I know that this may sound strange to some of the quilters out there, but I find great joy in binding my quilts. After all of the (countless) hours of cutting and sewing and quilting are complete, finishing the binding of a quilt by hand allows the quilter the opportunity to test the quilt out (if working on your lap) and to savor the accomplishment of a another big project well done.
There are so many modern techniques that we employ today: machine piecing, fancy rulers, long arm quilting, that binding by hand seems to be one of the few traditional techniques. And yet this is the one time where we really get to sit with our completed piece and be with it before it goes to a new home. Binding is like the grande finale when you get to see all of your effort come together into something really unique and special.
Despite the fact that I nick my thumb constantly and must steer clear of citrus for days after hand binding, I relish the time to just be with the quilt.