WIP Wednesday – Binding on 1930’s Reproduction Quilt

I finally finished sewing the binding on my 1930’s reproduction a quilt. The pinning was the hardest part.


I love doing bindings. But it’s really hard for me to do this, and the only place big enough is on the floor. I had spine fusion a few years ago – that’s what makes it difficult, physically. Just another reason why we are moving, (still looking), for a bigger home. Not a lot bigger, just by one room and a workshop for my husband Charlie.

And a proper sewing room to do this kind of work on a table, not the floor.


Biscuit kept me company and supervised, which always makes me happy!!

 I love when it fits right into the fold where it belongs.


Done!! Now to sewing.


So here’s the situation, and then a question. When I first learned to quilt, I was taught to….

1. Attach the binding to the quilt. 

2. Machine quilt. 

3. After that, sew the binding to the back.

4. Remove the basting stitches.

5. Wash the quilt to give it that crinkly and fluffy feel.

Most of my quilting buddies at Friday morning clinic were taught to machine quilt first, attach the binding, then sew the binding to the back or front.
(I just prefer doing it to the back). Either way is fine and pretty.

Let me know in the comment box which you do first, because a few months ago, was the first time I heard about attaching the binding after the machine quilting.
I am thinking with the extra fabric and batting hanging off, which we trim before attaching the binding, those sides would get caught on things and get in my way. It’s fine to do it either way, as I’m told. Just wondering what other people’s experience is like.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Have a great week. We are waiting for our third grandchild, who is now overdue.

Happy Quilting!! And I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Modern Pieced, and Lee Heinrich.