I fixed the binding on the quilt!
If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing correctly. My quilts may sometimes suffer because I am a beginner and can’t make certain things perfect.
But that is definitely not an excuse to half-ass things if I can do better.
That awful stitching showing all around the binding would have bothered the hell out of me. I went to all that trouble to learn how to do 2-tone binding. I want it to look good.
It took me about 2.5 hours to fix it. I ripped the binding off (that was easy - I used the seam ripper like a lawnmower and did a snip, rip motion. Since the quilt and the binding are pretty thick and durable, I could rip small portions without damaging them.
Then I picked out the threads from the binding. I had to fix it in a couple of spots because I did not backstitch the horizontal joins between the pieces and they started unraveling.
Then I trimmed all around the quilt. Just 1/8” or less. That trimmed OFF the stay stitching entirely in some areas, which made me nervous, but I knew I was going to fix it right away.
I pinned the binding back on. This was the part that I really didn’t want to do. The quilt is huge (compared to anything I’ve made before) and I hated trying to move it with all the pins in. I was getting stabbed left and right, and sewing on the binding was awful with the stabby thing sitting in my lap.
I tried using those binding clips that look like hair pins, but they don’t grip tightly enough. I need a different solution. Maybe I should just pin the opposite way. As a lefty I generally have them facing out.
Anyway I used the binder clips and just let them slip a bit. That meant I had to re-adjust as I sewed, but it was fine.
I had to redo the join in the binding since it was already a smidge loose and I’d trimmed off part of the quilt. That was actually good, because the new join was more precise than the original one.
The quilt looks really good right now. All the stitching that was showing is gone now and the edge looks crisp. I hope the binding will look good as I hand-finish it. I’m going to work on it this week at work. :)
It was SO WORTH IT to fix the binding. I’m happy now! :)