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Tomorrow’s National Quilting Day! I have some small quilt finishing to do, so I’ll be doing a bit of binding to celebrate tomorrow.
Do you like hand-sewing your bindings? After you’ve worked for weeks and are nearing the finish line, do you like to sit for an hour or more and hand-stitch your quilt binding? If you are anything like me, you want to finish the quilt already with a nice, quick binding attached entirely by machine in a fraction of the time. Which is great for quilts that are going to be used. However, if you want a show piece quilt with prize-winning potential, it seems like hand sewing your binding is the only choice.
But I’m not making those quilts. Not yet, anyway. Binding a quilt is necessary, however it’s done. What I usually do is stitch my binding by machine to the front of the quilt which is pretty standard practice. I then flip it over and and clip it in place with these handy new clips from Clover called Jumbo Wonder Clips. They are a nice alternative to pins with which I used to always poke myself and lose in the mass of my quilt (For a chance to win some Wonder Clips of your own, keep reading!). Instead of hand sewing the fold, I stitch in the ditch from the front, making sure to catch the fold on the back. It ends up looking like this.
Which is fine. Sometimes the fold doesn’t get caught in the stitching, but using the clips as opposed to pins can help with that. And practice. Anyway, while there is nothing wrong with this technique, I thought I might be able to have a little more fun with it. So I tried out some of the great decorative stitches to see if that would add a nice touch to my binding. Some of them look really cool! You can get an idea of the different options that you could try below.
Looking good, right? I like the extra interest that the fancy stitches add, and they certainly secure that back fold. This was just a test, but I plan to use a technique like this on a quilt binding in the future. Another look I especially liked is below.
Am I the only one who thinks that satin stitch with variegated thread looks amazing? It is such a nice touch and a cool way to further incorporate the colors of your quilt. This is another look I can’t wait to try on a quilt soon. And talk about securely attached – that binding isn’t going anywhere.
Anyhow, as I was saying before I got distracted by all the pretty stitches, my new favorite alternative to pinning the binding in place is using the Wonder Clips from Clover. They don’t poke you or fall off, keep your binding exactly where you want it, and they even have measurement marks on the clip. Very, very handy. That’s why we want to share them with you!
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If you’d like a chance to find out for yourself just how handy the Clover Jumbo Wonder Clips are, leave a comment below before 11:59 P.M., Sunday, March 17th, Mountain Time for a chance to win a pack of 24 clips. One comment per person, please. Open to those who have not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. And have a wonderful National Quilting day!