August 15 ~ Hand Sewing Photo of the Day

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Quilt Binding
By Rita, Red Pepper Quilts

Rita used a slip stitch to hand sew the binding on this Triangle Quilt. Rita’s an expert! Look at this amazing binding, and check out her beautiful quilts.

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79 Responses to August 15 ~ Hand Sewing Photo of the Day

  1. I think this is beautiful. Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm learning that hand sewing the binding is the best way to go for a professional look. Rita does have beautiful quilts.

  2. Stacy says:

    Beautiful work!

  3. Andrea says:

    I am still working on hand binding my sons crib bumper

  4. Krystina says:

    Adorable binding!

  5. qsogirl says:

    This is how I have done bindings, too. I think it looks so nice at the end!

  6. Somer says:

    I love those colors. So pretty.

  7. Erin says:

    My wedding quilt that a dear friend made for me has hand-sewn binding and I am amazed that it has stayed put!

    I’m loving all the hand-sewn goodies!

  8. Alyssa says:

    I just finished hand binding a quilt for my son. I actually wish there was a faster easier way to bind a quilt. It really hurts my hands to do all those small stiches.

  9. Erin H. says:

    I really love the fabrics she’s combined in this quilt, and in her Frog Pond baby quilt. Just lovely!

  10. Jeni says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

  11. kim d. says:

    beautiful color combinations! I really want to try my hand at a quilt soon!

  12. Wow! Such nice little stitches.

  13. Lisa says:

    Wow! What beautiful work…

  14. Beth Rivers says:

    how much time does it actually take to hand bind a whole quilt of that size? Its so gorgeous!

  15. Lizzie says:

    i love this. thank you for the wonderful idea…

  16. Oh, all those itty-bitty even stitches. I’m so envious…yet, thank God for my Singer! LOL

  17. Julie C says:


  18. Renee E says:

    I heart her quilts! They are sew beautiful!

  19. Sharon Griffith says:

    I really love the quilt. Her binding looks so straight and full, very nice.


  20. Debra says:

    Oh sew gorgeous…i am thrilled to have stumbled up on this very inspirational blog. I am about to make my first quilt, after collecting fabrics, ideas etc for bout 30 years now…LOL i think i am ready. Will be popping back in here regularly looking for more inspiration…her work is stunning ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Veronica says:

    I think there’s something so zenlike and relaxing about handsewing the back of the binding on a quilt. It does take forever, but it really makes the quilt feel handmade and one of a kind.

  22. ellen patton says:

    I love the colors of your quilt!

  23. Andrea says:

    She does amazing work. I love her quilts. I only hand sew my bindings, as that’s all I know there is to do? It’s very calming for me, especially after the tension and “race” to get the machine quilting done. I can finally sit in front of the telly, with tea and my handsewing to do, and it’s relaxing.

  24. pam says:

    I miss having the time to do more hand sewing, it really is relaxing. All your quilts are so inspiring.

  25. raven says:

    really great colors! i’m attempting my first triangle quilt right now!

  26. Carlie says:


  27. wendy says:

    Wow, beautiful quilts. I’m afraid that my handsewn binding looks like the work of a 5 year old ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL

  28. BeckyS says:

    That is a gorgeous quilt! The workmanship is amazing.
    My grammy always made her quilts completely by hand and it never ceased to amaze me. The hand-pieced tops that she hand-quilted and then bound by hand (even when her friends were all using their machines to do the bindings). Such a labor of love! I never understood why she did it.. until I knit my first pair of socks. And then I started handsewing everything too. My machine has sat lonely and neglected ever since…

  29. Nola says:

    I just started my first quilt, but I think I’m a few months from finishing. She makes it look so easy! Great site and love the quilts.

  30. Cheryl says:

    I think handsewing the binding on my quilts is one of my favourite parts of the process. Ask me tomorrow and I’ll probably answer differently.

  31. Julie says:

    Rita’s quilts truly are beautiful! I NEED to get into quilting, I just love the finished product!

  32. Dena says:

    Although I will machine stitch one side of my binding, I always hand stitch the final side. It just gives it that professional look. I love using all those fun prints for the binding too. It just gives your quilting project a surpise finish.

  33. jessica says:

    handstiching is beautiful and creative.

  34. Jeannine says:

    I love hand sewing the binding to a quilt. I can sit and relax in my chair, watch TV and just sew away.

  35. Shogun says:

    I find it SO relaxing to hand sew binding. Her red and white binding is great – I love to have active patterns in my binding choices.

  36. Julie says:

    Beautiful quilt. I’m just starting out with all this quilting stuff, so this is something to aspire to.

  37. Serena says:

    That is stunning. I love the detail!

  38. liz says:

    That is beautiful. Hand sewing a binding is such a precious detail.

