Friday, December 10, 2010
Binding, binding, binding.....
Sewing the binding on two quilts today.
Once it's on, I can pick up this handwork to do in the evening while the TV watches me.
I know a lot of quilters have learned how to stitch down the binding by machine, but I am not one of them. I can sew it on by machine, but must stitch it down by hand once it is folded over to the back side of the quilt.
There is something pleasing about doing this last little bit by hand. My grandmother, the first quilter I was aware of, used to piece by hand. She and the "Ladies Aid Society" used to meet and hand quilt their quilts at a large frame set up in the living room during the winter, and under the black walnut trees out in the side yard during the summer.
Although I was taught to hand piece, I abandoned it quickly and wouldn't be a quilter today if I hadn't learned to use a rotary cutter and my sewing machine.
So, when I hand stitch the binding on my quilt, it is an homage to my Grandmother and I am satisfied.