Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I love quilt binding!

I never dreamed that one of my favorite things about quilt making would be making the binding. (the outer edge piece that 'seals' up the whole quilt) I learned to make binding from Debbie J. at Homemaking Dreams. Click on the link for her excellent tutorial!

The few quilts I have made in the past, I just brought over the backing to the front, to make a fake binding. Through the years, I have found out that this type of binding does not hold up very well!  (maybe if I had made it differently with a double fold... mine was only a single fold over the edge) My son's sailboat quilt, that I made when he was a little boy, is proof that my single fold fake binding doesn't hold up very well. The quilt, itself, is still in good condition, but the edges are really frayed. It's in my stack of 'things to do'... to bring it back to life with some real quilt binding!
I've been making binding this morning to finish my daughter's lap sized quilt that I started for her as a birthday gift. Well, her birthday was in March.... I will have it completed by tonight. (?) Maybe!

Debbie J. has another blog that is dedicated to her quilting: Angel Scraps Quilting. Check her out and tell her I sent you!
Tomorrow I will receive my first partner for the new swapping group I recently joined. I am very excited to start participating in this swap. You can find the details and the blog here:  Swap Block Adventure.  It's a fun place to see all the blocks.
*Debbie: thanks for the blog tutorial; I didn't have to use it quite as much this time, which means I'm starting to remember how to make binding without the tutorial.  However, do not EVER remove this post.  Also, photo credit:  this is Debbie's picture used above... remember I am camera-less this week*


Debbie J said...

You are too sweet to blog about the binding tutorial! Thanks!

I finally got to where I don't have to look at the binding tutorial myself!

Thanks again PenPen.

Melissa said...

Thanks for the link!! And you will enjoy the swap. I sure do!

ancient one said...

At least you are getting something accomplished. Margaret brought me a book to read, so I might get something accomplished too! :)

I finished your cold cream and hot flashes book. Carol has said she wants it next.

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Very pretty!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Good for you, I don't know a thing about quilting. Enjoy your swap!

GardenofDaisies said...

I love the piecing part. Binding, not so much. Have a great time with your swap!!