Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Binding....it's gotta be done.

I have to admit that binding is my least favorite part of making a quilt. I've probably made that confession many times. I guess the good news is that I'm getting better at sticking with it until the quilt is complete, lable and all. Below are a couple of wall hangings (I can never remember if that's one word or two) that I finished the bindings on last night.

This fall wall hanging has been quilted since last September. It has also had the binding sewn on since then. For some reason I've got it in my mind that I had a piece of fabric all ready to attach for a sleeve on the back. After all this time I've given up looking for it and just decided to get the hand stitching done. You know that tomorrow I'm going to walk into my sewing room and find that hanging sleeve fabric sitting in the middle of the table!


I stitched this wall hanging together last week and started quilting it. Wouldn't you know...as I was quilting the LAST bow tie I ran out of bobbin. No problem, I'll wind another one. No such luck! The bobbin winder on my machine had stopped working without any previous hint that it was sick. Grrrrr..... I took my machine in to have it repaired only to find out it will take TWO WEEKS to get it back. You might think that people who repair sewing machines for a living would realize that I can't live without my machine for two weeks. Good thing I have a back up (or two, or three). I think the bow ties will make a nice Father's Day gift.

12 comments:

  1. The litle bow tie quilt is charming!

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  2. perfect gift, and thank goodness for back up machines...

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  3. Lovely pair of quilts - you are right, the bow ties would make a lovely father's day gift!

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  4. Congrats on the finishing - both are very nice little quilts. Bow ties for Father's Day is a great idea. Don't worry about the sleeve - if you don't find it by next fall just tack it up with a few big yellow headed quilting pins! (Can you tell that happens at my house a lot?)

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  5. Kairle, I can commisserate with you on that sewing machine business being gone for so long---mine was out of commission for 5 weeks. Aren't bowtie quilts fun?

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  6. nice quilts and good job getting them done. But I'm the opposite of you, bindings are my favorite thing to do! Some say it's because I know I'm close to finishing, and that may be true, but I do like to do them. We could swap, I'll do your bindings if you'll do my borders. I hate putting on borders!

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  7. Cute wall hangings - both of them. Really - who can do without our machines for 2 weeks??

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  8. Hi Karile, sorry it's taken me so long to get over here..I should just click on the name the first time I see it..*VBS* Anyway, I'll be back to read more. I love the autumn wallhanging you've just finished..it's beautiful! And your bowties are, indeed, really neat and will make a great father's day gift.
    Read about Wilma...I'm still chuckling..I don't have a problem with spiders, but a black widow?? ALtho I can understand the fascination with feeding her.. Great quilts on your blog and way to go on UFO's..I gotta get busy !

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  9. Really gorgeous quilts! I love doing the bindings. It's always a let-down for me when I'm finished.

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  10. Nice wall hangings. Binding is also my least favorite part. It isn't that I don't like it but I just would rather be making something new.

    Judy

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  11. Love the quilts! They are awesome!
    Laurie

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  12. Great quilts, Kairle -- I like doing the little ones too -- instant gratification!

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