I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Just in Time for December...

...I put the last stitches into the binding of my holiday quilt last night at quarter to ten.  When I got the quilted piece back from my LQS, I put off the binding for at least a week because the job seemed  like such a pain in the butt so daunting.  It's not like it's the first time I've ever bound a quilt, but sometimes my ambition just evaporates.

In this photo, the red seems to dominate,
but in person it fights for attention
with all the leaves in the
cream-colored fabric.
I'm still thinking it looks a little busy (sigh).

There are many leaves
in the cream-colored fabric.

I chose a medium drab green
for the quilting thread.
I wanted it to fade into the background,
which it does.

It now lives on my dining room wall.
Not planning to take it down
until at least February!

And while I was in a binding mood
had my sewing machine out,
I decided to finally finish-finish
the quilt-as-you-go square
that I put together in May.

This binding was sewn
entirely by machine--
a first for me.
If you look closely,
you can see that I used
a 3-step zigzag
to tack it down
instead of hand sewing.
The corners gave me
conniption fits!
(They still need to be "fixed" by hand.)

This the the "wrong" side.
The corners look better.
But it was a learning experience.
From now on, after I attach the binding to a quilt,
I'll finish it by hand.
It's much less stressful for this stitcher.

Happy December!
Thanks for stopping by.

1 comment:

Measi said...

Hi there! Thanks for joining the WIPocalypse! I just wanted to stop by to confirm that I've added you to the participant list (and my personal reading list... because your work is GORGEOUS!). I look forward to the updates for all of your crafty projects!