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Thread: What do you like about binding?

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    What do you like about binding?

    I am trying to find my nitch in binding. Me and binding don't go together. There isn't one aspect of it I like except the end result, when it's finished. So, if you will share with me what you like about binding, maybe it will get me to start binding. I have so many quilts to bind and no drive to do any of them. I want to start a new quilt, but I really need to bind these first. I want to like to bind really badly!
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    Its the finishing touch. I like putting the binding on my quilts, its done now and I don't have to feel guilty about starting another one.

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    I love the binding stage 'cos it means the quilt is finished. I find sewing on binding really relaxing (especially when accompanied by a glass of red! I always add the binding to the front of the quilt by machine and then relax and hand sew to the back. Go for it and when you see all your lovely finished quilts, you'll be hooked.
    So much quilting, so little time!

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    Like you, binding is not my favorite part of quilting, even though it means success. I am lazy, so I very often will purchase packaged binding, sew by machine on the back, then fold over, pin, and topstitch on the front by machine with a decorative stitch. I usually will buy extra wide double fold bias tape, rather than actual quilt binding. I find it gives me a smoother finish. It also comes in a wider assortment of colors. I will make my own when I cannot find a suitable match, and I am rather picky there.

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    I agree with katei, the hand sewing is soooo relaxing. I like to save it for the evenings when my hubby is home, to work on it while watching the news or whatever. I like pulling the pins and seeing how much progress I have made, I know, kinda silly. Use a pretty piece of fabric to bind, then seeing that narrow strip of lovely fabric all neatly stitched and tacked down, just finishes it off so nicely.
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    When I decided to pay a LA, I pay for the binding also!

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    My favorite thing about binding is watching old movies. I line up a few in Netflix, set up a comfy corner on the couch, with my needles, thread, scissors, and a glass of wine on the end table, and go to town. I have a sip of wine every time I start a new thread. I have a grand ol' time binding. *hic*.
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    I dont like binding either but I put my quilt by my chairthat I sit at with all of my thread and threader and I get it dont when I look at it and dont even realise it.

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    Yes, mine too. I sew the back by hand, in the livingroom with the family. I find it enjoyable and such a comfort to see the quilt finally finished. Send me your quilts, I will bind them for you. Love to do hand work. But I also do it the easy way. I cut my binding on the straight of grain not on the bias. That's the part I don't like, joining the ends.
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    I've always enjoyed the binding process. It's completing the last design element on the quilt. I machine sew the binding to the front and hand stitch to the back. I usually sit on the couch (feet up, of course), pop in a movie, have iced tea and a snack nearby and immerse myself in hand stitching for several hours at a time. It's a very calming and peaceful time for me.

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