700 inches of binding
I’ve been spending a lot of time on the longarm lately. Thanks to my newfound flexibility in scheduling, I’ve been able to spend one day a week at Quilting By-You in Bettendorf, Iowa, renting time on a longarm to finally finish up some quilt tops.
Two weeks ago I finished quilting one of my two 2014 Block of the Month Quilts. Then today I loaded my newest, not-yet-released pattern on the longarm, the Five-Hour Bed Quilt. The quilt uses a layer cake and yardage to create a pattern that is super simple and fast to put together. Since I didn’t want to spend more time quilting it than I did putting it together, I chose a simple, allover meander pattern and finished this puppy in just two hours. I think that may be a record for me. Normally I get a little crazy with my quilting you know, lots of dense patterns, multiple color changes, complicated stuff.
But now I have not one, but two bed sized quilts that need binding, my least favorite step in the quilting process. And I have 700 inches to stitch. I know I could make it go faster by sewing the binding down by machine, but I prefer the look of hand stitched binding, even if I don’t like to do it. I foresee a Netflix marathon in my future.
What’s your least favorite part of the quilting process?