Some of you followed along as I made my first quilt for my soon to be born nephew. I finished my quilt top and was quite triumphant. I felt like I had conquered the Mt. Everest of quilting. My quilt was the shape and size it was supposed to be. I didn't have any major boo-boo's along the way. No tears were shed from needle pokes or out of frustration.
But how did I get from this point (Just the finished quilt top)...
To this point (It's actually finished!)...
The process between point A and point B included a lot of needle sticks, frustration, and seam ripping. I elected to hand bind my quilt. By the last stitch, I decided I was never hand binding again.
Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with hand binding. In fact, I applaud the quilters who have the patience and the needle skill to hand bind a quilt. It's a time consuming process. And for someone with no experience in sewing...well, it was nearly a disaster.
My stitching was uneven. Sometimes there were huge gaps, and other times, the stitches nearly overlapped. My binding had a wave-like edge instead of being a straight line. I took one look at the edge I had completed and burst into tears. I had this pieced quilt I was so proud of, but the binding was a glaring sore that took away from the beauty of the quilt.
I'm going to be 100% honest with you all. I had my mother "assist" me with the binding. And by assist, I mean she basically bound the quilt for me. The end result was beautiful. When I gave the quilt to my sister and brother-in-law for Christmas, I had to break the news that not all of the work was done by me. I hated to admit that.
Now that I've had the experience of making a first quilt, I want to make a second one for myself. But I just can't hand bind it again.
Unknown to me, until a few days ago, there is a second method of binding. Machine binding! I don't know a single thing about machine binding (remember, I'm still a baby in the quilt world), but I want to give it a try. I'm willing to try anything if it means I can say I did every single stitch on a quilt.
On February 17th, I'm joining in on the webinar, Machine Quilt Binding Made Easy. For one hour, Jenny from Jenny Kae Quilts will be teaching her most sought after method-machine binding. I have no doubt that after this webinar I can make perfect corners, straight binding and put a beautiful finish on my future quilts.
I am a firm believer in finding a method that works for you in every sector of your life. I loved the experience of making a quilt, but I don't want to let my frustrations with hand binding end my quilt journey. So if machine binding is the method that reinstates my new found love for quilting, then I'm all for it! Just look at this beautiful binding. It was done by machine!
If you're a hand binder and love this method, more power to you! But if you're struggling with your binding, or have always been curious about machine binding, I would highly suggest this webinar in February. There is no shame in machine binding!
Oh, and look at the final finishing touch to my quilt-the quilt label!