Monday, August 11, 2014

Binding....

Well - I did make the chocolate pudding from the book from Shez....

... it was very scrummy ... I had a dollop of home made yoghurt... Hubz had a dollop of store bought icecream!



THIS is the link to the recipe on line... in case you want to try it too....

The other night when I was going all around a quilt hand sewing the binding down Hubz asked why I didn't do that by machine....

I am not a purist by any means but I do like hand sewing a quilt to finish it off... I have done several where I have done it by machine and I love those quilts just as much.... and a lot of smaller items I finish off by machine ....

.... so what is it... just the satisfaction of a final bit of hand sewing at the end I think...  do you have a preference and why?

Here is my latest bit of binding... my little blue baby quilt (in case it is needed in November)


I did very simple quilting.. in the ditch for the borders and just around the edge of the stitching on the elephants.... 


I bought nice quilting fabric for the backing... because I liked it....


... this will wait for November now.... just in case 


(pink is ready and waiting too!)


Righto, Gotto Go... still more binding to be done..... 

41 comments:

  1. The quilts are both so sweet! :0)

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  2. I did wonder what chocolate pudding had to do with your title :)
    Both gorgeous little quilts and the backing is perfect!
    I prefer to hand stitch the binding but hadn't really thought about the why. I think for me it's a bit like "sealing it with a kiss" x

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  3. not a purest here either but I do like a hand finished bind...........never tried the machine but have seen both and I think it is a nice way to finish off the quilt..............looking at your colours and quilting again.....grabbing those last loose threads you missed.........there is some sort of satisfaction..........

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  4. I agree with Chooky. It is a lovely chance to reflect on your creation and work and always gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. Love your cute "wait and see" quilts.

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  5. Those quilts are adorable, Fiona. I like hand finishing a binding - I love the calmness of hand stitching.

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  6. Lovely baby quilts. The elephant quilt is adorable. Great job Fiona. I love to hand sew the binding because it's the last time I get it all to myself. Like a one-to-one conversation before the others get to enjoy it.

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  7. Hi Fiona,of that choc pudding looks so yummy,love both your baby quilts,they are both very cute,and i also agree with chooky,its relaxing and satisfying knowing you are on the home stretch,enjoy your day my friend.xx

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  8. Gorgeous quilt Fiona, I love both of them.

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  9. Those quilts are so cute, love them both.
    I love mixing greek yogurt with strawberry ice cream, makes a nice treat and I figure it is good for me, lol.

    Debbie

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  10. they're both cute quilts! I love sewing my bindings by hand. It's relaxing, and important to stitch in that last bit of love.

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  11. I love both quilts ! I love doing the binding by hand mainly because I don't think I could do a real good job by machine and I just love doing hand work so it makes sense to do it by hand ;-)

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  12. Both are beautiful quilts, love elephants though! I love hand stitching binding down, find it relaxing and gives me an easy non thinking sewing option for those days you need one. Plus I find machine stitching binding doesn't come out as nice, but that is my poor technique - I have seen others do a nice job of it.

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  13. both your choice of fabrics and style are just beautiful, I have used the backing fabric on the boys quilt in several items such a great choice for quilting infant items .... love that you have left your options open for the quilts

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  14. I like to hand stitch mine too... kinda like the finish of it better that way. As I do most of a quilt by machine...I think it's nice to hand finish it...old fashioned I guess!

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  15. What an adorable quilt... both of them are wonderful.

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  16. oh Fiona, those quilts are gorgeous. The elephants are just adorable - I could eat them up. (Elephants are "my animal", just in case you were wondering.
    I have song "Baby elephant walk" going through my head. funny.

    As for binding, I prefer to hand stitch, it just feels finished and it gives me time to 'connect' with the quilt so to speak.

    I do machine stitch on occasion but it always looks a bit dodgy, probably because I don't do it enough.

    Debra

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  17. The chocolate pudding reminds me of a family favourite. Lots of good times shared over my great aunts recipe.
    Your quilts are both lovely, perfect for the junior in your family.
    I like hand stitching binding. Like others have said it is the connection with the finished object, especially when it is made with love for someone special.
    Enjoy the week.

