In a Bind?

On January 1, I did an inventory of my UFOs. I was stunned to discover 43 quilts on the list! Yikes—how did that happen?

I’ve pulled a dozen of my favorites with the goal to get these quilted by mid-year. Three of the larger tops are already with the long-armer. I can quilt the smaller ones myself.

Binding is another story. I like hand finishing bindings and usually do it while I’m parked in front of the TV. But I have a lofty goal here. This gives me the opportunity to use Clover’s Wonder Clips which were reviewed in Quiltmaker’s March/April ’12 Inspirations.

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Clovers Wonder Clips

The Wonder Clips can be used to hold binding in place for hand-stitching–but I plan to speed things up by finishing my binding by machine.

I’ve sewn the binding on to a quilt top as I normally do.

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Next, I wrap the binding around to the back of the quilt and hold it tightly in place with the clips. From the front, notice how the edge of the clip is in the ditch of the binding seam.

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front view

On the back of the quilt, the bottom edge of the clip shows you where the stitching will be. I’m spacing the clips pretty close together and I’m now wishing I had the package of 50 clips instead of just 10. I’ll be removing and positioning clips as I’m sewing.

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back view

Here is a look at the clips in the corner of the quilt.

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With the clips in place, I’m ready to sew. I’m using a matching thread to stitch in the ditch along the binding seam, opening the clips wide and carefully removing them along the way, so I’m not pulling the binding out of position.

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When I examine the finished results, I’m pretty pleased.

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Oops. A little trouble in the corners probably means more practice positioning and removing the clips in there.

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But a little hand sewing can fix that.

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get attachment 9 e1330716730975 In a Bind?I know I’ll be adding more Wonder Clips to my sewing room–the 10 piece package is $6.95 and a 50 piece package is $32.95. With 11 more tops to meet my goal, I should get enough practice on those corners and have this technique mastered in no time.

How many UFOs do you plan to finish in 2012?

About Eileen Fowler

I am an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker. My quilting hobby, that began over 20 years ago, turned into a career when I was hired by Quiltmaker in 2008. My quilting passion is slowly taking over every nook and cranny in my house. I have a supportive husband who makes it all possible.
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