Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The First EVER Bind-A-Long!

Question: What's wrong with this picture?
Answer: Nothing is wrong with the picture itself, the problem is that it depicts 6 quilts that aren't yet bound! 6? How did I get this deep in? I think it's time to get to binding.

Has anyone ever done a Bind-A-Long? It would be like a Quilt-A-Long but instead of piecing the quilt top together, we'd be binding the quilt. Probably never been done. Mostly because it seems silly. Really, how much fun is binding a quilt? Putting a quilt top together is one thing, but the binding? I usually loathe it- hence the 6 quilts not bound. And that's why I'm going tobe hosting a bind-a-long! No special buttons to put on your blog, no signing up- just bind with us! Get out that quilt that needs to be bound and get it done! Whether you're an experienced quilter or a beginner, it will be encouraging to know that there's a group of ladies working on the same thing you are.
2 of the above quilts have been sitting on my dresser for over 6 months! Do any of you have a quilt like that? Or do you have a quilt that you're just finishing up? Maybe it's your first quilt and you don't know how to do a binding. Help is on the way! Along with the bind-a-long, I'll be posting a tutorial on how to bind a quilt. We'll take it in steps so that you can follow along and bind your quilt with us.

In the next few days I'll be making the binding for one of my quilts (I'm going to start with my largest) and then I'll post the instructions on how to make your own. From there we'll move to attaching the binding to your quilt, and finishing the binding by hand sewing it to the back. I'll give you some alternative methods for binding too in case you'd rather use your machine for the entire project instead of sewing part by hand.

So join in on the fun. Who's with me?

13 comments:

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

Sounds a bit like my desk project - totally avoided it for ages! But oh, how good it feels to get it done!

Farmhouse Blessings said...

See a post from you always makes me happy! Is there a way I can get your posts via email so I don't miss one?

Wishing you happiness today!

Mountain Home Quilts said...

I added that option for you on the left hand tool bar! :) Enjoy!

Nicole said...

YAY!! Heather what a fun Idea!! So of course you know I'm new to quilting so I have absolutely no Idea what I'm doing. BUT I DO know that binding sounds like no fun at all! I'm not there yet, I still have to finish my back and I'm mitering the borders so I have to finish that. Then it gets sent in the mail to Bryce's grandma who will then quilt the design with her long arm :). So all your advice will be so helpful, thanks for taking the time!

Christa said...

I'll be long arming a quilt tomorrow and it will be ready for a binding. Count me in.

Mountain Home Quilts said...

Nicole,
I'll have all the steps posted on how to do a binding so when your quilt is ready you can just refer back to the posts. Can't wait to see how Bryce's quilt turns out!

teekaroo said...

I've got one ready to be quilted and it's sitting on a trunk in my bedroom, just waiting...

Connie said...

YEP! I have some quilts need to be bound also, I need to match fabric for binding, maybe i will get into it sometime. Happy sewing! or should i say HAPPY BINDING!!!!!!!!

Meg said...

I wish I could join, but binding is actually one of my very favorite parts! (Sashing, borders and basting, however, can go pound salt.) I'd be happy to pitch in and help with your pile, however--it's cold here, and I love curling up on the couch with a lap-full of quilt and stitching as I watch a movie.

Alisa said...

Cute idea! I don't mind binding the quilt. I usually get to it right away. I might finish up a quilt though so I can bind along with your. :-)

Leslie said...

fun...i hope that i have Delilah's new quilt quilted in time to bind along with you

Laura of Harvest Lane said...

I say GOOD FOR YOU!
I wish I had something to bind.
I just haven't pieced anything for awhile. ~frown~

Life keeps me busy.
I'll get back to it one of these days. For now, I'll enjoy the writings and photos from you lovely quilting ladies!

Laura

Deb said...

I'm almost ready to bind. If I get a quilt to the binding stage, I usually bind it right away. It's that stage before binding and after finishing the quilt top that does me in....sandwiching. I'm waiting for a warmer day (hopefully Friday) to lay the backing, etc., out on the deck so I can pin. So shortly I can join you. Thanks for the tutorials.

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