Wednesday, April 3, 2013
wow Finish # four
In my quest for faster binding methods I decided to try putting the binding on from the back and then stitching it down on the front. My photo is too blurry to show. I shoulda took at least two! ;^) I like a thin binding but I am learning that machine stitching a narrow binding is aggravating. Trying to pull that slightly narrow edge over the bulging seam allowance is not as easy as by hand. I would be more generous now and cut my strips two and a half inches for a double fold binding. For this one I used my blanket stitch.
I spread the stitches quite far apart. I think I like that better than a zig zag stitch. I should have matched my thread better as well. Hindsight is SEW wonderful!
I am starching the fabric for the next binding and I hope to have something to show for the end of the week.
There are one or two things to finish in the north rooms and then I'll be able to get some of the stuff I have stashed all over the house back to its appropriate place. I don't want to rush but move slowly and choose wisely! Just because that was where it has always been doesn't mean it has to go there. lol
In between quilts I took the opportunity to screen print some deli paper and some watercolour paper for my class. Deli paper is unwaxed or dry waxed sandwich paper. It is translucent and when applied to collages the background almost disappears and the paint predominates. Lots of fun making these as they are not finished works of art but are meant to be ripped and glued down on top of other images. Instant gratification and helps me tackle some more of those old ufo's.
April 1st was the coldest in 16 years here in Manitoba. Perhaps a look at some of the other Canucks linking to the The Needle and Thread Network will show that winter REALLY is finished in other parts of Canada!