Did Some Quilting

Baking/cooking, Handful of Scraps, Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier, scrap quilts

I actually got myself going yesterday and did a little sewing.  I was starting to think I was coming down with something for a couple days this week but I think after taking two days off of working outside that it had just been the extra physical exercise that had gotten to me LOL – it really tells me that I am out of shape and when the weather gets less humid I need to do more outside – nothing can replace just regular outside work for exercise in mind – fitness centers do not do it for me.  I exercise but I do not work up a sweat like I do with outside work and I use more muscles.

I got the burgundy color hexie flower attached to Handful of Scraps.


A half of a border on the baby quilt binding was stitched


Some blueberry muffins made for this mornings breakfast – I like to make a dozen or two and put them in the freezer.


A new project is being looked over and fabric measured to see if there is enough – more on that later.


More quilting on the Final Frontier from Tuesday night.  I am linking to My Quilt Infatuation today also linking to Audrey’s Quilty Folk where the circles all began.  I am now about a fourth of the way through quilting this queen size quilt that all started from Audrey encouraging up us to make one circle a day – well I could not make one circle a day – I briefly tried and then I was making more like 10-20 circles one day a week instead.



Now I am wondering if I am the only one to notice more and more tutorials coming out on how to machine stitching binding complete by machine.  Now all my years as a quilter it has always been stressed so much that you do your machine stitching and then hand stitching to the back and that was the only way you were going to win a prize or ribbon or whatever – that machine stitching binding the whole way was not the way to go.  Now all the new things going on in quilting with the “modern” era it seems machine stitching binding is in fashion – is this only on quilts not to be entered? or what – why the switch?  I am curious.  I do not enter shows so I guess it doesn’t matter to me, maybe I need to learn how to neatly do binding completely by machine.  Your views – what do you know about this subject?  I am just plain curious – is it because so many younger (than me) quilters who are working and raising a family want to get that quilt completely done in a weekend including the binding and not relaxing with the slow stitching process?  Even when I was working I liked the slow method of relaxing and taking a year if need be to get the quilt done.

Hard to believe it is September already – wow – maybe it will cool off here in 20 to 30 days!

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21 comments… add one
  • Kathy ... aka Nana Sep 1, 2016

    I personally have never seen a totally machine sewn binding that looked as nice as one sewn on by machine and then stitched down by hand. But that’s me. 😉

    I prefer to exercise outdoors … whether walking or biking or working in the yard. I did a little weed pulling yesterday morning and worked up a sweat. I should have waited until this morning as it’s cooler and less humid, but those weeds just bugged me too much. Ha!
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  • Gretchen Sep 1, 2016

    I’ve started sewing some of my bindings completely by machine but not all. If the quilt is for a child or charity, the binding is sewn by machine. I take the time to hand sew on the more ‘special’ quilts. I have to slow down when stitching the turned binding, but I think it looks fine. I don’t enter competitions except for the Sauder quilt show and then I normally exhibit the ‘special’ quilts. I’m not one who find hand binding relaxing, to me it is get her done, so then the quilt is finished. Have a good day! Blessings, Gretchen
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  • Randi Sep 1, 2016

    I have never been able to make a machine stitched binding look that good. It’s never consistent for me all the way around. If I do the method where you stitch the binding down with the quilt top facing up, I inevitably end up going on and off the binding on the back in at least two or three places. And, I’m not fond of having the stitching show in or close to to ditch on the front of the quilt.

  • Deb Sep 1, 2016

    I forget where I found the tutorial but I did try the machine on both sides once and was not successful / stopped and moved to the regular way that I was used to.

    I wish I had two of those muffins for my breakfast! 🙂
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  • Barbara Sep 1, 2016

    I have started stitching the binding down by machine on charity baby quilts because I figure they will be washed a lot and need to be sturdy. I attach the binding on the back and then on the front, for finishing, I use a small serpentine stitch to sew it down. That way it doesn’t look like I missed sewing in the ditch. My other quilts, I still stitch the final side of the binding down by hand.

  • Sandra Sep 1, 2016

    Sometimes I think that new quilters just want it done quicker…I feel sad for people who can’t take time to enjoy the process, even though it may take two years, lol. I recently started going to Tai Chi where I was warned that it is a practice that takes a long time to master. I laughed and said I’m a quilter….long-term projects are right up my alley!!

  • Sandra B Sep 1, 2016

    I used to sew the binding on entirely by hand (I am mostly a hand piecer and hand quilter), but more recently I have started machine stitching the binding on the quilt top and then hand stitching on the back side. I like the look I get with that method. Have never tried doing the binding completely by machine.
    Here in Virginia we finally got some much needed rain last night….we could have used more, but we will take what we can get. The last rain we had where I live was on August 15….

  • Donna Sep 1, 2016

    I saw several quilts with the bindings sewn on by machine at a quilt show recently. I can see where it would probably by faster but I, personally, thought it looked tacky. The quilts themselves were put together and quilted very nicely. It just seemed like they took time to do the piecing correctly and put a lot of time in the quilting but then just slapped the binding on. It’s probably a personal preference and the fact that I was taught the same as you.

