Sunday, January 31, 2016

Slow Sunday Stitching - Binding

Can you believe that January 2016 is already over?!? I really cannot believe it! We are already one month into the new year... how are you doing with your resolutions? 
I am so happy with my progress so far this year. I have already managed to (almost) finish a UFO! It was one big challenge that I have been working on either in my mind, or in my hands since November. Once I got the border problem solved, and the quilting started, it practically finished itself! Well, not really but it was quite fun and I'm so thrilled.
Stay the course!
It's time to give myself a big pat on the back. We all know that it is so much easier to start new things that are fresh and enticing, with no challenges or problems to solve. But there is such a sense of growth and satisfaction to "stay the course", to solve the problems that arise, to push yourself in new directions, and to actually accomplish a huge task.

Today I get to enjoy the wonderful task of finishing a quilt that I started in 2013. Isn't that a great striped binding fabric?  Binding a quilt is one of my favourite hand stitching activities, so I am in for a very enjoyable afternoon of slow stitching.  

What are you hand stitching today? Are you able to stay the course, meet your goals, and finish projects to completion?
Link up your blog post below and share your progress with us.



23 comments:

ES said...

I too love hand stitching the binding down, it's my favorite part of the quilt making process!!i think it's the simple stitches and not too much thinking that I enjoy! And the finishing! The quilt is almost made at that stage :)

Design Originals by KC said...

I love stitching down the binding.. I always say anything negative that happened in the making of the quilt is then sealed with the binding and the quilt... only happy thoughts from there out as it can now be washed and dried and enjoyed! Here is to you enjoying that UFO SOON!!!! :) Thanks for the linky too! ;) Kathi

Denise :) said...

Terrific print for the binding . . . stripes make it pop! There's nothing quite so satisfying to me as stitching down the binding. It's one of my favorite processes. Enjoy the day! :)

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Enjoy stitching your pretty binding today !:)

Ellen said...

There really is such a sense of accomplishment when you do overcome a challenge during the quilt making process. It really is one of the best personal rewards of finishing a quilt that has a large PITA factor...other than having a wonderful finished quilt. :)

Enjoy your binding!

Sarah said...

Fantastic to be at this stage. Yes there is something very satisfying about sewing binding, it is that nearly finished sense of accomplishment! Have a good day!

Deb A said...

Great job Kathy! You did better than me on the UFO.... but then again I got 2 quilts to a top stage with all hand work so I am ok with it! Enjoy your slow stitching today.

SandraC said...

You've given me reason to give my head a shake with your talk of staying on course....I've had way too many "starts" lately and no finishes.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I find it amazing that the first month of the year has flown by as well, so fast!

The Cozy Quilter said...

I just knew that you would be able to finish your UFO this month! It will be all ready for next Christmas!

CathieJ said...

I love to sit and hand stitch binding also. That binding fabric is fabulous. Enjoy!

Deb said...

Enjoy stitching the binding on, how nice to have a UFO near complete.

Cathy said...

I love diagonal stripe prints for bindings. I use them all the time, and if I see one that I don’t already have, I snatch them up. For some reason, although I love hand stitching, I intensely dislike hand stitching the binding of a quilt. It might be that by the time I get to that stage, I just want it to be done. I’ll be working on La Passacaglia again today.

Teresa in Music City said...

Congratulations!!! That is indeed a great feeling :). I'm binding one today that I started back in 2009 - hooray for UFO finishes!!!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I'm not sure what happened to January, but I hope to get a lot more finished in February! Congrats on your finish!

Igniteyourcreativespark - Kate Carter said...

Stitching binding seems such a long way off! I can't wait to get to this stage. I've entered your linky party, its the first time I've ever done that so I hope its right. I'll go check out some other blogs now too :)

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

It sure is about staying the course, isn't it! The little gains are large ones when it comes to slow stitching because of the results. Beautiful hand worked piece and a lot of time to relax and enjoy.

Nancy said...

Your binding choice looks great! I love the hand-stitching AFTER the challenge of stitching the binding to the front. (I'm always concerned I'll end up with a wavy quilt.)

Staying the course is so much easier for me when I love the quilt -- the blocks, the fabric, the colors, etc. When I'm hesitant or not completely committed to what I'm doing, it's so much easier to lay it aside. Moving from one project to another is so much more interesting for blog readers, though. There's always something new and interesting to see when quilt bloggers move between projects. (Unfortunately, I'm staying the course with the star quilt I'm working on and it must be agonizing for my few readers to see so many variations on the theme of this star quilt with scrappy backgrounds).

Thanks so much for hosting Slow Sunday Stitching.

Nancy. (ndmessier @ aol.com, joyforgrace.blogspot.com)

Kate said...

Fun choice of binding. Enjoy your hand stitching today.

Vivian said...

A pat on the back and a whoop, whoop for a UFO finish! In the words of Lao Tzu "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." Hoping to join you at the finish line at some point!

Stephie said...

Oh please, Kathy!!! I'm so humbled by how much you get done - I'm nowhere near a finish. Which is a shame, because I love hand stitching down the binding too!

Donna said...

Congrats on a UFO finish. Yes, that is a fantastic binding!

Jeanne said...

Love your striped binding, Kathy! Hand stitching the binding down is one of my favorite parts, too.