February 25, 2010 at 5:41 am - Reply

    Awe kindergarten, the year of cootie catching. Saying a prayer that your little Emmalie will heal quickly.

    I join my binding the same way and I never marked it. I may have to try winding up my binding like you so I can wear it while attaching. Thanks for the tip.

    Sew long,

  8. Amy February 25, 2010 at 5:45 am - Reply

    I do my bindings exactly the same way. But I never tried wearing the roll as a bracelet – that's a great idea. Thanks.

    Hope Emmalie is mending quickly. Quinn had it earlier this year and was much better 24 hours after starting meds.

  9. KaHolly February 25, 2010 at 5:48 am - Reply

    Hi Amy, so sorry Emmalie is so sick. Bless her little heart. Brings back memories of snuggling my little one through her hard times. They grow up so darned fast! Thanks for the binding tip. I will give it a try! I usually just roll it loosely and set it on my lap, then it ends up all over the place, tangled, awkward….Keep Emmmalie close! ~karen

  10. Petit Debutant February 25, 2010 at 6:02 am - Reply

    Love the pink polka dot binding.

    On a side note, I hope your baby feels better. I see lots of doctor's office visits for us today. My son sounds like your daughter (same age too) I just hope it's not pneumonia for him.

  11. Catherine February 25, 2010 at 6:19 am - Reply

    Here's wishing your daughter gets well soon!!

  12. Jean February 25, 2010 at 6:26 am - Reply

    That's the way I do my binding too. Why not! My girls both had pneumonia a couple of times growing up, but as adults, nope. I guess maybe they grew out of it?? Good luck. She will always remember you sitting by her and sewing. Sweet moments.

  13. Thimbleanna February 25, 2010 at 6:27 am - Reply

    I hope your sweet little Emmalie is better soon Amy!

  14. grendelskin February 25, 2010 at 6:40 am - Reply

    The "up" side of school is that the kids get exposed to lots of stuff so they get to build up their immunities; the "down" side is that they get exposed … hope she feels better soon!

    I do the criss-cross thing instead of cutting my binding ends too. I don't know how I managed to miss Natalia's tip about wrapping the binding around the ruler but I'll be adopting that tip right away! Thank you for passing it along!

  15. Emma February 25, 2010 at 6:48 am - Reply

    I hope Emmalie gets better quickly.

    It looks to me as though someone has been delaying attaching binding to her quilts? I join my binding strips the same way as you, too.

  16. Steffi´s Candy Quilts February 25, 2010 at 6:53 am - Reply

    I hope Emmalie is better soon! All good wishes for her!

    I sew my binding just the same way, it works very well for me. Good idea to wear it like a bracelet when sewing, I will try this next time!

  17. Cara February 25, 2010 at 7:00 am - Reply

    Aw to Em…I've had that stuff a few times, once you get it you become more prone to it. I hope she's better soon, and you don't go crazy with her sick, lol or all those bindings.

  18. Happy Cottage Quilter February 25, 2010 at 7:12 am - Reply

    It is so hard to see our little ones so terrible sick. I hope she will be better soon and the meds will help her get over the pneumonia.

  19. Vicki February 25, 2010 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Oh, I hope your girl feels better soon!

    I wish I could help you out with your quilt bindings… does this mean all the quilts are done? You're almost there!

  20. CitricSugar February 25, 2010 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Thanks for the binding tips!

    As for your sickie, I hope she gets well soon. I used to get severe bronchitis as a kid and it left me winded most of my middle years. The good news is that an adult, I am almost NEVER sick. I hope the same for Emmalie. I also wish her some good books to keep her from going out of her mind on the sickie sideline.

  21. Natalia February 25, 2010 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Sorry that Emilee is sick! I hope that she gets better soon! Have fun with all that binding! :) P.S. Thanks for the link.

  22. "Lois Grebowski" February 25, 2010 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Great tip! I could never get that part right and you make it so easy! YAY!

    Hope your wee one is better soon.

  23. call me crazy February 25, 2010 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Oh my you have a lot of stitching in your future! ;-) Hope DD is better soon!

  24. Mary on Lake Pulaski February 25, 2010 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Take good care of that little girl – I'm sure you will Amy!

  25. quiltcetera February 25, 2010 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Awwwwww. Amy you are a good Mama. Hug that wee girl and heal her with Mommy Love.

  26. zarina February 25, 2010 at 8:36 am - Reply

    thank you for the tips. I usually just let the bindings all tangle.

  27. Fran Kingston-Dill February 25, 2010 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Sorry to hear your daughter is sick. Boy, it sure is going around.
    Hope she has a speedy recovery.
    I do my bindings the same way, let them wave their fingers, I say as long as it works out in the end, it dosen't matter how you got there!!!!

