To Clip or Not to Clip?

I’m what they call in the business world- an early adopter.  I like to try new things, and I especially like gadgets.  The good thing for me, is that there are a lot of those in the quilting world.  One of the gadgets I like and use are the little clips many of us use for binding.  I remember when they first came out many years ago, they were really cool, and they work so much better than the metal clips that look like the old hair clips or heaven forbid, pins.

Speaking of pins, like most quilters, I’m pretty much self taught.  Which means, I’ve made my fair share of mistakes along the way and learned as I went what worked for me.  I remember trying to bind some of my first quilts.  I was working in the custom furnishings industry at the time as a department head in the Upholstery and Drapery division of Staunton Fabric Center in Staunton, VA.  It sound a lot more glorified than it was, but I was young and I enjoyed it.  We used to occasionally make custom comforters for people, and they always had a big binding on them.  (It was the 90’s).  Anyway, so when I went to put my binding on my quilt, it thought that was the way you were supposed to do it.  So, the binding I made was huge!  I think the cording itself was a 1″ in diameter (and purple).  While the quilt turned out very simple, just 4″ squares in various colors offset by 12″ muslin squares, the binding is definitely different.  I think I even used 1/2″ seams on the quilt. Which I thought was quite small compared to the 5/8″ seams that I used when I sewed garments. 20170720_185413I tied the quilt with DMC floss to the backside of the quilt, and hand quilted the muslin squares with feather rings. 20170720_185504 But I digress.  The binding was huge, and I didn’t know how to do a french double fold binding back then- so I just cut strips and sewed them together, sewed one side to the quilt, and turned under the raw edge on the side to hand stitch.  20170720_185429Needless to say those little clips might have come in handy, but they weren’t around yet, and the binding was too big to use them anyway, so I had to use pins.  I got stuck so many times doing that binding, I think it started my anti-love affair with binding.  Even with the little clips these days, I still don’t enjoy hand sewing binding.  But they do make life easier.  So, I was on Amazon the other day, and going through their Deals of the Day, and what did I see but a cute little tin, filled with all sorts of those little clips in all sorts of colors.  20170720_181057Big ones and little ones, and even though I only use about 5 clips at a time when I’m binding, I just had to have it.  So, here’s my little tin of clips that just arrived today.  Isn’t it too cute?  It’s ridiculous how happy something like this makes me, but there you go.  I like gadgets.    And these might even be cute enough to make me tackle another one of my pile of quilts that needs binding, just to use them.  But let’s not be ridiculous, probably not.  🙂

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