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Binding By Hand

I’m trying something new: binding by hand.
Since this whole (jellyfish) quilt was hand stitched, it would be inconceivable to use a machine to stitch down the binding. So I stitched all the binding by hand too:

hand stitched binding

As if I was using a machine, I started by sewing the binding to the top of my quilt. I actually went around the whole quilt twice to make my stitch length short and hold the binding tighter to the quilt. I kicked ass at eye-balling a 1/4″ stitch!

hand stitched binding

Currently, I’m working on stitching the binding to the back… it’s about half done.  By hand stitching, I have more control over the fabric and I was able to get beautiful mitered corners:

hand stitched binding

hand stitched binding

I’m so excited to be this close to the finish line! After the binding, all I have left is a hanging sleeve and a label. Then it will be time to move onto my ever-growing list of machine-sewing projects. So many ideas… so little time!


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5 responses to “Binding By Hand”

  1. Lynne Tilley Avatar

    Beautiful job! I'm so impressed, a whole quilt done by hand. You have more patience than I would. I hand stitch mine on the back, but I use the machine to attach it. Great quilt!

  2. Karen @ Pieces of Contentment Avatar

    Great job and an appropriate way to finish off this wonderful creation.

  3. Dawn White Avatar

    Beautifully mitered corners, Gail! How exciting that the end is in sight. Can't wait to see this beauty in person!

  4. Gail Lizette Avatar

    Thanks Lynne – I would have never imagined to try an all-hand-done quilt before, it just sort of ended up going that way. I usually do binding the way you do it, but it was fun for this ONE project 😉

  5. Gail Lizette Avatar

    Can't wait to show it to you Dawn!

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