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    Almost started binding

    I do not like to bind. I mean, I dislike binding very much. I have stated that I have 9 quilts that I need to bind. That's how much I dislike binding.

    Well, I finally cut out all the 2 1/2" strips, sewed them together and today I ironed them in half. Yes, I iron them in half still. Well, I had time left, so I sat down at my sewing machine with my quilt and binding and my machine was turned on and I had the binding laying right next to the edge of the quilt and was just ready to start sewing it and the phone rang. My daughter was walking home from work and wanted to talk on her walk home. After 1/2 hours, I got up and started back in the sewing room and the phone rang again. This time it was my husband saying he was in town, home from work. Well, time for dinner.

    I came sooooooo close to sewing the binding on my quilt today. I have been battling doing the binding for 2 months and haven't had the desire to do it until today and then right when I was ready, I was stopped. So, let's see if tomorrow I will get the chance to actually sew the binding on my quilt. I'm just telling myself I only have to bind one quilt and then I can sew something. Before I said I couldn't do anything else but bind all 9 quilts and I haven't sewn in forever. I'll let you know if I get a chance and the ambition to sew the binding on tomorrow. I hope I have the desire still tomorrow.
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    You sound like me before I was led to Sharon Schambers glue method. I cant say it is faster but sure is easier to handle and great results. You can see her videos on youtube

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    oh good grief! i just want to snatch it out of your hand and do it for you ;-) ain't no big deal. I'd bind all day just to get out of house work ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    oh good grief! i just want to snatch it out of your hand and do it for you ;-) ain't no big deal. I'd bind all day just to get out of house work ;-)
    You are funny DebraK!!! You can do it Jeanne! Just re-read your signature line! And remember: You don't have to like everything involved with making a quilt! You can give binding the "ole college try" and if it is something that really makes you unhappy, don't do it! You have already employed other options; there is no reason why you can't continue using those avenues. I'm afraid if you keep focusing on this task that causes you so much strife that you will begin to let it affect the other parts of quilting that you enjoy. Some quilters only like to piece a top, others like to quilt them and bind them. Big companies outsource tasks all the time; why should it be any different for us quilters???
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    You got your binding pressed. That's progress. I'll bet you get started sewing it on tomorrow. Best wishes! Remember that once you get the binding on that quilt you can work on something fun. Just think about how beautiful your finished quilt will look with your binding. You can do it!

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    jcrow...I took the time to watch Sharon Schambers Elmers school glue method..I just finished a baby quilt using this method of binding...I love the control you have with starched bindings, the glue, etc. I did have to watch sewing the ending method a few times to get it, but it turned out great...got out a tv tray in front of the computer, and had the binding facing the same way as the video...OK I'm fairly new at all this..I used glue along the seam on the back, turned the binding and sewed in the ditch from the front...My miters were beautiful. The only thing I'd do differently is really press that binding on the front. She suggests pressing from the back...I hope you take a look at it and see what you think....

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    Too bad you are so far away. We could swap unfinished projects and do the part the other one doesn't enjoy. LOL
    I don't like to sew blocks together. I have a Civil War quilt that the blocks ended up different sizes. They are large blocks and I enjoyed making them but when I started joining sashing and corner blocks, they didn't match up. This was a quilt that I decided to make extra blocks after I had put away the original templates. The end result was that the extras were a bit larger. I have put this aside to complete another quilt and now will have to pick this up and rip out some seams and probably trim down some of the larger blocks so they are all the same size.
    I learned a lesson here, though. The ones I am joining now have been measured and remeasured so that the seams meet up. My favorite part of quilting is making the blocks and then doing the hand quilting.
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    thanks for seeing the funny, AuntP ;-)

    jcrow, one day you will look back and wonder why this was ever a problem. I just know it. i do.
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    Binding is one of my favorite things to do, just keep sewing until it is all on. I don't pin except for the 1/4 mark at the corners. Then the relaxing part of hand sewing it down. Binding to me means the quilt will be finished.
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    I LOVE TO BIND...its so relaxing.
    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    oh good grief! i just want to snatch it out of your hand and do it for you ;-) ain't no big deal. I'd bind all day just to get out of house work ;-)
    SUEB

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    I can understand the delay in getting around to binding.

    I am very proud of myself at the moment - I finally got the bindings on four items this past week! A king size quilt, two king size pillow shams, and a baby quilt.

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    I think there should be a badge for effort there ;-)
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    I feel for ya I have two right now that I have to bind and a third one fixing to be ready to bind,
    it's not that I hate doing it it's that I'm just so slow at getting around to doing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    oh good grief! i just want to snatch it out of your hand and do it for you ;-) ain't no big deal. I'd bind all day just to get out of house work ;-)
    I so totally agree.

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    I see binding a quilt the same thing as putting a hem on a dress I make. It finishes the project and then you have a feeling of accomplisment. I do sew the binding to the front and then do the hand work while watching TV or a movie with the DH in the evenings (or when he is watching sports-I can get more of the sewing done because I don't have to pay as much attention to them.)

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    Hi Jeanne,

    Do you know any other quilters? Maybe you could trade quilt chores, they would do your bindings and you would do something quilty for them that they like to do.
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    I enjoy doing the binding, like some of you, good excuse to avoid housework! Binding is something to do in the evenings while watching TV. If I don't keep my hands busy, I fall asleep. I almost never see the end of movies.
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    I think we should start a "Binding Procrasters Club". Sounds like there would be a lot of charter members from this board group, and I would be one of the first to join

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK View Post
    oh good grief! i just want to snatch it out of your hand and do it for you ;-) ain't no big deal. I'd bind all day just to get out of house work ;-)
    Amen! I also use the Sharon Shamber's method. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE
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