Well…it’s officially fall now and I know that because the annual South Valley Quilt Association’s 2010 Harvest Quilt & Fiber Arts Show in Morgan Hill, CA, is this upcoming weekend.Â I was proud to be invited to be one of the judges for this show.Â The quilts are absolutely breathtaking!Â They even have youth exhibits, for children ages 5-8 & 9-12!Â You HAVE to see the remarkable quilts these kids made!Â They will absolutely blow your mind.Â It’s fabulous to know that there’s a whole new generation of quilters on the horizon.Â More details at:Â http://www.artsopolis.com/event/detail/44733/Harvest_Quilt_and_Fiber_Arts_Show.Â If you’re in northern California, it’s definitely worth the trip.
One of the things I have noticed in my ventures around the country, quilt bindings are the nemesis of many of us.Â However, bindings do NOT have to be an adversary.Â Trust me.Â I, like a vast majority of you quilters out there, fought the perfect binding with my heart and soul. <g>Â I figured I would muddle through and, like my other quilting techniques, it would improve with age.Â Wrong!
Think about this:Â You’ve spent weeks getting it to the point of binding.Â You’ve cut, sewn, (ripped some?) quilted, quilted some more and now you’re ready to bind and sleeve your quilt.Â Why not give it the same attention you did during the entire creative process?Â I was extremely fortunate when Sharon Schamber finally taught me how to do a really fabulous binding and my finished quilts improved dramatically.Â I know…I know…I’m stubborn.Â I should have sought out a better way to do them much earlier on but as they say, it’s never too late to learn something.
This means so much to me that I’d like to offer a free binding class to any guild I go to.Â I’m amazed at how many very experienced quilters out there simply never embraced (or were taught) a good binding technique.Â Are we all just so tired of looking at our quilts during the making process that we run out of steam by the time we get to the bindings?Â Well…that doesn’t have to be the case.Â I’ve posted Sharon’s technique on my website here, and will be making some little improvements to these pix in the very near future, so keep an eye out.
Look through the tutorial and if you have any questions or suggestions for improving it, just drop me a note here in the comments.