Binding is the fabric added to the edges of a quilted item that encloses the outer unfinished edges. Often, it is a strip of fabric that has been folded in half length-wise with wrong sides together, which is then sewed to the top of the quilt using a sewing machine. The final step is to pull the binding from the front to the back and hand sew the folded edge of the binding to the back of the quilt, using small, invisible stitches. There are a number of other ways to bind a quilt, but the majority of quilts use this technique.
I have been living in a sea of quilted items that have been waiting for bindings to be finished. I finally decided that I would get more done if I simply sat down and began to work.
Yesterday, I trimmed three lap quilts, made binding for two of them, and sewed binding to those two lap quilts and one full sized quilt. I also added binding to two sides of a lap quilt that was done for the Empty Nester group. I have one more full-sized quilt, a table runner, and one lap quilt to finish. That doesn't address all the unfinished projects, just those that are close to completion. My purpose in the marathon sewing session was to give myself things to work on at night, when I'd like to sit with Dear Husband and watch some of the new shows on T.V.
That was six hours of work, but already I can see a dent in the work that needs to be done to take my home into the winter. I need to reorganize the sewing area, and our closet, and get serious about what needs to be stored in our living space, and what might be stored in the basement, or (shudder) thrown away. I NEED to see some projects brought to an end before I start some new ones. I need to know that I can carry a project through to completion. I should note, that the lap quilts are all projects that Elegante Mother started this year for her great-grandchildren, which she has been unable to finish. I simply see them as projects to be completed, not hers or mine.
So, If you're looking for me in the evening for the next couple of weeks, I'll be the one under a mound of quilts! *G*