Bound and Determined

Early on when I began quilting, I finished piecing and doing simple machine quilting of the stitch-in-the-ditch variety on some projects. Then I followed the instructions in a quilting book and successfully made the binding for them. Must have been beginner's luck because for the life of me, I couldn't do it again when it came to completing this snowman wall hanging. I fussed and fussed with it and couldn't get the angle right for sewing the two ends of the binding together. I even bought a special ruler at a quilt show that was supposed to give me a perfect angle and I couldn't figure it out with that. It was beginning to get in the way of my quilting enjoyment and making me avoid quilting. Finally, I took my problems to the owner of my LQS and she walked me through the steps again. Voila! Perfect binding! This cute little guy was a paper piecing project. (Have I mentioned that I really enjoy paper piecing?). He was to have been completed in January for Nancy's UFO Challenge but, hey, better late than never, right?

Getting this small project off my quilting table gave me a psychological boost and inspired me to put the binding on a small quilt made from a pack of charm squares. This quilt is being donated to my quilt guild for their comfort quilt program. I love the kaleidoscope fabric for the backing and it was very forgiving of a few small mistakes.

I have one more project awaiting binding. Now all I need is time.


  1. Very nice quilts! Glad you got the binding problem figured out -- it's so good to have a good LQS!

  2. Love your snowman Susan - glad you got the help you needed to make it a finish! Hope you enjoy your holiday - mel

  3. They're both wonderful! I love that snowman guy.


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