What's your favourite part of making a quilt?
I know lots of people don't like hand stitching binding, but I do. There is something about each stitch taking you closer and closer to a finish. Bindings make a huge improvement in the look of the quilt too. Well, every step makes a huge improvement in the look of the quilt, but binding is just that final 'wow' step. And let's say it, there is something about hand work too - repetitive, soothing, relaxing. Another thing about hand stitching a binding is how rarely I need to unpick. Maybe that's a silly reason to like it so much, but it's true!
I'm not a huge gizmo and gadget girl, but one thing that has made my binding process even more pleasant is using Clover wonder clips. I won a packet (see, I doubt I would have bought them myself) and I love them. I used to get pricked by pins if I pinned my binding down, or a sore hand from holding the binding if I didn't pin. Now I get neither.
Note: I've no affiliation to Clover, nor Grandmother's Garden, which is the shop the link takes you too, it was just the first shop to come up when I googled Clover wonder clips New Zealand.
Maybe the other reason I like binding so much is that it means I've made all the hard design decisions. It means that I'm either happy with how the quilt has turned out, or, if I wasn't happy, at least it will be finished and done with shortly.
What's your favourite part of making a quilt? And then, probably more telling, what's your LEAST favourite part?!
Now, just for kicks and giggles, I was alerted by a friend that my mug shot was in the NZ Quilter magazine this month! NZ Quilter is our first and foremost quilting magazine in New Zealand, so I was pretty stoked to see I had a little write up.