I was able to sew down the binding on my brother's birthday quilt yesterday and run it thru the washer/dryer.
Gotta love a soft, crinkly quilt straight from the dryer!
I tried a new way (for me) of sewing down the binding. After attaching the binding to the back of the quilt, I folded it to the front and sewed it down using my machine.
I thought it made for a much nicer finish than sewing it to the front, folding to the back, and then stitching in the ditch on the top (so the stitches are hidden).
Now, I don't have a problem with hand stitching down binding... I'm near-sighted and can still thread a needle without glasses! I also find hand sewing/embroidery relaxing and have spent many an evening in front of the television, stitching away. However, I find that hand sewing things is similar to pie crusts for most folks... at least the ones I hang out with...
My gifted quilts are made to be used and enjoyed... not entered in a quilt show to be judged. Additionally, after battling perfectionism for most of my life.... I don't want that ugly monster rearing its head again!
After all, my goal in life is to be happy....