On Saturday night I had a dream about the binding. There it was all cut and ready to be sewn on the quilt. I picked up the quilt, sat at the machine, laid the binding along the edge of the quilt and began to sew. Great progress, almost done. I awoke with a start. Oh, no! That's not how to sew a binding on a quilt! (I know because I've tried that before and ended up with a ruffly-edged quilt.) Whew! I'm glad it was only a dream. When I came downstairs the next morning, there was the quilt on the floor exactly where I'd left it.
Bindings are my least favorite part of quilting. I think a binding can make or break (or at least enhance or detract from) a quilt. A fabulous quilt will look less than its best with a poorly measured and sewn binding. Thus, my trepidation. Even though my goal was to completely finish the quilt (binding sewn and stitched) on Monday, I found myself coming up with ways to avoid it.
- Better check on Airedale Hannah. She might be out in the yard digging.
- Oh! That load of laundry's finished. Better go change the washer. (Repeated every half hour or so, at least four times.)
- Look at all those threads on the floor! Gotta vacuum. (You know it's bad when I choose cleaning over quilting.)
- Look at all those crumbs. Someone forgot to clean off the counter after breakfast....
- Breakfast. I forgot to eat breakfast! I need to eat so I'll have energy to do that binding.
- Gosh, I'm sleepy. Maybe a nap will help.
- Etc., etc.
The label on the the Mountain Mist Cream Rose batting bags says, "Washable with care, when quilted properly". What care, exactly? Regular wash, gentle wash? Dryer, no dryer? The quilt is going through a regular wash cycle, and will dry on moderate heat. If I were a superstitious person, I might cross my fingers....
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