Thursday, June 12, 2014

feathered bindings

bound in black Feathers

A couple weeks ago I finished quilting something special for my next class (due in August) and began scouring my stash for a binding, because I almost never choose a binding before I finish quilt.  All the usual suspects failed to satisfy - dots, stripes, even solids.  Nothing on hand was quite right.

Soo.... I found myself actually shopping for binding.  I can't think of when I've ever done that!  Sure, binding is important, but I'm entirely a make-do kind of gal at that point, eager to see my work-in-progress finished.



After spending way too much time poking about online shops, I came across Sun Print Feathers at Cuts of Cotton.  Ding, ding, ding!

Now I'd already purchased some Feathers before and used them in a few works, but I had yet to use them as binding.  Let me tell you, they ROCK as binding.  It's like a stripe, but a little more nuanced.  More modern, perhaps?  Since the Feathers prints are simple, one-color works, they're easy to match to a quilt. 

Feathers from Cuts of Cotton

Sun Print Feathers

Cuts of Cotton has the full range of Feathers colors in stock.  I ordered the black for my future-class quilt and more of the yellow for that Pretty Potent diamond quilt (whose finished pictures are pending a break in these summer thunderstorms).  Oh, yes, I actually thought ahead and planned on the yellow feathers before finishing a quilt.  Points.

Sun Print Feathers for bindings

If you're looking for a good stash builder, I definitely recommend the Sun Print Feathers.  I suggest stashing helpful prints like this in half yard cuts, which tend to be enough to bind a throw quilt or to use significantly in any one work.  Now through next Wednesday (the 18th) you can save 15% off anything at Cuts of Cotton with coupon code "feathers"!  This online shop also stocks tons of Pearl Bracelet prints and other great basics, plus you can browse fabrics organized by COLOR.  Check it out!

{Giveaway}

Someone's going to get lucky with a fat quarter bundle of the complete Sun Print Feathers collection!  Leave a comment to enter to win.  Cuts of Cotton is happy to ship this prize anywhere in the world.  Winner will be drawn on Monday morning.  Good luck!

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Comments closed.  Our winner is comment #230, who is Taryn from Pixels to Patchwork.  Enjoy! 

369 comments:

  1. Wow! I would love to win that! Love the binding.

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  2. Ek!! So pretty and I've been eyeing this fabric for a quilt anyways. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  3. I have a few of these--but hadn't thought of a binding. Good idea.
    I would love to win these. Thanks.

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  4. Binding is one of my favorite parts of a quilt! Thanks for the lovely giveaway! :)

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  5. Such wonderful fabrics - thanks for the chance!

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  6. oh, they make perfect binding, thank you for the idea and for the chance to win :)

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  7. I have used the red arrows as a binding before and it was perfect! Thanks for the chance!

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  8. I'm about half and half when it comes to binding, I either have an idea up front and will purchase accordingly, or I will raid my stash for something after the quilt is quilted. I like this concept of using the feathers and honestly don't have any yet. Off to check some out.

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  9. What a clever binding! Have to remember that. A lovely giveaway!

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  10. Hi, such neat fabrics!
    Doesn't your binding set the entire quilt off !
    Thanks for sharing!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  11. I love this line! Thanks for the chance!

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  12. Oh, those prints are just great! Love the simple graphic design, it is so useful! Thanks for the chance

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  13. I love this feathers line, I've been eyeing for quite some time! Fingers crossed!

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  14. So funny! I had JUST cut some feathers for binding my current quilt. I'd love to stock up on more!

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  15. I love the feathered fabrics-they will make great bindings. Such beautiful colors!

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  16. Love the feathers and love binding too. jennylarking at gmail dot com

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  17. That looks amazing as a binding! I'm so boring always using a solid! Thanks for the giveaway.
    turner(underscore)post(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. Love the feathers - both as the fabric in a quilt and as binding!

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  20. Gorgeous- I agree that is a very useful print!

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  21. oh I have got to try this. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  22. I think that the feathers could also be fun cut 90 degrees from the way that you are cutting them for a binding! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  23. Your quilts look great! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  24. I would absolutely love those prints for my stash! They are so perfect. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  25. The feathers look like fun stash builders. Thanks!

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  26. I love your choice for you binding, I like using some out of the box things on occasion and the feathers are definitely a winner.

    The colours are also a great choice. Thanks for a chance to win these great fabrics,

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  27. I have a few of those prints. They are WONDERFUL. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  28. I think the fabric adds just the right touch of interest to the quilt as binding, but I can also see how fun it could be when pieced. (oh, and I love the sneak peek into your quilting choice on the class quilt. clever, clever!)

