In a Bind!

I’ve got a few, well more than a few, quilting projects that are all done except for binding and labeling.  Planning, purchasing and piecing are my favorite aspects of quilting.  Not binding.  But I decided before I start a new project (i.e., Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along) I should finish at least one of these.  So this morning I’m working on binding Mexican Stars:

I also need to bind, label and make a sleeve for a quilt that will be in the Trinity Valley Quilt Show in September.  It is an Ocean Waves pattern I called “Deja Vu”:

But I’ve got tons of time before that needs completing!  Also tons of time before this Christmas Tree skirt will be on display:

Last Christmas it sat under the tree without either quilting or binding!  It looked just fine 🙂

There are certainly many more UFOs lurking, but if I can get just one completed, then I will be ready to move on – Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along here I come!

Have a great day!

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7 thoughts on “In a Bind!

  1. Just stopped by from Quilting Bloggers to enjoy your blog while trying to beat the heat. Your quilts are quite lovely, as well as your other sewing projects. The Superman cape is adorable.
    best, nadia

  2. I have been tackling UFO’s over the summer, as well. I hate binding, too, and at times (and this is sad to say), the label takes me as long to design as the quilt top! Your quilts are beautiful!!

    • Thanks so much! I have a lot to learn! For labels I usually use the monogram feature on my sewing machine (a Janome 6500) to create a square of fabric with the quilt name, my name and date. If it is a special occasion, like Grandpa Joe’s Bow Tie quilt, I’ll also include a note about that. Then I applique it on the back of the quilt.

    • Molly: Thanks! I have lots of tips for first tierms First of all, make sure you invest in a rotary cutter and good cutting mat – it is important to be exact with your cuts! Secondly, 1/4″ seam allowances are important so that the seams of your block will line up when you start piecing them together…there are some great sewing machine “feet” which have a cheater piece on them so that you can sew a straight 1/4″ seam – you should use a scrap and stitch a line, then measure the seam from the edge to be sure your needle is in the correct position…then stitch away!!! Lastly, pressing your seams to one side (rather than open) will make your seams stronger. Pressing is different than ironing – you want to be careful that you simple press down, then lift and move the iron because fabric stretches. If you take your time and press each seam before piecing blocks together, they will fit nice and smooth together. Good luck – hope you’ll share your efforts!!

  3. Just discovered your blog on the Flickr “Blog Roll” at the Civil War Quilt group. You have some lovely quilts. I’m a weird bird — I love to hand sew binding. Once I get going on it it’s hard to stop! I sew with a Janome as well, a 4800 QE.

    I look forward to reading more of your blog entries.

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