Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Brr it's cold!

It's a sunny but cold day again today. I believe it was around -1C when I went for a walk around noon. I made my first batch of Christmas cookies this morning, a new recipe I found in a grocery flier for cranberry pistachio shortbreads. They're shaped into a roll like an ice box cookie and after chilling, are sliced and baked. Of course I had to sample one! I'm trying to be good and keep loosing weight so I'm not going to bake a lot this year.

Yesterday, I finished stitching down all the snowflakes on the runner and this morning I sandwiched it to take to UFO day on Saturday where I'll free motion quilt it.

Since I had such fun the other day playing with the paints and glitter, I also did three more cards.

I've slowly been trying to get projects finished and decided to try machine stitching the binding onto this piece. I haven't figured out how to make it even. As you can see its a little wider in some spots. Can I live with it? I'm not sure yet. This not a very large piece, and is heavily thread painted as well as hand embroidered. I debated how to finish it off. Should I zigzag it? That seemed kind of unfinished by itself and since it has batting in it like a quilt, I didn't really want to frame it.
In the end I opted for the simple binding.
Now that I see it on the screen, I quite like the binding fabric but don't think I can live with its unevenness. Does anyone have any hints or suggestions?

7 comments:

Exuberant Color said...

Well I happen to like the wonkiness of the binding, after all this is an art piece, not a quilt being judged in a competition. Artistic license should be considered here, not perfect sewing skills.

elle said...

I had my doubts about that fabric but it looks fine and the wonkiness isn't to noticable. I do luv your way with trees.

Jo said...

I like the binding fabric. I think it looks fab as it is. The snowflake runner looks good too, the little bit we can see :)

Susan Being Snippy said...

I have to agree with previous comments, I think that bit of wonkiness adds to the little quilt! But if I may put my two bits in, that little 'valley' is caused by your sewing a crooked line, not by the fabric being uneven. Do you use a 1/4 inch foot on your machine? if not, it will make a world of difference and your sewn lines will be much straighter...

pegsplace said...

Wonkiness matches...I like it. It all depends on how YOU can live with it. Beautiful pieces and the baking sounds scrumptious!

Rosa said...

Awesome projects.Love your blocks runner!

Regina said...

What little wonkiness there is enhances your piece!
Your snowflakes are very nice, do I see turned under seam allowances?
That recipe sounds yummy, I'll have to try something like that.....