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! 

11 comments:

Mary Ann said...

Your doing very good with your finishes Elle...very productive:)

Createology said...

Love this Rooster quilt. Your finishing is really checking off sew many projects. Congratulations! The house looks beautiful and is the Spring you don't have outside. Deli papers ready for play...how fun!!
Wonderful Wednesday Dear...

Magpie Quilts said...

Love that you're getting things finished - such a good feeling! And the house is looking great!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I like the colours in you little quilt! And I have tried machine binding too....never sure if it actually saves me any time...it is slow careful work for me!
Your new room looks wonderful, love the french doors and all the sunlight!

HollyM said...

Another quilt, lovely. I recently saw someone else do a decorative stitch on the binding and thought it was a great alternative to the straight line and trying to keep it in the right pace.
I love your new rooms! The floor is so rich and beautiful!

wipgirl said...

The screenprinted deli paper looks fantastic - I LOVE instant gratification projects too, and that one is particularly great because you can use it in a different project and get a second boost of good feelings from it :D

I don't know if winter is done here in Calgary, but... yesterday it was +19 and all the snow is pretty much gone (except under trees and in very shady places), but it was snowing this morning when I got up (dropped back down to +1) and we could conceivably keep getting snow for the next month or two.

pegsplace said...

Great for finishing things. I'm not sold on the idea of sewing the binding from the front...what was your concensus? As for winter ... it is STILL here in Quebec, seriously snow squalls etc, since Monday evening...really depressing!

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Love that screen printed deli paper! And I am impressed with your tenacity toward the narrow bindings. Do you always starch? Snow squall in our part of NB today - made me want to run home and crawl under the blankets.

What Comes Next? said...

you are on a real roll! Your binding looks great - and I can't believe you also found time to make all those great screen prints! Wow!

Leanne said...

When you get finishing those quilts, you sure go fast. And newly done rooms are just so pretty, I am looking forward to seeing how you set them up.

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely quilt and room!