  • Doreen Sep 1, 2016

    I agree with several commentors that the final (binding) stitching by hand really does look nicer but it’s sturdier with the machine long term. I have seen binding that uses 2 different fabric strips (1 a bit wider) so that when it’s folded in half it forms a small flange/piping that gives you a “ditch” to stitch in. The binding is first applied to the BACK and then flipped to the front for the final SID/top stitching. I believe this would be quite a nice alternative.

  • Vicki W Sep 1, 2016

    I use machine sewn bindings on quilts that I expect to be used as blankets. It’s simply faster and that’s the only reason I do it. I love for my quilts to become blankets and machine stitched bindings don’t come undone,

  • Pat in WNY Sep 1, 2016

    Exept for charity quilts I’ve always done binding in the traditional way, handstitching it to the back after machine sewing to the front. I’m teaching this method to the new quilters in our ministry group although we have machine sewn some of our bindings for disaster relief quilts.
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  • Jen R. Sep 1, 2016

    I think the speed and ease of machine binding is what is popular. Also, I am one of those people that has never learned to sew anything (besides a little embroidery) by hand. Making that many neat stitches was intimidating. I was afraid they would all come undone. I just did my first quilt with the hand stitching method and I am sold. It is so nice to sit and relax while binding. I don’t think I will always do it, but I probably will on most.
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  • Wanda Sep 1, 2016

    I think it depends on the use of the quilt. If you are entering a show, then hand stitching would always be the best “for show”. If it is a couch quilt or baby quilt, a lot of tugging will go on and all machine stitched is much sturdier. Some of us have carpal tunnel and arthritis and it wouldn’t make sense to hand stitch the quilts that get used heavily. It isn’t a matter of wanting to do it by machine sometimes; it is a matter of having to do it to get the quilts finished. I think the quilt police are lurking here and they can just go home.

  • Belarmina Antuña Sep 1, 2016

    Karen cuanto trabajo,
    yo soy tal lenta y todas mis costuras son a mano.
    Esos dulces tiene muy buen aspecto

  • Mary Ann Sep 2, 2016

    My preference is sewing the binding to the back of the quilt by hand. I find it a relaxing process and great for times when you are watching TV. I do see the value in machine sewing the binding front and back for quilts that will be washed often, especially quilts for children.

    I do go to the gym but when the weather is nice, walking and riding my bike is what I do on non gym days. Also gardening which is a daily happening around here right now.

  • audrey Sep 2, 2016

    Love the stitching being added to your circle quilt! It’s such a beautiful quilt already.:)

    I used to do all my binding by machine but could never get it precise enough. The stitching line on the back side just kind of weaved in and out leaving a slightly ruffled edge that just drove me nuts! If I was entering the quilt in the fair I got marked down unless I went ahead and hand stitched so why bother with the machine sewing? Now I do it machine sewing to the top and hand stitching to the back.:)

  • Karen Sep 2, 2016

    You have certainly been busy. Those muffins look delicious. I have always machine sewn my binding – sometimes to the front and sometimes to the back depending on the design.
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  • Sarah Sep 2, 2016

    I agree with most other comments: it depends on the purpose. I don’t like the hand binding process, but when I make a “good” quilt I do hand bind it. When I make a utility quilt I machine bind it. If I machine quilt, then I machine bind. If I hand quilt, I hand bind (except if it’s for children). Rachel at Stitched in Color has a good method of machine binding that looks pretty. Also Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts has a good method that looks really nice.

  • Stephanie Sep 3, 2016

    Comparing machine binding and hand binding is like comparing machine quilting and hand quilting! Neither is good or bad – it’s preference.
    Ricky Tims has a neat method which he demonstrates in his Grand Finale DVD currently free to view for members of The Quilt Show. (I treated myself to a subscription as a Christmas present and it has been worth every penny. You can watch all the past shows or do a search and find all manner of information. They have featured many people whose books are on my shelf.)
    Out of interest, I have been trying different ways of doing machine binding. There are several on YouTube. My preferred one so far is “Piping Hot Binding with Randa Parrish”. My bernina did not like invisible thread but after a recommendation on TQS I tried Madeira Monofil and I am really pleased with the result.

  • Nancie Sep 4, 2016

    I have done the machine binding a few times. It does take practice and it helps to use a darker binding with dark thread to match. Be sure to first sew the binding on the back (exact opposite of what you normally do) and turn it to the front before machine stitching it down. Try to get your machine stitching as close to the edge as you can. When you miter the corners, it will be the exact opposite of what you normally do.
    I would recommend doing a 12 inch sample and make at least one corner to get the stitching in the right spot.

  • Sue Noetzel Sep 8, 2016

    I usually sew my binding down by hand. However, I recently followed a tutorial to create a flanged binding where you sew the binding first to the cake of the quilt, turn it to the front and machine stitch in the ditch of the flange. I like the look of the flange. It adds a nice pop of color to the quilt. I do not like the liberal of stitching that shows on the back of the quilt. But I don’t enter my work in shows and I doubt the recipient will ever notice. I do machine sew the binding on charity quilts as well – it just helps get them done that much quicker.
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