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    You only learn and get better by challenging yourself and the binding will improve the more you do it.
    Beth

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    The first thing I ever put binding on was a table runner and I thought it was the hardest thing ever, now I don't mind it and actually enjoy binding. I had to watch a tutorial every time I did binding for the first half a dozen projects but now am comfortable. Good job on the mug rug!

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    Great job! Your points are perfect!
    As for the binding technique, it comes with time. I, personally, would NEVER attempt a total machine binding. I just don't have the nerve. I machine sew to the front, and hand sew to the back. The finish is SO much more predictable.
    I used to HATE it, until I challenged myself with a gazillion pot holders!
    Now I actually enjoy it, so hang in there, chica!
    And give yourself a big pat on the back!
    I really need to get off the exclamation point.
    It may give people the idea that I'm bright and cheerful all the time....

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    Thank you! I do need the practice so it looks like everyone will be getting a mug rug or potholder this Christmas. Lol. Thank you all for your words of encouragement.
    I have considered hand sewing the binding. I need someone IN person to show me how. I think I will attend my local guild meeting this week and ask someone to show me.

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    Don't worry about that binding, we were all newbies at some point. Besides, I bet your husband will be so happy with his new mug rug, he won't even notice what you think is wrong. We are always harder on ourselves for some reason.

    Binding just takes a little practice. I also found a lot of help using the tutorials on You Tube. (Of course, I'm partial to Jenny's but there are plenty out there if you need them.)
    It's all fun and games until the bobbin runs out.

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    Your block is great! Wonderful fabric choices. And you got the lower left corner right on. It's only a matter of time before binding comes easy for you. I guess it has to go on my "to do" list now.

    I have been quilting for about 2 and a half years and still have to sit back and think before starting binding. I have never been able to get machine binding to work for me, so I hand bind my quilts. I sew to the front and hand bind the back. I hated doing it at first, but now I am almost liking it.

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    Congrats and keep going - it does get easier!
    ***Kathy***

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    Thank you ladies!!

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    Congratulations!!! You did great. Remember, we all have to start somewhere.
    For a MugRug, you don't have to make a separate binding - just fold over the excess backing fabric and top stitch in place.

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