This last weekend I had a couple of hours to work in my sewing room. I was almost at a loss for what project to work on, then I remembered that last time I straightened up the room I put many unfinished projects (UFO’s) into one location. I hurried over and opened it up. This was the first project that I took out to finish:
I poked around on the blog to see if I had previous info on this project. Sadly, no. This was on my old blog that is no longer in existence. So, a little background. Several years ago I went on a ladies’ trip to Hawaii. While there, LB picked out a project for me to make for her. I appliqued the pink flowers with needle turn technique and then echo quilted around the motif.
When I stopped working on this project, I had finished the hand echo quilting. I tried to match the pink fabric at the local fabric store and had no luck. I purchased some brown quilting cotton as the back. I figured that white/pink/brown would remind one of Basket Robins… 😀
When finished, I will be mailing this project to South Carolina. I wanted to finish it as a pillowslip, but leave out the pillow for mailing. Because I wouldn’t be sewing the pillow into the slip, I needed to make some way to put the pillow in. I decided to have an opening in the middle of the back with button closures.
After ironing the wrinkles out of the fabric, I cut in directly in half. I used a “Quilter’s Choice” quilt marking pencil to mark one inch in from the center edge. I did this on both sides of the center back.
I turned over the fabric on the marked line and gave it a press. Then I turned it again and another press, topstitching along the edge.
Once the edge was finished on each side, I over-lapped the edges and pinned them into place. Now I was ready to attach the back to the front. Alright, not quite ready. I had to square off the front.
For this step, I had more help than I really needed…
Once it was squared up, they were sewn together:
My original plan was to incase some cording in the edge seams
No matter what I tried, it just wasn’t working out as I had planned. I decided to bind the edges with the remainder of the matching pink fabric. This would also serve to encase the seam allowances inside. To make the binding, I joined the fabric strips together into one long strip. While making the binding I took the time to do it at an angle, to make it much less bulky while attaching it to the actual piece (I didn’t do this for the t-shirt quilt, and should have). After making the long strip, I ironed it in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together. Using the machine, I sewed the raw edges to the front of the pillowslip taking care to miter each corner.
Because I have had so few moments to be in my sewing room this summer, I had decided to do as many things that I needed the machines for. So, when I got to a hand stitching stage, I set the project aside to work on while on-the-go. Besides, Pixie was really DONE with my sewing fun for this day:
Just a small pictorial update on the Succulent applique project:
Back to the Layette progress:
I was planning on posting Workbasket on Wednesday night. But, I was so very close to being finished with the blanket that I wanted to wait. When I left ‘knitting night’ I had 10 rows of patterned knitting and 10 rows of knitting remaining to finish.
Finally done, at least with the knitting part. I still have to work in the yarn ends, but this next Wednesday (knitting night) it will belong to DC!