I have always enjoyed the binding process when making a quilt. I have heard many quilters say they just hate it. So this week as I trimmed up my patriotic chevron quilt and made my binding I started to wonder why I enjoyed it when others do not. I know many quilters love the start of a new project, and although the thought of working with new fabric and a different design can be exciting. I have always loved the finishes more! The binding process is the time in the process where I reflect back on all the processes it took to make the quilt. The memories that I will always associate with this particular quilt. Part of it also has to do with my need for neatness. I can't say that my sewing area is pristine, and perfect. In fact there are days especially when I am piecing that fabric and thread can be found everywhere. But, when the day is done I always take a few minutes to tidy up. When I am hand quilting I love the look of my quilt being framed by the hoop. So lovely! But those raw edges with batting and uneven fabric with bits of thread is just so annoying. I know some quilters will wrap the backing around to cover the exposed batting, but I am generally too excited to put in some stitches to take the time to do that So, when it is time to bind and cut off the ugliness, it is a time to rejoice and and prepare for another wonderful finish! So that binding is like the beautiful ribbon on a package. It needs to have just as much effort put into it as the rest of the quilt.
I remember my first binding. I wrapped the backing around to the front of the quilt. Boy, I had no idea what I was doing then. Look at this corner!
Now I only use bias binding as it lays so nicely. I have gone over the years from starting with a two and half inch strip down to a two inch strips for my binding. A nice thin binding that is full just looks so much nicer to my eye. No more ugly corners, but neat and tidy miters that don't distract the eye, but frame the quilt nicely. So while starting a new quilt is exciting for some, I really prefer the finishes! It is a time to rejoice over another successful quilt!