Slow Stitching : Binding Stars & Spools

I had finished hand quilting Stars & Spools towards the end of January, but I didn’t touch it again until this weekend.

One thing that initially  held me back was that I didn’t have enough of any particular fabric that would work for a binding. I looked around online and ended up purchasing a pre-made binding from JoAnn Fabrics that would work with several of the colors in the quilt.

If I do a fall table runner or something like that in the future I can use up the leftover binding.

I brought out the sewing machine and machine quilted the brown and beige striped border and then attached the binding.

Hand stitching it to the back will take awhile, but at least it is a start :)

Because I hand quilt and applique by hand, hand stitching binding is one of my least favorite things to do. But for Stars and Spools I think that it may be a labor of love…I just made up this quilt as I went along.

It took a long while to finish, but I so enjoyed using the reproduction type fabrics and the creative process in general.

If I just resolve to go through one length of thread per day, this last step will be done eventually:)

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19 Responses to Slow Stitching : Binding Stars & Spools

  1. Nana Diana says:

    I like that binding-it is different and not one I have seen before. I think it will add a fun edge (no pun intended) to the quilt. I think that is most people’s least favorite job when it comes to quilting. Hand stitching that binding. It will be lovely when it is done though, Deb.!
    Have a great night- xo Diana

  2. gail says:

    What a good way to approach it! My hands are so stiff as I get older and likely carpal tunnel damaged, too, so I have told myself that there is no point in trying to hand quilt now that I’ve started piecing quilt tops. But truly, I could do one strand of thread a day. Maybe I need to revisit the idea of trying a small quilt!

  3. Good plan! I like hand binding, but I don’t hand quilt. Don’t forget a label! This quilt will bring you years of joy.

  4. Karen says:

    I don’t mind doing binding – I have not seen that product though of buying binding already made. I do not have a JoAnne’s near by. Have not seen it at Hobby Lobby which is all I have.
    You are right one strand of thread a day and you will get that binding done

  5. Gretchen says:

    I also don’t enjoy sewing the binding down by hand. But I do it because when it is done, the quilt is finished! I always sew the label into the edge of my quilt binding. Can’t wait to see it completely finished and on display. Happy stitching!

  6. Gail says:

    I love doing the handstitching on the binding!

  7. Chantal says:

    I love hand stitching binding on. This gorgeous quilt needs a hand stitched binding. If you like to applique, why you don’t like hand stitching binding? Care to explain? I don’t understand and would just like to know. ;^)

  8. CathieJ says:

    I like hand stitching the binding. I think because I know that I am in the home-stretch of another finish and it is fairly mindless stitching. I am looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

  9. nanette says:

    Your quilt has turned out very nice!

  10. I have never heard of premade binding… very cool!
    Enjoy the binding and as you stitch you can admire all of the wonderful creative touches you added to this quilt!

  11. Ivani Vieira says:

    Enjoy the binding soon your quilt will be done!
    Happy Slow Stitching!!

  12. A lot of work has gone into that quilt and well worth it – it is beautiful.

  13. Joyce says:

    Very nice finishing touch! I had no idea binding was available in prints like this. My first few quilts were bound with those stiff, purchased solid color packages. Not attractive!
    You’re going to be very pleased when you complete this one!

  14. Yay! Hand quilting! Just lovely! I am trying to learn to love binding, but it is hard, LOL!

  15. Kyle says:

    You’ll be done soon with your steady pace..

  16. Beautiful. I haven’t been doing much of anything. No projects in the works so I guess I haven’t been putting my spare time to good use. :-)

  17. Susan says:

    One thread a day will get it done in no time! I have one to do the hand stitching on, too. I need to get going with only ten days left in the month! What a good idea to buy your binding, when you found one you liked for the quilt.

  18. Kim says:

    I was in JoAnn this weekend and I was thinking of you. So many pretty fabrics, I was wishing that I could quilt. Maybe someday!

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