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. I machine bind as well, so it really doesn’t take as much time if I would hand sew the binding. I have been known to bring multiple quilts to quilt retreats just to do the binding. Seems a bit crazy to pack up the quilt, binding, and thread colors just to put on the binding. The nice part is that I can sit and chat with my fellow quilters during this time.
I currently have 5 quilts to bind! I need to get them done before quilt retreat! Thankfully, the majority are baby quilts.
A couple views of my jar…
Bindings in the jar: Storybook stars, California Girl coral stripes, Marmalade stripes, Sew Stitchy Needles, Hometown dots, Happy Go Lucky dots, Reunion kite strings, Countdown to Christmas reindeer names….
What do you see in the jar?
Here is the irony… I actually like making binding. I make the binding far in advance. The binding for the Storybook quilt is already done. Long before I had the quilt top done – been completed 3 weeks ago.
I even have binding done for a quilt that I haven’t even started! Should that quilt be on my WIP/UFO list?
Maybe it is because I like the way all of the different binding looks in the large jar in my sewing room. The leftovers are little memories of completed quilts. Or reminders of quilts that need to be finished.
Am I alone in this? What part of the quilting process do you procrastinate?