  28. Crafty Mama February 25, 2010 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Aw, poor baby! And poor Mommy too because I know how hard it is to have your baby sick:-(
    I hope she feels better really soon and in the meantime you can gets lots of binding sewn on while cuddling up with your little one:-)

  29. Purple Quilter Queen February 25, 2010 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Clever idea to roll the binding on a ruler and then slide onto your wrist. I've always got a tangled mess on the floor when I'm trying to sew the binding on my quilts. Thanks for the tip! Hope Emmalie is feeling better soon! Jenn

  30. Purple Quilter Queen February 25, 2010 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Clever idea to roll the binding on a ruler and then slide onto your wrist. I've always got a tangled mess on the floor when I'm trying to sew the binding on my quilts. Thanks for the tip! Hope Emmalie is feeling better soon! Jenn

  31. Purple Quilter Queen February 25, 2010 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Clever idea to roll the binding on a ruler and then slide onto your wrist. I've always got a tangled mess on the floor when I'm trying to sew the binding on my quilts. Thanks for the tip! Hope Emmalie is feeling better soon! Jenn

  32. Anonymous February 25, 2010 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Hope your little one feels better soon.


  33. Tracey J February 25, 2010 at 10:18 am - Reply

    I have lots of binding, but not this much!

    And get better sweet girl! (I was a teacher, and yes, my immune system got quite a workout when I was at the K level)

  34. jabeybaby February 25, 2010 at 10:35 am - Reply

    That is how I do my bindings also! It's really quick and easy that way.

    Hope your little girl gets better soon! I've got a sick little one here too.

  35. Jane's Fabrics and Quilts February 25, 2010 at 10:46 am - Reply

    I love your idea and I am going to do it that way from know on! Hope your little one is up and around soon, my daughter has asthma and we spent more time in bathroom, with steam then I can remember. I think I taught her to read in there! But it really helps.

  36. Angie and Michelle February 25, 2010 at 10:55 am - Reply

    I had never heard the rolling binding technique. I'm always stepping on mine. So I'm definitely going to try it. Thanks -michelle

  37. jaybird February 25, 2010 at 11:02 am - Reply

    i sew my strips together the same way…

  38. Amber February 25, 2010 at 11:59 am - Reply

    I sew my binding the same way but havne't ever rolled it – I'm trying that next time…and I LOVE that roll of Hope Valley binding – fun!

  39. Trudi February 25, 2010 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Poor little Em, hope she's feeling much better soon. Enjoy the snuggling Amy :)

    I alway do my bindings that way too, I think the only thing the finger waggers would say is to pin and draw a line to sew on. But, hey why waste time, point and go! Great tip about the wrapping around a ruler, admittedly I roll it, gonna have to give it a try on the next batch :) Hugs

  40. MomBrose February 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Your bindings look so fun!! I'm sorry about miss Em! I hope she gets some energy back soon too. Pneumonia is no fun!! I think it's kindergarten too. Reagan got sick a lot last year. Have fun spending time with your girl and your quilts!

  41. lesthook February 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I'm another one that does the binding that way. Hope Em feels better soon!

  42. Cheryl Arkison February 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    I do my bindings the same way. I hope Em feels better soon. Pneumonia is never fun and always a bit scary. Hang in there.

  43. Cheryl Arkison February 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    I do my bindings the same way. I hope Em feels better soon. Pneumonia is never fun and always a bit scary. Hang in there.

  44. Cheryl Arkison February 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    I do my bindings the same way. I hope Em feels better soon. Pneumonia is never fun and always a bit scary. Hang in there.

  45. Deb February 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    wow, that is a lot of VERY ORGANISED binding. hmm mine is always in an enormous birdsnest at my feet as I sew it on.

    Get well soon Em xx

  46. Cindy February 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    I do hope she starts on the mend soon.

  47. deborah February 25, 2010 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Hope dear Emmalie starts feeling better soon…having her momma so close will help a lot! I have binding rolled up the same way, patiently waiting its turn:)

  48. I Purr-Furr to Craft February 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    get better soon.

  49. Dresden Quilter February 25, 2010 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    I hope Emmalie feels better soon! I am not shaking my head at you. That is the way I learned though I ended up doing it another way that I learned from Eleanor Burns. I have tried wrapping my bindings around a ruler, though I never thought about the bracelet idea. I will have to try it, and what do you know I have a quilt waiting for binding.

  50. Elizabeth February 25, 2010 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    What pretty bindings! Binding is so fun because you know your quilt is nearly done. Hope your little one is well soon!

  51. Candied Fabrics February 25, 2010 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Enjoy your couch time with your little one – at least you have your laptop! Hope she feels better soon!

  52. Purple Paisley Patch February 26, 2010 at 12:30 am - Reply

    I hope Em feels better soon, poor little love. I've been reading about quite a few folk and their kiddies getting pneumonia of late, both in the US and in Australia, and we're in different seasons too. Very strange, I didn't think pneumonia was that common.

    I love your tip about putting the binding around a ruler and then on your arm as a bangle. I've certainly struggled with twisted binding in the past. I also join my binding as you do, it's so much easier to do it that way.

    I read on Natalia's blog that she's been quilting all your quilts ready for your book – how exciting, I can't wait!!!! Will we be able to order the book from you directly? I hope we don't have to wait too much longer, not that I'm impatient or excited or anything, MUCH!!

    Kelly :-)

  53. highwaycottage February 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Great tips about the binding. I hope Emmalie feels better soon.

  54. waggonswest April 7, 2010 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    What a simple solution for binding! Thanks for sharing.

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