Andrea asked how long it took me to hand sew down the binding: 3 hours and 40 minutes. :) The quilt measures 43x56 inches. Not bad timing, given the fact that I was distracted here and there.
Paula mentioned that she always trimmed the quilt before attaching the binding, and does it make it easier not to trim it beforehand? I'd like to think so. Below is a picture of a quilt binding that I trimmed before sewing, and before I knew about the .5 extra.
You can see a little waviness and it doesn't hold so straight. Also can see a little indenting due to no filler/extra batting puff.
Now below is the side of my aunt's quilt and you can see that it's much straighter looking (I haven't washed or blocked or anything with the quilt yet).
I also think it's better to trim the binding after you sew it on because I would imagine there's some stretch/shifting in the fabric (even after it's been quilted) and not trimming ahead of time will help prevent undue stress to the edge. This theory applies to borders - if you're going to measure borders, measure the center of the quilt because the edges will stretch out a little bit. Bonnie shows and explains what happens when you use the edges to measure for a border - every long armer's nightmare! So if that can happen to borders... what's preventing it from happening to bindings?
And the picture below shows why you gotta fold down the right side of the binding before the left - this one is crooked, of centered and unpleasing to the eye.
Below is a nicely mitered corner, straight edges with pleasing "plump" to them and a long ways from my first binding days! :)
Note to self: email my mom or have my aunt email me so I can make a label for the quilt and mail it off before the baby is due! :P
Still fighting my cold here. I have it way worse than my husband - lots of sneezing and some coughing. All he did was sniffle and whine. ;) Actually he hates whining. But at least I never get the flu/throw up... so I guess bad colds are a good thing? Just hoping I don't end up giving the cold right back to my husband! :)