Today’s quilting tip is about binding. And I can’t believe I figure this out only now, in my 15th year of quilting!
So what could it be?
Prepare the binding as soon as you finish the quilt top! Don’t wait until the quilting is done!
So you just finished a quilt top. You clean up your sewing space, fold all the fabrics used and put them back in your closet.
You are now anxious to see it quilted. You quilt it. Then maybe you wash it (I wash my quilts all the time).
And after that, you have to square it up and bind it. It shouldn’t take you too much time!
But then you remember you have to piece the binding! And you want a scrappy binding and you have to search again in your (extensive, I bet!) stash and find the fabrics used in this quilt. And then you realize that meanwhile you made another top and you ran out of some fabrics!
By now you are already tired so you decide to bind the quilt tomorrow. Or maybe you give up of the idea of piecing an AWESOME binding and you will bind the quilt with a simple fabric (like I did just today!).
Does it happen to you? It happens to me all the time!!
But what if the binding was previously done? With great enthusiasm you will proceed to bind the quilt!
So, the PERFECT time to piece the binding is right after the top is done. All the fabrics are on the table, the sewing machine is there and, if you made a patchwork quilt, you are in the “piecing mode” anyway. Why not piece the binding right now?
What do you think? When do you prepare the binding?
Do you know other productivity tips? Let’s learn from each other, let’s sew smarter, not harder!