The Rain’s almost stopped!

Binding for a hand quilted patchwork quilt © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Hello and welcome to the last Work in Progress Wednesday for my Autumn Rain lap quilt!  Yup, I’m on the home stretch, just the binding to stitch down, then a tumble in the washing machine, a press (maybe!) and it’ll be all done and dusted.

Stitching a binding on a quilt edge. © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Binding under way

A lot of people hate this part of quilt making; me, I love it. Just to be contrary!  Sewing on the binding is like reading the last chapter of a good book: you want to know how the whole thing wraps up, but at the same time you’ve enjoyed it so much you don’t want it to end. Maybe that’s why I like to hand sew it down, to savour those last few moments before opening another book.

Quilt binding pinned and ready to hand sew. © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Pinned and ready to sew

I recently machined the binding in place on my old Singer, then pressed it to the back, pinned it in place and am slowly making my way around using a blind stitch.  Blind stitch is really useful for a number of quilting tasks (from binding to needle turn appliqué), but I’ve met a few people that haven’t mastered it so wrote a tutorial to show you how, if it’s not already in your repertoire.  It’ll be here on the blog tomorrow, so come back then to check it out and book mark it for next time you need it.

Hand sewing a binding on a quilt edge. © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Hand sewing the binding

I hope the weather’s going to be kind over the next few days because this quilt’s so close to being finished that I want to get some good photographs to show you – I’m so excited! Until then…

Linking up with Work In Progress Wednesday and Let’s Bee Social – very much looking forward to seeing what everyone’s been up to this week 🙂

Happy quilting!

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25 replies
  1. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    Way to go Stephie. I can’t wait to see this one finished. Can’t say I share your love of binding, but like you I do always hand stitch.

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Hand stitched bindings are the creme de la creme – especially in my case, because my machine stitched ones are usually a mess, haha! Seriously though, if you’re going to spend hours hand quilting, why rush to the finish with a machine stitched binding, it just seems a bit pointless to me 🙂 x

  2. whatafun22B
    whatafun22B says:

    Hand sewing always gives us this meditative pleasure and when connected with the happy finishing pleasure is even bigger.
    Binding isn’t that bad, the worst part is adding hanging sleeve 🙂

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      I’ve never actually attached a hanging sleeve, so I’ll reserve judgement on that one! But yes, it’s definitely a mediative process isn’t it 🙂

  3. SarahZ
    SarahZ says:

    I LOVE your thoughts on binding! I feel exactly the same way…and love how you have expressed it perfectly!!!! I can’t wait to get to the binding on mine….so close 🙂

  4. Ann
    Ann says:

    Hooray for a finish! This is such a beautiful quilt. I’ve enjoyed watching it come to fruition; thanks for sharing that process with us.

  5. Rachel
    Rachel says:

    Great work on being almost through! I love those circles you’ve quilted; they’re perfect! Circles are my go to hand quilting pattern though, so I might be a little biased. 😉 Lovely work either way!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Rachel! I have to say, I love the look of the circles in the border but it would have been a whole lot easier if I could hand quilt without having to turn the quilt in circles too, haha!

    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Hi Paula, and thank you! Lovely to ‘see’ you!!! Hope all’s well with you and that you’re recovering from your trip to Texas 🙂 Look forward to popping over to see you soon! x

  6. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts
    Andrea @ Tideline Quilts says:

    Your hand quilting is so beautiful…there’s just nothing that beats the look of a hand quilted piece! And your colour choices are from my favourite family…add the name Autumn Rain….and I’m absolutely drooling over this beautiful piece.

  7. Linda
    Linda says:

    I’m wondering what your washing process is. I recently washed my first quilt, and i worried and pondered over what soap to use. I finally broke down and bought some Dreft, and used color catchers (it was made from a purple batik jelly roll). Do you pre-wash? Do you starch and then wash the starch out? I am looking forward to your binding blind stitch tutorial also! Your quilt is lovely!


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