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  29. The Feathers range looks fantastic as binding. I love it! Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  30. I love interesting bindings. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. I love Sun Prints Feathers! And great idea using it for the binding. Thank you for the giveaway. :)

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  32. Feathers as binding! Fabulous!!

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  33. I've admired the Feather's line but have never purchased any. Thanks for the chance!

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  34. I love those! Great stashers! Thanks for the sweet giveaway.

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  35. I'd love to have some of these to use for binding - or anything quilty!

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  36. That's a great idea for binding! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  37. I love the idea to use the feather fabric as binding. I would love to win the fabric. Thanks. Also thanks for talking a little about your process of picking binding.

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  38. Love the black feathers for binding!

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  39. My SIL is having a baby this summer and I am making her special nursery items and the feathers would make the best bed skirt! I love those colors.

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  40. They look so lovely as a binding! I was just recently checking out those very prints while window shopping the other day... I would love to add some to my stash! xoxo

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  41. I've been looking at the feathers for a little while now. Thanks for the chance to win them!

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  42. I often use stripes as a binding. I find I always need to wait until the quilt is quilted and trimmed before I can confirm the binding, sometimes things don't look as good as you assumed they would be when you get to the end.

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  43. I always wondered how feathers would look as binding, much better than I had imagined!

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  44. This would give me and my stash a needed pick me up.

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  45. Those fabrics look delicious and I'd love to win. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  46. Ooooh!!! Thanks for the giveaway and for the great idea! I was just wondering how to bind two coordinating picnic blankets! :)

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  47. Great idea to use Sun Feathers as a binding! I have yet to add these prints to my stash, thanks for the chance to win a bundle of them.

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  48. What a fabulous binding choice, and thanks for the giveaway!!

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  49. I love that these prints work so well for boy projects. It looks great as binding too!

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  50. Those are such pretty prints!

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  51. Those are soooo very fun!! I would love to play with them. Thanks for the chance!!

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  52. Humm I have been thinking about binding all day. This feathers is a great idea.

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  53. I love. Those fabrics! Great colors too

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  54. I love the idea of using this as a stripe-y binding.

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  55. I love that print, it seems as if it would work in many quilts. I have no idea why I've never gotten any. I never thought to use it as binding, but it looks really great!

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  56. Yay, thankyou cuts of cotton (in anticipation of my win)!

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  57. That really is a great binding fabric! I like the binding to have a little pizzazz if possible.:)

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  58. Love the feathers fabric. And all the colors are just amazing. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  59. I've had the feathers fabric sitting in my "Fabric I Love" list for awhile. Hadn't thought about it's use as binding and it is an excellent choice!

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  60. what a great fabric for binding! I have to say I have previously been quite conservative but having seen the cool effect of stripy bindings I am now venturing out further and I agree that this fabric does indeed rock as a binding! Hope I win!!

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  61. Love the Feathers as binding! I don't think I would have thought of using it that way but it's fabulous. And the colors of the collection are so pretty.
    (majesticjenkinsATgmailDOTcom)

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  62. I simply adore the colours in the feathers range and you're so right about these fabrics looking great as bindings.

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  63. I've been eyeing this collection for a while now. It really does make a stand-out binding in the black and white!

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  64. What an amazing binding fabric.

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  65. I love the feather prints they are so pretty. Thanks for the chance

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  66. That black is so striking! Would love to add these to my stash ;)

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  67. These make brilliant binding, and would look great as scrappy binding too!

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  68. The feather print does make amazing binding. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  69. Thanks for a chance to win! I'm looking for blenders lately!

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  70. I still have trouble buying for my stash. How much do you usually buy for your bindings?

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  71. Those are really nice colors!

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  72. What a great binding. Love the feather collection. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  73. I wasn't even half way through the article and thinking I have to have some of that!! Thanks for giving us a chance at winning some.

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  74. I love that yellow feathers - great binding idea! Thanks so much for the generous give-away opportunity.

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  75. Oh pretty. Would loveto use this as binding. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  76. I don't have any of these yet but they look great as bindng.

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  77. These would be a fabulous win! And the do look super as a binding.

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  78. I bought those as a christmas gift for a friend, and wanted so badly to keep them!!

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  79. Great idea! Thank you as always for lovely inspiration!

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  80. I liked those prints before I read this, but now that I see what gorgeous bindings they make I've got to stock up! Thanks for the tip and for the chance to win!

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  81. Love a diagonal print for my binding. Gives the look of bias without the fussy cutting and waste. Cindy

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  82. Great fabric! Wonder how it would look cut on the bias.