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  18. I'm with you on sewing the binding down by hand, I have machine-sewn binding down and it's good for speed, but I do think you get a nicer finish by hand. Chocolate pudding looks very nice!

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  19. Love the quilts especially the elephants. Pudding looks AMAZING..

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  20. I just love both of those quilts you have made. I really must get around to doing my elephant one now that i have seen how pretty yours is! I just enjoy the process of handstitching the binding down....or maybe I am a purist!

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  21. The pudding looks nothing like binding Fiona. :) As to binding I prefer handsewing it down. I don't like the look of bindings that are completly machine sewn. Guess I'm a purist. lol. Love the elephant quilt, so cute. Hugs, xx

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  22. I've done both, depending on who the quilt is for and how the binding has been done. I do love the process of hand finishing the binding, it's a great way to say goodbye to it

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  23. Love both quilts....hand sewing the binding is the last relaxing bit of the quilt process to me. Sounds like you are on a binding marathon!!

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  24. They are both beautiful quilts, it will be a lucky baby either way. I am ll for hand sewing the binding, but you probably already knew that about me!

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  25. Love both those quilts........and that chocolate pud, yummo

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  26. Love both those quilts........and that chocolate pud, yummo

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  27. Love both those quilts........and that chocolate pud, yummo

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  28. that chocolate pudding does look very yum Fiona. Lovely baby quilts all completed ready. I do love sewing binding by hand and lots of other hand sewing

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  29. I think I agree, hand sewing down a binding is a nice way to finish a quilt, I enjoy spending the quiet time with it, if that makes sense!! Both your baby quilts are lovely and wonderful finishes. Will be loved for sure.

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  30. They're gorgeous Fiona....maybe they'll need both?? LOL I've been making a chocolate brownie in a mug in the microwave, which has been delish on these colder nights...dont know if my hips will thank me for it though!!! And I agree too.....binding gives me such satisfaction....Love it! xox
    sugary hugs xox
    Wendy :o)

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  31. Mmmm choccy pud - yummo!! Love those elephants and the backing fabric is so perfect. I'm a hand stitch the binding girl...I like the finished look better...

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  32. I don't mind the hand sewing on the binding, but a machine finish is good for nursery/childrens quilts etc..

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  33. So organized with those beautiful quilts Fiona! I like to hand sew a binding down! I made that Lemon Delicious Pudding...delicious!

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  34. Both quilts are equally gorgeous! MMmm self-saucing chocolate pudding you just shouldn't tempt me with such yumminess especially when you know I have no will power when it comes to deserts :) Barb.

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  35. Beautiful quilts! The Mother loves to finish her quilts by sitting down at the end of the project and hand binding it! -It's the way to go!

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  36. Great quilts Fiona - love the backing fabric!I always hand sew binding - so much neater I think and a pleasure to do something mindless infront of the TV after all that concentration on the quilt itself. xx

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  37. two gorgeous quilts fiona!
    I so love those blues in your elephant quilt and the backing is adorable.
    yummy chocolate pudding..

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  38. I love the way you have planned ahead with both colours. Great finish on the blue. And the pink is lovely, too.
    I still like to hand stitch most of my bindings. Mainly because I do a better job that way. I have done a few by machine but have not yet perfected that to the point where i will use it on a special quilt.

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  39. Hi Fiona - it's been lovely to catch up on what you have been doing lately - the quilts are all just gorgeous - I love the baby boy one, and yes i do a mix of hand & machine for binding, depending on what it is & who it's for - i love sitting to turn the bind over & hand stitch it into place...

    Well done on persevering with the eclairs, they look fab & oh-so yummy... re the words verif'n - you can opt to 'refresh' & get a new one to try, by clicking the circle icon just to the right of it if you need to. Those ones sure do look tricky!! x

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  40. Scrummy pud :) I really enjoy hand stitching binding, a lovely slow way to finish a slow project. Though to be honest, I have loved/preferred doing it by machine recently, much quicker finish so all the sooner I can snuggle under it. Plus for little kids it's a bit more robust :)

    Your quilts are gorgeous! How on earth is the poor baby going to decide which to be, lol. The backing for the Elephants is so cute :)

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