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This month has been devoted to binding. I have about seven quilts sadly sitting about waiting for me to bind them! Some of them have been waiting for over a year! When I look at them all I can think is...So close, yet so far. So this month I dedicated my extra time to choosing fabric, cutting strips, sewing them, ironing them and finally getting them onto the quilts. I have completed 2 so far, but my swoon quilt (red and white pictured on my blog) which turned out so incredible is sitting in a plastic bag...waiting. ::sigh:: that one is soooo big! Not sure i will get to that one this month...but for sure in January! I have to say there is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment when that last stitch in the binding is done! And I have to confess my victory dance usually involves jumping up to throw my arms in the air shouting "SCORE" !! Anyone else have a "closing" ritual? LOL

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Comment by Mary/ Tewksbury MA on December 17, 2013 at 4:17am

I too have a tendency to procrastinate when it comes to bindings.  To me it's not fun and relaxing, it's a necessary chore.  Tried different methods but I like the look of hand stitching better than sewing on both sides with the machine.  After I get my quilt all quilted I keep it on my sewing table until it's finished.  Always in plain sight, have to physically move it to do any sewing.  If it makes it into the closet I'm doomed!  Usually I get tried of looking at it so I do the binding so I can move on to something more enjoyable.  I always get a feeling of major accomplishment once I complete the quilt but getting there isn't always a good time!! LOL

Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on December 16, 2013 at 7:26pm

I have several of my very first quilts EVER, from the late 70"s, still not bound.  We use them all the time so I decided one year, sometime around the mid 80's to serge the edge so I did.  To this day they are still not bound.  So, I would say I was one that didn't like to bind quilts...that was before I realized that you don't have to do them by hand.  That's what those expensive sewing machines are for, right?  So now I actually like doing the binding.  Now I'm wishing I had a victory dance too.  Will have to work on that one.  Happy you are getting your UFO's DONE.

Comment by Pam/NY on December 16, 2013 at 4:49pm

I also like to sew the binding...means the end is near and you can enjoy the finished product! You're all set if you're watching sports!

Comment by Janet/MO on December 16, 2013 at 4:25pm

I too enjoy binding.  Not the sewing it to the quilt by machine part so much, but I love the hand stitching down on the back part.  I love your swoon quilt.  Just tell yourself how nice it will be to have it all finished so you can enjoy it and before you know it you will be putting the last stitch in.

Comment by Prairie Quilter/NE on December 16, 2013 at 2:45pm

Stitching down the binding is one of my FAVORITE things about quilting.  It is very satisfying and soothing.  I also like the feeling of accomplishment when the last stitch is done.  

I love your closing ritual - I'll have to work on one.  ;)  

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