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  83. Neat and cool fabric. Thanks for showing.

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  84. Perfect choice for binding! carolann427@aol.com

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  85. Love the prints. I love it as binding. Looks awesome.

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  86. Love those sun print feathers, a great choice for binding! Thanks for the giveaway #

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  87. Great pattern and colors...thanks for the chance to win some!

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  88. That looks awesome.... I agree with you. I seldom choose a binding before I'm done a quilt. Thanks for the chance to win :-

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  89. Love these prints! You have inspired me to try new fabrics when it comes to bindings.

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  90. I love versatile prints like these! :)

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  91. I've held off on buying this waaaay too long!!

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  92. Thanks for giving us another option besides the usual suspects.

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  93. These prints are great! I just finally received Issue 9 of Love Patchwork & Quilts. It has Jo Avery's feathers quilt on the front. This fabric would be great for something like that! Thanks for the chance to win! shopgirl7232(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  94. I do love a stripey binding so these sound like a little different take on that. Thanks for the chance

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  95. I like the feather prints used as bindings. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  96. I couldn't agree more, the Feather prints make a great binding!

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  97. Love this as binding! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  98. Great suggestion! Your bindings are beautiful.

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  99. I love how they look on your quilts! I would love to win them to finish the 7 quilts i have in the works! hahahaha!

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  100. Wonderful fabric design. So versatile. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  101. I've never seen these fabrics before. Glad I stopped by to have a look at your blog. Please enter me in your giveaway as I'd love to win some. Thanks for the chance. kthurn@bektel.com

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  102. Thank you for sharing this great idea. I can imagine the Feathers would be great in other applications, as well.

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  103. Thank you for sharing this great idea. I can imagine the Feathers would be great in other applications, as well.

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  104. I would love to win this beautiful package.

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  105. WOW, what a great opportunity - thanks so much!

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  106. What an awesome binding fabric .. your bindings look great. Thanks for sharing & a chance to win! ~Patti

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  107. I also tend to leave binding choice to the end. Thanks for your idea and for the opportunity!

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  108. Fun fabric. I get a bit stressed when I have to pick out a binding fabric, who knows why. This fabric is a natural. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  109. I', currently struggling with choosing a binding for a mini quilt I have made. This fabric bundle is fabulous stash builder - thanks for the chance.

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  110. Wow! What a great choice for bindings, I would have never considered that until I just saw it. Thx for the inspiration.

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  111. Love this line! It looks so good as binding. I never would have thought of that, but now I will have to try it.

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  112. Love that fabric! I'll take a half yard of each color, please. :)

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  113. Love it! Thanks for the giveaway and opportunity to win!

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  114. Gorgeous quilts, learning so much from following you. If I win these, I'd try binding on the bias-I bet these fabrics would be stunning.

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  115. That binding looks fantastic! Never really thought to use it that way before!! Thanks for the amazing giveaway and I can't wait for your next class! My penny sampler is my favorite quilt I've made!

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  116. thanks for introducing me to a great new-to-me shop :) I love those sunprint feathers, thanks for the giveaway!

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  117. Will have to try the feathered fabric for binding, it looks terrific! Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for the giveaway!

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  118. Love the idea for binding!

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  119. Wonderful fabric...perfect choice for your binding!!

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  120. I have several projects at the binding stage and these would work for them.

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  121. I've drooled over these Sun Print Feathers for months... I would LOVE to win your FQ bundle!

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  122. I love using stripes and polka dots for bindings, and these feathers would be so cute, too! Fun to see them on your finished quilts.

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  123. Fabulous binding choice! Thank you for the chance to win

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  124. Love the feathers ~ your binding choice is a great compliment to the quilt. Thanks for sharing :)

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  125. These are great prints to add interest and to jazz up a quilt binding! I would love to win this. Thanks

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  126. Great choice and a very generous giveaway. Thank you.

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  127. I love all of the sun prints line, but I think that feathers is my favourite. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  128. Oh my I love these prints!

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  129. Wow, those bindings really pop! I love this fabric, and would bind my daughter's star sampler quilt with it in the teal. Thanks for the giveaway! sarah@forrussia.org

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  130. Great idea for binding. Pick me, pick me! : )

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  131. Great idea for binding. Pick me, pick me! : )

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  132. Those sun print feathers are awesome. I sure won't mind some of them in my stash. Thanks for offering a giveaway.

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  133. Oh, I have one FQ of the Sunprints Feathers, so a whole bundle would be nice! They do make good binding.

