I finally finished tying my cousin David’s quilt on Monday or Tuesday. I know a lot of people think that tying quilts is great and it’s an old fashioned, traditional way to do it, but what a pain! Thank goodness it’s finished! If any of my family are reading this, he still won’t get it until after the quilt show the end of April. It’s all I have to show, so it has to go. Sorry, David.
After I basked in the satisfaction of having that part done I started on the binding. That didn’t take long at all, I got about two inches done and got to a corner and had to call it quits. I couldn’t remember how to make the pretty corners! I tromped over to my friend’s house, quilt in hand to see if we could figure it out together. She dug out her handy dandy Reader’s Digest Guide to Sewing. We found the section on binding quilts and between the two of us and a few pins we thought we had it figured out. She sent me home with the book and the page bookmarked just in case I needed a reminder later.
It was pretty late for me when I got home so I put everything aside until the next day. The next day, I went down to my sewing room, anxious to finish, and looked at our pins and the pictures just to review. As I was moving stuff around I noticed my Reader’s Digest Guide to Needlework book and did the V8 head smack.
I looked inside just to be sure and there it was. The same exact methods for binding quilts as in her book. I had to laugh at myself. I still wasn’t 100% convinced that I had it right after trying it out on one corner so I went upstairs for a while. I was browsing through Pinterest when I found a video by Missouri Star Quilt Company on how to bind a quilt on a machine. I couldn’t believe my luck!
After watching the video, I realized that we were close, but I wasn’t doing it exactly right. The books weren’t wrong, I just misunderstood. I am a much better learner when I can see and do at the same time. Last night, I went downstairs and put the binding on the quilt, but only on one side. I still have to pin the other side down and hand sew it on. Actually, I’m still debating hand sewing or topstitching. Who knows what I’ll decide!
I thought it was funny that I went over to her house and borrowed a book, when I had everything I needed here. I think I just like the comfort of having another person around to encourage me. Thanks, Karen!
Hopefully, my next post will include a picture of the finished product!
Happy Sewing! and learn something new today!
P.S. March 16 is Worldwide Quilting Day! So get out and visit a quilt shop, many of them have specials, or start a new project, or finish an old one, or encourage someone you know to try quilting! Whatever you do have fun with it! You can click the link above or I have a badge in the sidebar that you can click for their website and more information.