  39. Cami Paul says:

    This is a great way to finish a quilt to make it look really neat.

  40. Doreen Kinkade says:

    Hi, Beautiful quilt. I just learned how to hand sew the binding, on my very 1st quilt.
    I did not think I would like that process, but I didn’t mind it at all.

  41. Kristin says:

    What a beautiful quilt with wonderful colors.

  42. Aimee says:

    Beautiful quilt! I love the process of hand stitching the binding!

  43. Ramona says:

    I do love a striped binding. Your quilts are lovely.

  44. jm says:

    Rita is amazing…always!

  45. Amy says:

    Just lovely!

  46. Ashley says:

    How cute! I have been wanting to try this, thanks for the inspiration!

  47. Helena says:

    Love your quilts. I enjoy hand binding my quilts something about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Mikaela says:

    What a fun quilt!

  49. Amy says:

    I know you have been trying out machine stitching on the binding lately but I really love the hand stitched look. I agree with others too that it is so nice to sit and enjoy the quilt as you stitch the binding. It is hard not to get impatient though!

  50. anja says:

    handsewn quilt bindings–it’s the way to go, very neat and professional looking. i never could get that done so neatly on the sewing machine.

  51. wintu nancy says:

    I love putting the binding on a quilt. There is something soothing about sitting quietly and doing that hand stitching. And then you are DONE!

  52. Adrianne says:

    I love a hand stitched binding and Rita’s are beautiful!

  53. amy says:

    Hand binding is so beautiful! It takes me forever, but it’s worth it!

  54. Kimberly says:

    I love those colors so much. Beautiful work.

  55. suzi says:

    I love the colors in this quilt. I prefer the look of a slipstitched binding to that of a machine stitched one.

  56. Kelli says:

    I always think it’s nice after making the entire quilt on the machine to take the last step of sewing down the binding by hand. I can sit and watch TV with my family and finish the quilt (almost always a gift for someone I love) while I think about the recipient. Hand sewing may not be my forte or the part I like best, but it is a really nice way to finish up a gift of love.
    PS LOVE the triangle quilt!

  57. bashtree says:

    I love this! I’m a new quilter and I still struggle with the binding…the idea of hand-stitching instead intrigues me.

  58. kelly jo says:

    Wow! Her quilts are beautiful! Very lovely!

  59. Rita makes some awesome quilt and always finishes them off with the perfect binding sewn on perfectly!!

  60. jennsquared says:

    It’s so beautiful!

  61. Aimee says:

    LOVE the triangle quilt! Is the solid that she used linen?

  62. Margie says:

    Wow that binding really does make the quilt!! Its so beautiful.

  63. Ellen says:

    This is great! I’d been wondering about hand-sewing binding and now I can see some beautiful examples of it!

  64. Kerneknop says:

    Love to get tricks and ideas. Thanks…

  65. Andi says:

    Wow! Such beautiful quilts! (and bindings too!) I have always hand-sewn my bindings – once I was still sewing the binding on a quilt on route to the baby shower where the quilt was a gift. I could have machine-sewed it when I was running out of time, but I love the look of the hand-sewn binding so much better. (I finished it just as we pulled into the driveway – phew!). I’m loving the daily dose of inspiration – thanks Sew, Mama, Sew!

  66. Norma says:

    so pretty and the stitches are so even

  67. Beth says:

    I love red pepper quilts and her combinations of the linen and bright colors!

  68. Megan says:

    What a pretty quilt! I really love the color choices!

  69. Paula in NH says:

    Sewing on the binding is my favorite part of the quilt. I love to spend time with the quilt on my lap working in those last stitches before I give it away or keep it myself.

  70. Kaye says:

    Wow! These quilts are beautiful. I have a friend who hand sews all her bindings, but I have always been afraid of it. After looking at this, maybe I CAN do it. I will practice first on something small. I am getting a whole new respect for hand sewing this month.

  71. Karen says:


  72. Wendy B says:

    love the bold colours of the quilt and the binding really sets it off. Bewdiful!!!!!
    Wendy B

  73. ellen says:

    Love the colors on that quilt!

  74. Georgia says:

    Lovely photo. Rita makes amazing quilts. ๐Ÿ˜€

  75. Shelly says:

    So pretty!

  76. Trudy Callan says:

    What a great idea.

  77. Terri says:

    Her quilts are beautiful I am so jealous. I love her work.

  78. Jodieth says:

    I think this is beautiful. I’m learning that hand sewing the binding is the best way to go for a professional look. Rita does have beautiful quilts.

  79. tara says:

    Hand binding the last and final step to a quilt. I sort of cringe at this step but I do get it done and it is very rewarding. Sitting with the quilt on your lap you can have time to soak up all the effort and beauty you have put into it.

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