Just to show I still remember how

Sheree and Cindy have been helping me out with binding HeartStrings quilts but I have 5 quilts I did last week that need binding so I got to work on them.

I finished the binding on Pat’s Diamond Strings tonight.

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Joan asked me a question about how I did my binding so I had Keith take a couple photos when I was working on quilt #2 tonight.

Mom & Deb hold the quilt in the opposite direction but that seems backwards to me. I stretch the quilt across my lap, backing up and work from right to left using a blind stitch. I use straw needles from Jeanna Kimball.

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18 Responses to “Just to show I still remember how”

  • Gari:

    I do it the same way you do but what is a “straw” needle?

  • I do it exactly the same way. I have been wanting to try the straw needles. I will have to get me some.

  • Erin:

    I work from right to left too! I cant imagine doing it the other way around :)

  • Mary:

    I really like that diamond string quilt that black sure stands out. I do my binding the same way except the needle, I like short ones. That is also why they make 31 favors of ice cream we all like something different.

  • I go right to left, too.

    Yes, please tell us about the “straw” needle. I’ve never heard of it.

  • debra:

    you are so beautiful when you quilt ;-)

  • And I do with the backing down but hold the edge up and work right to left. I have a friend that does her binding the way you do and it looks awkward to me. Do you piece your binding strips together with a diagonal seam to spread out the bulk?

  • Isn’t it interesting how many different ways there are. I do it like LizA, back down on my lap, work from right to left, but I use a quilting needle – I can’t seem to sew with anything longer these days, I keep sticking the needle into my left hand!

    I love the quilt of your aunt’s, the colours are gorgeous and the quilting suits it brilliantly.

  • Joan:

    Thanks for the photos, they’re a great help. I think my problem was that I was trying to make my stitches completely invisible and it was taking FOREVER. The point seems to be, to catch a couple of threads from the binding on your needle so the stitch will in fact show a little but very little. Thanks again for the help.

  • I do it exactly the same way, also with a straw needle because I find them sturdier and less likely to snap on me.

  • Susan:

    And here I thought I was the only one who used straw needles when doing binding. I haven’t ever run in to anyone else who used them for bindings….I actually thought most people would think it was odd that I used them for that purpose. You always hear about the smaller quilting needles and applique needles but the wonderful straw needle doesn’t seem to get much attention. I’m happy to see I’m not the lone ranger now! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Isn’t it funny how we all do things differently. I hold mine the same way as you Mom and Deb.

    I noticed when I was playing cards the other day that I hold the cards in my hand from lowest to highest in each suit. Everyone else at the table told me that was backwards – they all do it the other way.

    Hope Chesty is improving and will be back to normal soon.

  • I’m going to have to make a string quilt… That diamond strings is really pretty!!!

    I do my binding pretty much the same way. The best way was when Gramma was still with us. I’d take it over to her one day and she would call me the next to let me know it was done… Her hand work was beautiful!!!

  • That’s exactly how I do the binding as well and I, like you, also feel like it looks so backwards when I see someone do it the other way! LOL

  • Margie Fassler:

    That is just how I do it and I consider myself a binding snob. :)I also use straw needles.

  • Finn:

    I bind exactly the same way Mary. Can’t imagine how else anyone could do it, using that blind stitch. So happy that Chesty is back home again and on the mend. It’s so hard when our little ones have owies! Happy Turkey day, Hugs, Finn

  • I bind the same way, but only from left to right…I am leftie. Love the black strips on the String Quilt. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • amandajean:

    i hold my quilt the opposite way that you do. what is a straw needle?

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