Thursday, June 19, 2014

Necessity is the Mother...

...of invention.  Are you listening...I am about to step onto my soap box...so leave now before you are hooked into listening to me :).  For as long as I can remember Cakers (Fabric Stalker) has attached her binding by machine.  NOT Really....REALLY!  She has quietly been preaching the benefits of binding attached by machine.  But, binding snobs...like myself wouldn't dream of attaching a binding by machine.  OMG...what has the quilting world coming too...next there will be pre-cut applique pieces!!!  Oh yeah...there are now pre-cut applique pieces.  

Now hear me out....at least 80% of my projects are hand work. I don't need a gazillion more hours of hand work in the form of binding (said with a wine...I mean whine)...so why am I hell bent on attaching my binding by hand??? Am I nuts?!  Yes, I will still hand bind my "heirloom" type quilts but...baby quilts, graduation quilts, bed quilts...that will get used and laundered over and over...the ones that are machine quilted?!  why be snobby about the binding???

Yes, Cakers...you are right there is no going back now!

I finished my Bridgetown quilt and it was quilted by Kim over at QuiltWorks.  Due to time constraints and knowing this quilt is going to be used and abused and loved I decided to....drum roll....bind by machine! It took me exactly 1 hours to attach the binding on this queen sized quilt!  1 HOUR!!!  Sweet!!!


One of the challenges of binding by machine is catching the binding on the back when you are sewing on the front.  So I developed my own technique of attaching the binding on the back and bringing it to the front!!!  Some would say that they don't like the thread line showing on the front...but, when a quilt it machine quilted it really doesn't matter.  If it really bugged you then use the blind hem stitch to tack it down.  First and foremost to using my technique you must trim the layers of the back, batting and front all the same.  That way it is a no brainer in attaching the binding to the back...just line up all the raw edges.  Yep, I am forever more going to attach binding by machine for my utilitarian quilts!

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