Binding: My love/hate relationship

Binding might be my least favorite part of quilting.  I am not sure why.  I feel like I should be excited to bind, because it means that I will soon be done with a quilt.  I get to use my cute little quilt labels too.


For some reason I tend to procrastinate until I get into a “binding” mindset.  Once I get in the mode, I don’t have a problem finishing.   At the November quilt retreat, I completed the binding on 4 quilts.  I machine bind, so it really doesn’t take as much time as I think either.

Here is the irony… I actually like making binding.  I make the binding far in advance.  Maybe it is because I like the way all of the different binding looks in the jar on the shelf in sewing room.


Currently I have 4 quilts that need to have the binding finished. Thankfully, I have a quilting retreat next weekend.  I have the quilts already packed and ready to go for next weekend.

Am I alone in this?  What part of the quilting process do you procrastinate?

About My Pieced Life

I am in love with all things quilting. My sewing room has many works-in-progress and a large stash of fabric. I have big plans and lots of ideas of creations I would like to make. My wonderful husband supports my obsession and Carson, my Australian terrier, keeps me company while I sew.
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6 Responses to Binding: My love/hate relationship

  1. msminnesota says:

    Binding is my least favorite part, too, but you already knew that!

  2. Labels… I’m a believer that quilts need labels. If the quilt is a gift for an occasion, I want the label to specify that, too. Otherwise your cute little tabs would work great! But I don’t like making them. I haven’t figured out a reliable way to make them attractive. I’ve tried different things and still don’t have the key to that puzzle.

    • I didn’t like making quilt labels either, so I purchased these off etsy. I have a second set of tabs that has my full name – the folded under part has no writing, so I can put the date on the back of the label with a permanent marker if I want. The trick is remembering to put the label on when I bind. I have gotten a bit smarter about that. I keep the labels in my wonder clip box to remind me. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. knitnkwilt says:

    Back when I was in Indiana, a couple members would bring quilts to bind at retreat and then crow about how many they had finished over the weekend. Those of us who started at an earlier place, like piecing blocks, never had so much to show, so it seemed. 🙂

    • I don’t crow over the completions. I actually take them home before the retreat show and tell segment. I just want to get them done. I have been in your shoes as well, I started my Swoon quilt at a November retreat and was still piecing it together at the February retreat. Thanks for stopping by!

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