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  134. Love this as a binding! Great job!

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  135. I love these kinds of print for binding a quilt. One of my all time favorite is the Sundae print from Ruby by Bonnie & Camille and I was so thrilled to learn that it's included in one of their latest collection !

    Thanks for providing free fabric for one of us ;)

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  136. I love this print! I have one cut in the grey and it is beautiful. I am using it for a wedding quilt and was wishing I had some of the turquoise too!

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  137. Very cool binding! Thanks for the bundle opportunity!

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  138. Wow I love this as a binding. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  139. Love the sun prints. So versatile

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  140. Those feather prints are excellent! I would love to add them to my stash.

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  141. Great binding choice! Love the SunPrint Feathers. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  142. Want! LOL Seriously though, I agree that these are versatile prints. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  143. You're right about this being a fabulous binding. And I LOVE cuts of cotton. They have been fabulous to order from. Highly recommended from one super happy customer.

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  144. Wow. Yes! Wonderful binding choice! Thanks for sharing this.

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  145. Wow. Yes! Wonderful binding choice! Thanks for sharing this.

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  146. I love this fabric so much!!! And I would never have thought for it as a binding fabric, but it's great.

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  147. Ohh! This would be awesome to win. Thanks!

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  148. Beautiful binding! your work, as always, is gorgeous. Thanks for the give away chance.

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  149. This makes a beautiful binding...I would not have chosen that, but love it!

    cjpike (at) indiana (dot) edu

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  150. Fabulous Feathers! Gotta have them!

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  151. I'm new to the site.....drawn by the lovely feather fabric.......

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  152. Perfect choice for binding! Love. :)

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  153. Love these fabrics, and they do make for a beautiful binding!

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  154. What a great idea using it as binding! Thanks for the idea and chance to win!

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  155. That does make a great binding! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  156. Oooo! I LOVE this fabric line! So pretty! Hope I win! thanks for the chance!

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  157. I love the looks of Feathers as a binding fabric. I'd never had picked it out, but I'll be getting some now that I saw how it looks! Thanks.

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  158. Lovely binding... and thanks for the opportunity!

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  159. Oh! Thanks for the chance. Cat

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  160. It is alwYs a pleasure to read your blog. Merci

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  161. I never choose binding before finishing the quilting! It's something to deal with later... ;) but I can definitely see some feathered bindings in my future!

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  162. I'm the same way! I usually make binding out of what's left over from quilt making. Thank for the chance!

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  163. I've loved those since they came out and would REALLY love to see them in person. Thanks, and nicely done on your quilt!

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  164. I have always loved Sun Prints, but what a light bulb moment you had to use it as binding! I'd love to win some :-)

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  165. Great Giveaway!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  166. I love this collection! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  167. I agree the feathers look amazing and modern as binding!!!

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  168. I have often looked at these prints but always thought they looked quite graphic and bright so have never been sure about them but now I see them on your quilts they look amazing! Love them as bindings :) Thanks for the chance to win some!

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  169. Wow, thanks for pointing out these prints. I would love to win them!

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  170. I have been pining for these since they came out! zanalou@gmail.com

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  171. Such a fabulous bundle! I love a good binding fabric!

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  172. These feathered fabrics are BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  173. What a great fabric bundle!
    Mejayne
    Jalalonde@aol.com

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  174. I am looking forward to seeing your Pretty Potent Diamond Quilt. Hurry up good weather! We want pictures! Thank you and to Cuts of Cotton for the offer! Someone is about to be lucky!! fun fun fun

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  175. Those feathers make such a fun binding! Sweet giveaway! Thanks

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  176. Wow!! Great prize. I have been known to (ahem) purchase bundles for binding with no actual quilt in mind...(gingham and herringbone anyone?)

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  177. Love the feather print. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  178. It works great as binding! I love stash fabrics like this.

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  179. Love that feather print - it would be so versatile! Thanks for the opportunity to win some!

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  180. I have seen these fabrics IRL and they are gorgeous--- in fact I even have a project in mind for one or two.

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  181. The feathers look amazing as a binding! Thanks for this giveaway!

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  182. Love the sun print feathers! Do you bias - cut your binding?

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  183. I love these fabrics and they look fantastic as binding! Thanks for the give-away x

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  184. I've got the grey but definitely need some of the other colours in the range, thanks for the opportunity :)

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  185. I just bought a FQ bundle of feathers recently and now I wish I had bigger cuts!! Lovely bindings!

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  186. Never tried the feathers fabric, but would love to try it! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  187. Ha ha, shopping for binding. This is a great choice and thank you for giveaway.

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