Please make sure you read my note at the end of this post!
I have binding to do, lots and lots of binding, literally 13 projects! Most of my quilts are art quilts and I prefer to hand finish my bindings. I cut them, gasp, at 1 7/8″ and sew them with a very scant 1/4″ seam, giving me the skinny binding I prefer. If I made bed quilts, I would probably cut them the standard 2 1/2″ and they would be much wider.
Given that I have miles of binding to do and very little time to do it, I thought I would try my hand at finishing them by machine. It’s soooo much faster, right? I’ve tried this once before and I didn’t like how the binding stitching line wobbled on the back. Unless I cut it perfectly and I sew it perfectly, I’ll have that wobble. Since I am not even close to perfect, mine wobble. I thought that perhaps I just needed a better method of doing it. On to Plan B.
My first step was to do some research. Since I truly do not have time to research (I was up against another deadline), I went to The Source of All Wisdom and asked my FaceBook friends. I received many good suggestions. Unfortunately I don’t think any of them will work. Some were for a flanged binding, a piped binding or a fused facing. My bindings were already cut and attached, so none of those were viable options.
The two that I decided to try used glue or fused strips to hold down the back of the binding. Neither worked. The glue absolutely did not work-it was baby’s breath and I needed dragon fire to hold those skinny, super tight bindings down. And the fusing did not work because my bindings are so skinny that it just wasn’t holding properly.
I’ve got a gripe about all of this. Granted, I may be just a weeeeee bit grumpy from working too much. Even so, here’s my gripe, it’s a basic life principal:
Short cuts usually have a catch.
In the case of glue-basted binding, the videos and tutorials all say something to this effect: If the glue doesn’t hold well enough, use pins or clips to hold it in place until it dries.
Whaaaaaat? Unless I am missing something, there is no way that glue is going to hold a tight binding on its own (I tried 3 different glues). It needs help in the form of pins or clips. So, if I’m going to have to pin or clip anyway, where is the short cut?
I realize that it will be faster to stitch down those bindings with the machine than by hand, but if you’re up against a deadline and have to literally wait for glue to dry, you might as well hand stitch them down. Gripe over.
On another note, since I seem to be doing nothing but write and complete projects for my book, I thought I would share a peek at where I sit all day. I do have a pretty nice set up.
I love my green ergonomic LifeForm chair! It’s uber comfy and allows me to sit for long periods of time without hurting my body. And what a great view I have of the pond across the street as well as my own front yard.
That shelf thingy on the wall is something I designed. It’s functional, not pretty. I wanted a place to be able to quickly stash papers and projects until I could get to them. Yet I wanted them close at hand. It works perfectly for me.
And this is my sophisticated Task Organizer System–mini-clip boards with lists of To-Do’s by category: book, computer, future project ideas, future blog and newsletter ideas, etc. I tried going digital with my To Do list but I wanted something tactile and more tangible. I absolutely love the way it functions.
Each upcoming gig has its own labeled folder, in date order, in an Ikea rolling cabinet, with storage for pens and pencils, tape, stapler, etc.
And of course, most of us have a Studio Assistant and here’s mine, busily assisting. I sure hope I get over the writing hump sometime soon. It is a season and I know this will pass and soon I will be a proud book author!
NOTE: Within the last few days I became aware that some of my Quiltskipper mail was not getting to me and apparently this has been going on for awhile. Please know that I answer emails, all of them. If I didn’t answer yours, it was because I didn’t receive it. I think the problem is fixed now and I should receive them all. My apologies if you sent an email to me and I did not reply!
I’ll be posting to Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday. I love the links there and I always cruise them.