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Well, I tried to harness and saddle my sewing chair yesterday while the energy level was good and the sun put a trance on that darn chair.  I'd forgotten how easily "unclogged" wheels roll around and my new chair is sure a slipper sucker.  I'd be willing to challenge you to a chair race now, before those wheels load up again with my wayward floor threads and then I'll be back in the slow rollers club once again. 

Anyway, I got a burst of energy yesterday and decided to sew the binding on a Hunter Star quilt from at least 10+ yrs ago.  It took 12 strips of binding, (note to self:  more than 6 or 7 is probably going to be a bugger to manhandle) which I think means it was about a queen size.  It was made so many years ago I don't remember and right now too lazy to measure it.....luckily I had the strips cut and with the quilt top or I would have been in deep do-do hard pressed to try and find matching fabric in my non existing minimal stash of navy,(I did find 2 fat quarters). It's crazy how navy's change over the years....Well, anyway, after a little sewing, taking a break, sewing, nap, sewing, eating, I finally got that darn thing bound.  Now it's in a box to be mailed to my mother in North Carolina so that she can do the hand sewing portion of the binding. ( I need to find things to keep her busy so that she doesn't get depressed and starts to feel sorry for herself.  She actually has a lot to be thankful for but just doesn't see it.) 

So, lesson here, and I'd forgotten I used to do this;   if you're like me and only REALLY enjoy the piecing and know darn well your top will be put on the shelf to be quilted years later, be sure to buy and maybe even cut your binding at the time you make your top and store them together...  Especially if you want it all to match....no big deal on our scrappy quilts.... right?  Well, hope you have a glorious day....I hope to do some more sewing today, but much smaller subjects at this time.

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Comment by Boo on February 3, 2013 at 11:31pm

Love your Hunter's star, Debbie.  My list of quilts for this year include a 2 color quilt.  In all the years I have been quilting, no 2 color in the collection.  I have been collecting blues for a winding ways, and reds for another star type quilt.

Comment by Janet/MO on February 1, 2013 at 2:02pm

I love your Hunter's Star quilt Debbie.  That design is on my "to do list", which seems to keep getting longer instead of shorter!  Huuumm, wonder how that happens?!  LOL   I am one of those weird people who actually enjoys the handwork part of binding.  I'm not overly crazy about the sewing machine part especially on large quilts though.  I just find it relaxing to sit and hand stitch down the back. 

Comment by Stephanie G. Benson-Greer on January 31, 2013 at 9:38pm

I'll bring the chocolate!  And my chair, I challenge you to a race Ms. Debbie!  Glad you are feeling better and the quilt is beautiful!

Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on January 31, 2013 at 7:29pm

Debbie the quilt is gorgeous and glad you were feeling up to binding it!!  I have one now to bind, and it will be a real challenge.  It is a Glorious 9-patch and I do not know how to bind it.  I think I will go down to the local quilt store and see if I can get one of the ladies to bind it for me. I don't want to mess it up.

You have been in my prayers and thoughts. I have been reading a series of books and each time I finish one I think of you.  I noticed in one of your blogs you had a Debbie McComber book you were taking to the hospital with you.  I like her!! These books are about "Grace Chapel Inn", three sisters who turned their fathers home into a bed and breakfast after he passed away.  It is about their antics and lives as they live together and bond more closely.  Thought if you were interested I would get you started with a few.  These may not be your cup of tea but I am really enjoying them.  you can let me know.  Hugs to you Debbie and glad you are feeling better.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on January 31, 2013 at 6:54pm

I can just see your mom getting all these quilts ready for the binding to be sewn down! LOLOL

So... it's movies and popcorn; sewing chair races; and more at Debbie's house.  Sounds like fun. I'll be there!

Comment by Sharon Reeves on January 31, 2013 at 6:42pm

Glad to hear that you are in the saddle again and riding the range. Good thinking about storing the binding with the quilt. I hope to see you on here a little more now, that you are feeling better and with this energy boost. Hugs to you!!!!!

Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on January 31, 2013 at 6:05pm

OMG!  Ladies, she would kill me if we loaded her up with quilts.  This is to be a Christmas gift...maybe it'll be done and maybe it wont.  We'll see☺

Comment by Patricia, VA on January 31, 2013 at 4:51pm

So glad to see you are back sewing, the quilt is beautiful.  I think all of us could really keep your Mom busy, gotta send us her address. LOL.   Prayers and hugs to you

Comment by Trudy/WI on January 31, 2013 at 4:17pm

I just had another thought; maybe on your bigger projects you could trade the task of applying the binding on the front with somebody who dislikes a different task you might enjoy more?  Then you can send if off to your mom and everybody wins!

Comment by Trudy/WI on January 31, 2013 at 4:15pm

Binding is one of my favorite parts, but I agree that there is nothing nicer than coming back to an old project and having it all prepped and ready to go.  Once I actually did, I even cut out the number of strips the project called for.  Five years later I am all ready to work on it and am putting the binding on and it is about 10" too short!  Being the trusting person I am, I assumed the directions wouldn't be wrong, so imagine my disappointment when I had to take it all off and make new binding with something that wasn't the perfect match like I had.

I am so happy that you had enough energy and stamina to tackle it!  It must've felt really good to do something to get you back in the swing of things again.  Glad to hear you're getting better!

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