Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Last Step

I love the slow, mindless process of sewing the binding on a quilt. 

Not only does it afford me the time to reflect upon the journey I travelled while making the quilt but also to embrace the peace that I experience whenever I have a needle between my fingers.


Safe Harbor II...stay tuned for the reveal!

Happy stitching!

43 comments:

sunny said...

Ooh, can't wait for the reveal! I've been working on bindings all weekend, and I love the process, too.

Donna~~ said...

I'm doing a binding too--very slowly. Love your backing fabric!

Diane said...

Okay, I'll admit, I am SUPER curious and can't wait to see it! Love the backing fabric!

Maywyn Studio said...

Wow, I love that fabric.

Jacqueline said...

The backing is fabulous.. can't wait to see the front.

I have 2 wall hangings waiting for the hand stitching on the binding. Plan on getting started Monday. I too love hand work.

gracie said...

Looking forward to seeing this complete...the backing is lovely. I always like the hand sewing part of a project....

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Wonderful backing!

Sheila said...

What a perfect backing! Can't wait to see the finished quilt. Have a terrific Sunday.

barcord said...

Mmmmh! Nice backing fabric Kaaren.

Sandy Rowe said...

I too, love the time for reflection and peace while stitching on my bindings! Can hardly wait for the big reveal!

annie said...

can't wait to see it, I love the fabric on the back!

Heartsdesire said...

The backing fabric looks fabulous. I'll certainly be back for the front reveal.

Susannah said...

I have a feeling that I am going to love it!!!!!!!

Dianne in the country said...

Hi Kaaren,

Can't wait to see Safe Harbour two. Love the backing. Is it a new fabric.

Enjoy the evening.

Dianne

Dianne in the country said...

Hi Kaaren,

Can't wait to see Safe Harbour two. Love the backing. Is it a new fabric.

Enjoy the evening.

Dianne

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Samplings from Spring Creek said...

The backing is awesome--love the blue

Sherri McConnell said...

So beautifully said...there is indeed peace that comes as we piece--especially with hand work!

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

Kaaren... I LoVe the backing on this quilt. I agree... it does take a long time to sew down the binding, but it is so relaxing.

Janet O. said...

Oh, aren't you the tease? : )

Kindred Quilts said...

Agree... binding a quilt is a great relaxer. Looking forward to the big reveal!

Ann in PA said...

Wow, what beautiful backing...can't wait to see the front!

onlymehere said...

I'm waiting on pins and needles for this reveal!!

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

That's a favorite part of the process to me as well. Lovely meditation.

Merilyn said...

I have to agree!! I do love that last bit of handsewing on a quilt, and yes the mind does wander, good 'thinking time'!!!! I also love to have some gentle quiet classical music in the background too....Look forward to seeing your finished quilt!!!!

Carin said...

Can't wait to see it ;-)

Bev said...

Just love the backing and can hardly wait to see the front. I am waiting for my quilter to send my 2 finished quilts next week and do the binding. It must also feel terrific, especially with all your positive health news lately. Continue to enjoy the quilting process and all the joy that it brings you. Also Kaaren, thank you for the new First Friday of the month pattern. It is a real beauty and I am hoping for some spare time in the future to sew this Christmas gem. As always, be well and keep happy. Bev

Pam in IL said...

What a tease! LOL Can't wait to see the reveal. The backing is beautiful!

Judy MacLeod said...

Oh! Oh! Oh! LOVE that backing fabric! I'm still quilting a sailboats quilt for my youngest grandson and that backing would have been SEW perfect! Instead he gets flannel dots and stars. Cozy but not the "perfect" backing for a sailboat themed quilt.

Needled Mom said...

What a great backing for Safe Harbor!! I love it.

Lori said...

Binding is the best part.

Kris said...

Kaaren - I too love the binding process!! It says so many things about me - I finished a project, I love the peace I have while binding, and I am with you - I love the feel of the needle in my hand!! Can't wait to see the reveal!! :-))

Elizabeth said...

I too love switching my brain to the peaceful mode when I have a needle and thread in my hand to stitching the binding. happy stitching, stay snug.

margaret said...

look forward to seeing this complete, a fully reverseable quilt with such a lovely backing

Hardin County Keepsakes said...

I can tell I will love this one.Red ,navy,cream and stars.All my favorites.Doing the binding is my favorite part of making a quilt.j

Taryn said...

I, too, feel peace when I have a needle between my fingers. Thank for articulating it so well.

Candace said...

My sentiments, exactly, Kaaren!
Cheers!

Jeanna said...

I'm intrigued Kaaren! Love the backing fabric...

I too find handstitching my bindings very peaceful. As a matter of fact, I have two quilts waiting for my attention now. Hope to finish them soon.

Marie said...

I can't wait to see your latest masterpiece!

Janet said...

Can't wait for the showing. I love your backing.

paulette said...

The PERFECT fabric for this gorgeous quilt!! Can't wait to see the reveal!
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Louise said...

I really enjoy hand finishing the binding. Almost feel sad when I put the last stitches in the binding and label. Not sad for very long though. Beautiful, perfect backing!

Nancy said...

I love your backing fabric. At some point did you share what fabric that is?